Tolkien is well known as the father of modern fantasy. See his books, their adaptations, and other stories told within Middle-earth.
What’s on the Lord of the Rings Timeline?
This timeline includes the books, their primary adaptations, and a number of other tie-in materials. It might not include every adaptation ever, but we’ve got the most important ones.
Where to start reading Tolkien’s work?
While it comes chronologically, the Silmarillion is definitely not the best place to start. Generally, we recommend starting with The Hobbit, and then moving on from there. The books can be somewhat large and tough to get through for some, so pace yourself. Of course, the films are a nice way to understand what happens and build up interest in reading the books.
Of course, if you just want to read Tolkien’s work in a rough chronological order, without all the other fluff, we recommend reading them in this order:
- The Silmarillion
- The Children of Hurin
- Beren and Luthien
- The Unfinished Tales
- The Hobbit
- The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Two Towers
- Return of the King
Note: For another unique look at a Lord of the Rings timeline visit the Lord of the Rings chapter by chapter reading order.
The Lord of the Rings Timeline 2.0