J. R. R. Tolkien

1 The Hobbit

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Young Adult  Fiction 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1938-01-01
Description :  Now a major motion picture<br /><br />A great modern classic and the prelude to <i>THE LORD OF THE RINGS</i> &#xa0; Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. <br /><br />“A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take <i>The Hobbit</i> to their hearts.” – <i>New York Times Book Review</i>

2 The Lord of the Rings

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2005-10-12
Description :  One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them<br /><br />In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.<br /><br />From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.<br /><br />When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.<br /><br />The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.<br /><br />This new edition includes the fiftieth-anniversary fully corrected text setting and, for the first time, an extensive new index.<br /><br />J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but while he studied classic works of the past, he was creating a set of his own.

3 The Hobbit (Enhanced Edition)

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2007-09-21
Description :  This deluxe edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and full-color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece.<br /><br /> J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition: "If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) -- if you do not already know all about these things -- much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period. For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise."

4 The Fellowship of the Ring

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-09-18
Description :  The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien's three-volume epic, is set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth - home to many strange beings, and most notably hobbits, a peace-loving "little people," cheerful and shy. Since its original British publication in 1954-55, the saga has entranced readers of all ages. It is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale. Critic Michael Straight has hailed it as one of the "very few works of genius in recent literature." Middle-earth is a world receptive to poets, scholars, children, and all other people of good will. Donald Barr has described it as "a scrubbed morning world, and a ringing nightmare world...especially sunlit, and shadowed by perils very fundamental, of a peculiarly uncompounded darkness." The story of ths world is one of high and heroic adventure. Barr compared it to Beowulf, C.S. Lewis to Orlando Furioso, W.H. Auden to The Thirty-nine Steps. In fact the saga is sui generis - a triumph of imagination which springs to life within its own framework and on its own terms.

5 The Silmarillion

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Young Adult  Fiction  Fantasy  Fiction & Literature  Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables  Classics 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-10-07
Description :  A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, THE SILMARILLION is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT.<br /> Tolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other writing. The story of the creation of the world and of the the First Age, this is the ancient drama to which the characters in THE LORD OF THE RINGS look back and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part. The three Silmarils were jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the Trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord. Thereafter, the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in the Silmarils, but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown, which was guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth.<br /> THE SILMARILLION is the history of the rebellion of Feanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy. This second edition features a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien describing his intentions for the book, which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages of Middle-earth.

6 The Two Towers

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-09-18
Description :  The second volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure, THE LORD OF THE RINGS. <br /><br />Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin—alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

7 The Return of the King

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-09-18
Description :  The third volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure <i>THE LORD OF THE RINGS </i><br /><br /><i>One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them</i><br /><br />As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive—now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom. <br /><br />“A triumphant close . . . a grand piece of work, grand in both conception and execution. An astonishing imaginative tour de force.” – <i>Daily Telegraph</i><br /><br />Includes the complete appendices and index for <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> trilogy.

8 The Children of Húrin

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2008-10-14
Description :  The Children of Húrin is the first complete book by J.R.R.Tolkien since the 1977 publication of The Silmarillion. Six thousand years before the One Ring is destroyed, Middle-earth lies under the shadow of the Dark Lord Morgoth. The greatest warriors among elves and men have perished, and all is in darkness and despair. But a deadly new leader rises, Túrin, son of Húrin, and with his grim band of outlaws begins to turn the tide in the war for Middle-earth -- awaiting the day he confronts his destiny and the deadly curse laid upon him.<br /><br /> This edition of The Children of Húrin includes eight color paintings by Alan Lee and a black-and-white map.

9 Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-10-07
Description :  A New York Times bestseller for twenty-one weeks upon publication, UNFINISHED TALES is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring, and further relates events as told in THE SILMARILLION and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.<br /> The book concentrates on the lands of Middle-earth and comprises Gandalf's lively account of how he came to send the Dwarves to the celebrated party at Bag-End, the story of the emergence of the sea-god Ulmo before the eyes of Tuor on the coast of Beleriand, and an exact description of the military organization of the Riders of Rohan and the journey of the Black Riders during the hunt for the Ring.<br /> UNFINISHED TALES also contains the only surviving story about the long ages of Númenor before its downfall, and all that is known about the Five Wizards sent to Middle-earth as emissaries of the Valar, about the Seeing Stones known as the Palantiri, and about the legend of Amroth.

