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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 is the unofficial Lord of the Rings timeline for the films and film tie-in material, such as video games like Shadows of Mordor. The rights to create tie-in materials like video games for Lord of the Rings used to be rather limited. The rights for the books and films were separate, so Warner Brothers could only make games based on the films and only on the films. Thankfully, the rights were consolidated and other tie-in works can be made based on the books or pieces of the books that didn’t appear in the films.

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.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

29

Post-LOTR

Game

Justin Cheadle

2010-09-14

28

War in the North

Game

Scott Crawford

2011-11-01

27

War in the North

Game

2006-02-28

26

War in the North

Game

2004-12-06

25

LOTR

Film

Romeo Muller

1980-05-11

24

LOTR

Game

2003-11-03

23

LOTR

Film

Fran Walsh
Peter Jackson
Philippa Boyens

2003-12-17

22

LOTR

Audio Drama

J.R.R. Tolkien

1981-08-30

21

LOTR

Novel

J.R.R. Tolkien

1955-10-20

20

LOTR

Game

2002-10-21

19

LOTR

Film

Chris Conkling
Peter S. Beagle

1978-11-15

18

LOTR

Film

Fran Walsh
Peter Jackson
Philippa Boyens
Stephen Sinclair

2002-12-18

17

LOTR

Audio Drama

J.R.R. Tolkien

1981-08-30

16

LOTR

Novel

J.R.R. Tolkien

1954-11-11

15

LOTR

Film

Fran Walsh
Peter Jackson
Philippa Boyens

2001-12-19

14

LOTR

Audio Drama

J.R.R. Tolkien

1981-08-30

13

LOTR

Novel

J.R.R. Tolkien

1954-07-29

12

Shadow of Mordor

Game

Tony Elias

2017-10-10

11

Shadow of Mordor

Game

Christian Cantamessa

2014-09-30

10

Hobbit

Film

Fran Walsh
Guillermo del Toro
Peter Jackson
Philippa Boyens

2014-12-17

9

Hobbit

Film

Fran Walsh
Guillermo del Toro
Peter Jackson
Philippa Boyens

2013-12-13

8

Hobbit

Film

Fran Walsh
Guillermo del Toro
Peter Jackson
Philippa Boyens

2012-12-14

7

Hobbit

Film

Romeo Muller

1977-11-27

6

Hobbit

Audio Drama

J.R.R. Tolkien
Michael Kilgarriff

1968-01-01

5

Hobbit

Novel

J.R.R. Tolkien

1937-09-21

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