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Beginner's guide to Tolkien's works

B. Larsen
 
The Hobbit
The Hobbit
"The Tolkien book to start with, despite it not being the chronologically first. This takes place just prior to "The Lord of the Rings" triology and is more of a fairy tale than the rest of the books."
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
"This contains the three "Lord of the Rings" books (which the movies are based upon): "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers" and "The King Returns"."
The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
"This takes place prior to the above four books and it is much harder to read, but gives great insight to the world, history and peoples of Middle-Earth."
Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia
Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia
"I highly recommend getting either this or another reference to the works of Tolkien, as it is of great use while reading fx "The Silmarillion""
The Complete History of Middle-Earth : Part 1
The Complete History of Middle-Earth : Part 1
"The next 3 volumes are for those who still can't get enough :)"
The Complete History of Middle-Earth: Part 2
The Complete History of Middle-Earth: Part 2
The History of Middle-earth: Pt. 3
The History of Middle-earth: Pt. 3