10 Beren and Lúthien

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2018-03-06
Description :  <b><i>New York Times </i>Bestseller</b><br /><br /> “A&#xa0;good&#xa0;introduction&#xa0;to&#xa0;LOTR&#xa0;fans&#xa0;nervous&#xa0;about&#xa0;taking&#xa0;on&#xa0;<i>The&#xa0;Silmarillion</i>,&#xa0;and&#xa0;also&#xa0;gives&#xa0;longtime&#xa0;fans&#xa0;a&#xa0;fascinating&#xa0;look&#xa0;at&#xa0;the Tolkiens’&#xa0;myth-making&#xa0;process.”—<i>EntertainmentWeekly.com</i>&#xa0;<br /><br /> “A&#xa0;beautiful&#xa0;book.”<i>—San&#xa0;Antonio&#xa0;Express-News</i><br /><br /> “With eloquence and diligence and care, the son reconstructs and retraces the father’s journey, pursuing the tale through draft after draft as Tolkien pursued his vision of Middle-earth.”—NPR.org<br /> &#xa0;<br /> The epic tale of Beren and Lúthien became an essential element in the evolution of <i>The Silmarillion</i>, the myths and legends of J.R.R. Tolkien’s First Age of the World. Always key to the story is the fate that shadowed their love: Beren was a mortal man, Lúthien an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, imposed on Beren an impossible task before he might wed Lúthien: to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, of a Silmaril.<br /> &#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, <i>Beren and Lúthien</i> reunites fans of <i>The Hobbit</i> and <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> with Elves and Men, along with the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth.&#xa0;Christopher Tolkien tells the story in his father’s own words by giving its original form as well as prose and verse passages from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed.

11 The Hobbit

Author : Alan Lee & J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Young Adult  Fiction 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  1997-09-19
Description :  This lavish gift edition&#xa0;of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic features cover art, illustrations, and watercolor paintings by the artist Alan Lee.&#xa0;Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. &#xa0;Written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies worldwide and established itself as a modern classic.

12 The Book of Lost Tales, Part One

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1984-02-22
Description :  The Book of Lost Tales was the first major work of imagination by J.R.R. Tolkien, begun in 1916-17 when he was twenty-five years old and left incomplete several years later. It stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor, for these tales were the first form of the myths and legends that came to be called The Silmarillion. Embedded in English legend, they are set in the narrative frame of a great westward voyage over the Ocean by a mariner named Eriol (or AElfwine) to Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle, where elves dwelt; from him they learned their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. In these Tales are found the earliest accounts and original ideas of Gods and Elves, Dwarves, Balrogs, and Orcs; of the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor; of Nargothrond and Gondolin; of the geography and cosmology of Middle-earth. Volume One contains the tales of The Music of the Ainur, The Building of valinor, The Chaining of Melko, The coming of the Elves and The Flight of the Noldoli, among others. Each tale is followed by a short essay by Christopher Tolkien, the author's son and literary executor.

13 El Hobbit

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2010-07-14
Description :  Cuando alrededor de 1930, J.R.R. Tolkien comenzó a escribir <i>El Hobbit</i>, hacía ya diez años que trabajaba en el vasto panorama mitológico de <i>El Libro de los Relatos</i>, que más tarde se llamaría <i>El Silmarillion</i>. Así como esas crónicas tempranas narraban los mitos inmemoriales de la Primera y Segunda Edad, Tolkien pronto advirtió que <i>El Hobbit</i> iba ordenándose de algún modo como un relato de la Tercera Edad (Gandalf habla del Nigromante en las primeras páginas), aunque las inesperadas aventuras de un pacífico hombre del campo no parecieran tener mucha relación con las vastas y oscuras mitologías de la Tierra Media. El estilo directo y lineal, con alusiones (que el autor deploró más tarde) a un público infantil, no impide la poderosa irrupción --unas pocas veces en términos de comedia-- de los grandes temas tolkienianos (el poder, la codicia, la guerra, la muerte) que reaparecerían en una dimensión a menudo obviamente épica en <i>El Señor de los Anillos</i>.

14 Tales From the Perilous Realm

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2008-11-17
Description :  Never before published in a single volume, Tolkien’s four novellas (<i>Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf by Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major,</i> and <i>Roverandom</i>) and one book of poems (<i>The Adventures of Tom Bombadil</i>) are gathered together for the first time. This new, definitive collection of works — which had appeared separately, in various formats, between 1949 and 1998 — comes with an illuminating introduction from esteemed author and Tolkien expert Tom Shippey as well as Tolkein’s most celebrated essay, “On Fairy-stories,” which astutely addresses the relationship between fairy tales and fantasy. <br />The book is the perfect opportunity for fans of Middle-earth to enjoy some of Tolkien’s often overlooked yet most creative storytelling. With dragons and sand sorcerers, sea monsters and hobbits, knights and dwarves, this collection contains all the classic elements for Tolkien buffs of all ages.

