Today marks the anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s death.
In honor of his life and work, we offer this reading guide to his works that flesh out the history and culture of Middle Earth, beyond the familiar Lord of the Rings Series.
How deeply have you read about Middle Earth beyond The Lord of the Rings?
One of the most intriguing characters in The Lord of the Rings, the amusing and enigmatic Tom Bombadil, also appears in verses said to have been written by Hobbits and preserved in the ‘Red Book’ with stories of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and their friends. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil collects these and other poems, mainly concerned with legends and jests of the Shire at the end of the Third Age. This special edition has been expanded to include earlier versions of some of Tolkien’s poems, a fragment of a prose story with Tom Bombadil, and comprehensive notes by acclaimed Tolkien scholars Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond.