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    How Many Books Did JRR Tolkien Write???

    HELP!!! I have the world's crumiest library in my town. I've managed to get ahold of the Silmarilion, all of the LotR and Hobbit, and the Unfinished Tales, but I've heard a few other books mentioned on this forum that I had never heard of before. Please tell me how many Middle Earth Related Books there are.

    If this would go better on another forum, I'm sorry.
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    Everyone knows...

    Everyone knows that JRR Tolkein wrote 12 books.

    The Lord of the Rings: (1)
    ~The Fellowship of the Ring (2)`
    ~The Two Towers (3)
    ~The Return of the King (4)

    The Sillymarillion(5)

    The Unfinished Tales(6,7,8,9,10)

    The Hobbit (11)

    The Palthrintir (12)

    That last one is little known and out of print.

    I have the only surviving copy.

    You can't borrow it.
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    I've got a problem getting all the books too. I live in a city with 300.000 inhabitants and a very big library, but I wsa looking foor the History of Middle-Earth and they had only some of the books in the library, not all of them. And the bookstore had only very expensive editions, so that it would cost me $ 500 to get all of them. Really, how am I supposed to read them now??
    'But this I will say to you, Celegorn the fell, by the sight that is given me in this hour, that neither thou nor any son of FŽanor shall regain the Silmarils ever unto world's end. And this that we now seek shall come indeed, but never to your hands. Nay, your oath shall devour you, and deliver into other keeping the bride-price of Lķthien.'

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    Niniel: Amazon has the complete HoME-series in paperback (~$7each + P&P) and ships worldwide. Maybe You would like to check that out: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...310098-2032724
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    The Hobbit (1)
    The Lord of the Rings (2, 3, 4)
    The Silmarillion (5)
    Roverandom (6)
    Leaf by Niggle (7)
    The Monsters and the Critics and other essays (8)
    The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (9)

    That's all I could think of off the top of my head. NOTE that Tolkien did not write UT in its current form; his son Christopher collected a bunch of odd pieces of paper and put them together. Same with the Histroies of Middle-Earth.
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    There's also Mr. Bliss and the Father Christmas Letters, and Farmer Giles of Ham, and Bilbo's Last Song, which is published as it's own book, despite the fact that it's only a single poem, and I'm not sure if "The Road Goes Ever On" counts.
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    When I search EBay for the HOME series of books, I sometimes see it listed as containing a 13th volume; an index. Are there any opinions of the index? Is it worth it? Or, is it an after-thought?
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    It's just an index to all the volumes of HOME. I suppose it's useful if you need to check a specific reference and you have no idea where to find it.
    'But this I will say to you, Celegorn the fell, by the sight that is given me in this hour, that neither thou nor any son of FŽanor shall regain the Silmarils ever unto world's end. And this that we now seek shall come indeed, but never to your hands. Nay, your oath shall devour you, and deliver into other keeping the bride-price of Lķthien.'

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    Originally posted by GuardianRanger
    When I search EBay for the HOME series of books, I sometimes see it listed as containing a 13th volume; an index. Are there any opinions of the index? Is it worth it? Or, is it an after-thought?
    It is a combined index of all 12 Volumes. Since the indices of the HoMe series are very good - IMO - this "all-in-one-index" comes in very handy when one wants to check cross-references or does some comparative research.

    Here is an example-page.

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    and the smith of wooden major and sir osard and the pearl... or something like that ....i think there was something about a green knight to...
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    and the smith of wooden major and sir osard and the pearl... or something like that ....i think there was something about a green knight to...
    Smith Of Wotton Major and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo.
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    Walter,
    That was a cool scan. I'll have to make sure when I finally get HOME, it comes with the index. Invaluable.

    I'm forever using my Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales indexes.
    There is always hope.

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    Yes, I like and use that index a lot, GuardianRanger, but I did not order it, until I had realized how tedious it can be, having to flip through the indices of all 12 volumes to gather some information on a certain subject...

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    Tolkien's Works

    Here's a nice list.

    A Middle English Vocabulary (1922)
    Songs for the Philologist (1936)
    The Hobbit (1937)
    On Fairy Stories (1947)
    Farmer Giles of Ham (1949)
    The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
    The Two Towers (1954)
    The Return of the King (1955)
    The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1961)
    The Tolkien Reader (1966)
    Smith of Wootton Major (1967)
    The Road Goes Ever On (1967)
    Leaf By Niggle (1969)
    Bilbo's Last Song (1974)
    Sir Gawain, Pearl and Sir Orfeo (1975)
    The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth (1975)
    The Father Christmas Letters (1976)
    The Silmarillion (1977)
    Pictures by JRR Tolkien (1979)
    Poems and Stories (1980)
    Unfinished Tales (1980)
    The Letters of JRR Tolkien (1981)
    The Old English Exodus (1981)
    Mr Bliss (1982)
    Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays (1983)
    Finn and Hengest (1983)
    The Book of Lost Tales 1 (1983)
    The Book of Lost Tales 2 (1984)
    The Lays of Beleriand (1985)
    The Shaping of Middle Earth (1986)
    The Lost Road and Other Writings (1987)
    The Return of the Shadow (1988)
    The Treason of Isengard (1989)
    The War of the Ring (1990)
    Sauron Deafeated (1992)
    Morgoth's Ring (1993)
    The War of the Jewels (1994)
    The Peoples of Middle Earth (1996)
    Roverandom (1998)
    ”sanwe-kenta (1998)
    Beowulf and the Critics (2002)
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