Lord of the Rings

  - J.R.R. Tolkien

Middle-Earth, and all Fantasy, are firmly rooted in J.R.R. Tolkien's magnificent The Lord of the Rings. It's odd, finally coming back to J.R.R.'s opus, after 20-odd years. Slow getting started, even, the prose being simple in tone, and old as the earth - a child's tale from another age. Yet the prose builds, grows, develops, so I've shed tears more than once before even completing Part One of the trilogy. Amazing language, compelling, simple and driven eloquence. Incredible - and though I may estrange the readers of Jordan, Feist, and others whom I also enjoy - none comes close to the Master.

hobbits on Weathertop If you've discovered Middle-Earth through director Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, do yourself a favour - read the books! And the converse holds as well; if you haven't yet seen the movies - do so. The movies may not be entirely accurate, but they are superb, and are as true to Tolkien's vision as humanly possible.

More on Jackson's movie trilogy at:

  • www.lordoftherings.net - the official movie site. Features previews, trailers, movie art and images, computer wallpaper, screen savers and desktop themes
  • TheOneRing®.net fan site gathers news, rumors, and discussions of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Hosted by director Peter Jackson's official fan club
  • TolkienMovies.com - another independent Lord of the Rings movie news, rumors, photos site ...
  • artwork and prop replicas offered by SideshowWeta.com
  • similarly, Museum Replicas offers reproductions of all the famous movie swords, and the One Ring itself!


  • Dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien:

  • The Tolkien Society is an international organisation intended to further interest in the life and works of the late Professor J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Tolkien's Legacy - explores both J.R.R. Tolkien and his creations
  • Tolkien Online - considered the ultimate LOTR site by many. Stories, artwork, articles, in-depth movie reviews. Iif you didn't think the movies deviated that much from the source material ...
  • The Tolkien Meta-FAQ - a unified index to several Frequently Asked Questions compilations about J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-Earth
  • A Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien - Åke Bertenstam's near-complete record of Professor Tolkien's published books and contributions to books and periodicals
  • A New Tolkien Dictionary defines and gives etymological derivations for names and terms in Sindarin and Quenya, Common, Mannish, and Hobbit. Exhaustive
  • The most ambitious Encyclopedia of Arda - an illustrated hypertext encyclopedia of Tolkien's realms and peoples. "The site is nowhere near completion, and will probably never achieve this. The index on which it is based contains almost 5,000 headings, and writing and illustrating entries for all of these will probably take years."
  • The Tolkien Archives - the NY Times Guide to the World of J.R.R. Tolkien. Updated weekly
  • Scholarly site, broader in scope than the name suggests, with an excellent bibliography of everything by, and much about Tolkien, at the Resources for Tolkienian Linguistics
  • Virtual Tour of Tolkien's Oxford Requires QuickTime VR. Neat
  • Want maps of Middle-Earth? Lotrmaps.cjb.net has them
  • Artwork at The Barrow-Downs and at Moscow State University
  • Dan Smith's Tengwar fonts: Quenya, Sindarin and Noldor fonts. With help files, textbooks, etc.

     
    Rating: 9.4


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    Paul's Top Ten

    1. Lord of the Rings
      J.R.R. Tolkien
    2. Name of the Wind
      Patrick Rothfuss
    3. The Deed of Paksenarrion
      Elizabeth Moon
    4. Ysabel
      Guy Gavriel Kay
    5. Malazan Book of the Fallen
      Steven Erikson
    6. Mistborn Trilogy
      Brandon Sanderson
    7. The Magicians
      Lev Grossman
    8. Harry Potter series
      J.K. Rowling
    9. Black Company novels
      Glen Cook
    10. The Magic of Recluce/The Death of Chaos
      L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

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