J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) was an English author best known for his high fantasy novels including The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and others. Aside from being an author, Tolkien was also a poet, university professor and philologist. Due to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books, he was able to breathe new life into the fantasy (and more specifically, high fantasy) genre. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have each been adapted into other mediums several times, but the most famous adaptations are the Peter Jackson film adaptations of each. Evidently, his legacy lives on decades after his passing due to movie adaptations of his work and as a major inspiration to any fantasy novelist.

Tolkien had poems published as far back as 1911, but his first novel was The Hobbit, or There and Back Again and was published in 1937. Below is a list of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and some of his other published works in order of publication and chronological order:

Publication Order of The Lord of the Rings Books

The Hobbit (1937)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Two Towers (1954)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Return of the King (1955)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Middle-Earth Universe Books

Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle-Earth (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Poems From The Hobbit (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of The History of Middle-Earth Books

The Book of Lost Tales, Part One (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lays of Beleriand (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shaping of Middle-earth (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lost Road and Other Writings (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The War of the Jewels (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The History of Middle Earth Index (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Great Tales of Middle-Earth (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of History Of The Lord Of The Rings Collections

The Return of the Shadow (1988)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Treason of Isengard (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The War of the Ring (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sauron Defeated (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Later Silmarillion Collections

Morgoth's Ring: The Legends of Aman (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The War of the Jewels: The Legends of Beleriand (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun (1945)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Farmer Giles of Ham (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Drawings by Tolkien (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Roverandom (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Children of Húrin (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Story of Kullervo (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lost Manuscript (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beren and Lúthien (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Smith of Wootton Major (1967)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Tales from the Perilous Realm (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tree and Leaf (1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tolkien Reader (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Poems and Stories (1971)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Letters from Father Christmas (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Silmarillion (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Peoples of Middle-earth (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Tolkien Miscellany (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fall of Arthur (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Picture Books

Bilbo's Last Song (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mr Bliss (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Oliphaunt (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Middle English Reader and Vocabulary (1921)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beowulf and the Critics (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tolkien on Fairy-stories (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Finn and Hengest: The Fragment and the Episode (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Monsters and the Critics: The Essays of J.R.R. Tolkien (1983)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Father Christmas Letters (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: The full title of The Hobbit is The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.

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