15 The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1984-11-26
Description :  The Book of Lost Tales was the first major work of imagination by J.R.R. Tolkien, begun in 1916, when he was twenty-five years old, and left incomplete several years later. It stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor, for the Lost Tales were the first form of the myths and legends that came to be called The Silmarillion. Embedded in English legend and association, they are set in the narrative frame of the great westward voyage of a mariner named Eriel (or AElfwine). His destination is Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle where Elves dwell; from them he learns their true history, the Lost Tales of Elfinesse. The Tales include the earliest accounts of Gods and Elves, Dwarves, Balrogs, and Orcs; of the Silmarils and the Two Trees of Valinor; of Nargothrond and Gondolin; of the geography and cosmography of their invented world.<br /> The Book of Lost Tales is published in two volumes. The first contains the Tales of Valinor; and this second past includes Beren and Luthien, Turin and the Dragon, and the only full narratives of the Necklace of the Dwarves and the Fall of Gondolin. Each tale is followed by a commentary, together with associated poems, and each volume contains extensive information on names and vocabulary of the earliest Elvish languages. Additional books in this series will extend the history of Middle-earth as it was refined and enlarged in later years and will include the long Lays of Beleriand, the Ambarkanta or Shape of the World, the Lhammas or Account of Tongues, annals, maps, and many other previously unpublished writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.

16 Beowulf

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Fiction & Literature  Poetry 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-08-04
Description :  <b><i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;bestseller</b><br /><b>“A thrill . . .&#xa0;<i>Beowulf</i>&#xa0;was Tolkien’s lodestar. Everything he did led up to or away from it.” —<i>New Yorker</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> J.R.R. Tolkien completed his translation of&#xa0;<i>Beowulf&#xa0;</i>in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication. This edition includes an illuminating written commentary on the poem by the translator himself, drawn from a series of lectures he gave at Oxford in the 1930s.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> His creative attention to detail in these lectures gives rise to a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if Tolkien entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beach their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to Beowulf’s rising anger at Unferth’s taunting, or looking up in amazement at Grendel’s terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Essential for students of the Old English poem—and the ideal gift for devotees of the One Ring.” —<i>Kirkus</i>

17 The Fall of Arthur

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Fiction & Literature  Poetry 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-05-27
Description :  <i>New York Times</i> bestseller&#xa0;“An incomplete but highly compelling retelling . . . An action-packed, doom-haunted saga, full of vivid natural description.”—<i>New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br /><i>The Fall of Arthur</i> recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur, who, even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood, is summoned back to Britain by news of the treachery of Mordred. Already weakened in spirit by Guinevere’s infidelity with the now-exiled Lancelot, Arthur must rouse his knights to battle one last time against Mordred’s rebels and foreign mercenaries. Powerful, passionate, and filled with vivid imagery, this unfinished poem reveals Tolkien’s gift for storytelling at its brilliant best. Christopher Tolkien, editor, contributes three illuminating essays that explore the literary world of King Arthur, reveal the deeper meaning of the verses and the painstaking work his father applied to bring the poem to a finished form, and investigate the intriguing links between <i>The Fall of Arthur</i> and Tolkien’s Middle-earth.<br /><br />“Compelling in pace, haunted by loss, it lives up to expectations.”—<i>Daily Beast</i><br /><br />“Erudite and beautiful.” – NPR.org

18 The Fall of Gondolin

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Fiction & Literature  Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables 
Release Date :  2018-08-30
Description :  In the Tale of <i>The Fall of Gondolin</i> are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar: he is called the Lord of Waters, of all seas, lakes, and rivers under the sky. But he works in secret in Middle-earth to support the Noldor, the kindred of the Elves among whom were numbered Húrin and Túrin Turambar.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo’s desires and designs.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo’s designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth the sea-god himself appears to him, rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> At last comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Túrin and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Following his presentation of <i>Beren and Lúthien </i>Christopher Tolkien has used the same ‘history in sequence’ mode in the writing of this edition of <i>The Fall of Gondolin. </i>In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, it was ‘the first real story of this imaginary world’ and, together with <i>Beren and Lúthien </i>and<i> The Children of Húrin</i>, he regarded it as one of the three ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days.

