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How to read The Lord of the Rings canon

J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth books reading order

J.R.R. Tolkien not only perfected the contemporary high fantasy genre, but he also wrote tens of thousands of pages of lore set in his world of Middle-Earth. Tolkien's canon has inspired the Academy Award winning The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the Academy Award winning The Hobbit film trilogy, and The Rings of Power streaming show currently airing on Amazon Prime! Hollywood stars from Sir Ian McKellen to MagicCon staple Elijah Wood have graced the on-screen versions which have sprouted from the complex book canon.

The world of Middle-Earth is a rich and complicated as the original mythological source material. To get the full and complete Lord of the Rings Tolkien reading experience you are going to have to read more than simply The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Luckily for us, Popverse’s Ashley V. Robinson's favourite thing in the world is The Lord of the Rings, so she shares her recommended reading order for The Lord of the Rings canon for 1) New Readers and 2) Mythologists. Oh, yeah, it's about to get DEEP DIVE!

Join her from the white halls of Minas Tirith, the capitol of Gondor, for a breakdown of every volume from The Silmarillion to The Fall of Gonodlin - and learn why Gondolin is so awesome! Why are they called "The Unfinished Tales"? If you read it, you will learn! In this video explainer, Ashley shares some of the stories she loves most, touches on the history of when Tolkien wrote each volume, and highlights which stories inspired The Hobbit film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and Amazon Prime's The Rings of Power.

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The current on-screen Lord of the Rings adaptation The Rings of Power stars: Morfydd Clark (Galadriel), Lenny Henry (Saddoc Burrows), Robert Aramayo (Elrond), Ismael Cruz Cordova (Arondir), Benjamin Walker (High King Gil-galad), and more. The first season is available to stream now.


Whether you're Shirefolk, Elven, Dwarven, or something else, there's a good reason to love Lord of the Rings. We do! With that in mind, we have a dragon's horde of goodies for you from a Lord of the Rings reading guide, a Lord of the Rings watch guide, details on the upcoming animated film Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim, a full the Lord of the Rings reunion panel you can watch, how the OG Hobbit actors stay in touch every day on a groupchat, and the true message of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, according to Gimli himself - John Rhys-Davies.

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