19 The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2010-09-10
Description :  Many years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien composed his own version of the great legend of Northern antiquity, recounted here in The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún.<br /><br /> In the Lay of the Völsungs is told the ancestry of the great hero Sigurd, the slayer of Fáfnir, most celebrated of dragons; of his awakening of the Valkyrie Brynhild, who slept surrounded by a wall of fire, and of their betrothal; and of his coming to the court of the great princes who were named the Niflungs (or Nibelungs), with whom he entered into blood-brotherhood.&#xa0;<br /><br /> In scenes of dramatic intensity, of confusion of identity, thwarted passion, jealousy, and bitter strife, the tragedy of Sigurd and Brynhild, of Gunnar the Niflung and Gudrún his sister, mounts to its end in the murder of Sigurd, the suicide of Brynhild, and the despair of Gudrún.&#xa0;<br /><br /> The Lay of Gudrún recounts her fate after the death of Sigurd, her marriage against her will to the mighty Atli, ruler of the Huns (the Attila of history), his murder of her brothers, and her hideous revenge.

20 The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

Author : Humphrey Carpenter & J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2000-06-06
Description :  This collection will entertain all who appreciate the art of masterful letter writing. The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien sheds much light on Tolkien's creative genius and grand design for the creation of a whole new world: Middle-earth. Featuring a radically expanded index, this volume provides a valuable research tool for all fans wishing to trace the evolution of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

21 Trilogía El Señor de los Anillos

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2012-12-14
Description :  Concebida en un primer momento como una continuación de El Hobbit, acabó por convertirse en una historia independiente por derecho propio de mucho más alcance y extensión. <br />En 1999 la trilogía de El Señor de los Anillos fue elegida como «Libro del Milenio» por los participantes de una encuesta de Amazon.com.<br /><br />En la adormecida e idílica Comarca, un joven hobbit recibe un encargo: custodiar el Anillo Único y emprender el viaje para su destrucción en las Grietas del Destino. Consciente de la importancia de su misión, Frodo abandona la Comarca e inicia el camino hacia Mordor con la compañía inesperada de Sam, Pippin y Merry. Pero sólo con la ayuda de Aragorn conseguirán vencer a los Jinetes Negros y alcanzar el refugio de la Casa de Elrond en Rivendel.

22 El Silmarillion

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2010-07-15
Description :  Tolkien comenzó a escribir <i>El Silmarillion</i> mucho antes que <i>El Hobbit</i>, obra concebida como historia independiente, pero que fue parte de lo que él llamaba un «tema que copia y se ramifica», y del que emergió <i>El Señor de los Anillos</i>.<br /><br /><i>El Silmarillion</i> cuenta la historia de la Primera Edad, el antiguo drama del que hablan los personajes de <i>El Señor de los Anillos</i>, y en cuyos acontecimientos algunos de ellos tomaron parte, como Elrond y Galadriel.<br /><br />Los tres Silmarils eran gemas creadas por Fëanor, el más dotado de los Elfos, y contenían la Luz de los Dos Árboles de Valinor antes de que los Árboles mismos fueran destruidos por Morgoth, el primer Señor Oscuro. Desde entonces la inmaculada Luz de Valinor vivió sólo en los Silmarils, pero Morgoth se apoderó de ellos, y los engarzó en su corona, guardada en la fortaleza impenetrable de Angband en el norte de la Tierra Media.<br /><br />En este volumen se incluyen otras obras cortas, como el <i>Ainulindalë</i> o la <i>Música de los Ainur</i>, la creación mítica del mundo, y el <i>Valaquenta</i>, sobre la naturaleza y poderes de los dioses. A <i>El Silmarillion</i> sigue el <i>Akallabeth</i>, que vuelve a narrar la caída del reino de Númenor al fin de la Segunda Edad, y por último la historia <i>De los Anillos de Poder</i>, en la que el tema de <i>El Señor de los Anillos</i> reaparece en la perspectiva más amplia de <i>El Silmarillion</i>.<br /><br /><i>El Silmarillion</i> no es una novela, ni un cuento de hadas, ni una historia ficticia. Podría definirse como una obra de imaginación inspirada, una visión sombría, legendaria o mítica, del interminable conflicto entre el deseo de poder y la capacidad de crear.

23 The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Epic 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2014-10-09
Description :  This revised and expanded edition of Tolkien’s own Hobbit-inspired poetry includes previously unpublished poems and notes, and is beautifully illustrated by Narnia artist Pauline Baynes.<br /><br />‘Here is something that no devotee of the Hobbit epic can afford to miss, while awaiting a further instalment of the history of these fascinating people – a selection [of verses] offered as an ‘interim report’ to those interested in Hobbit-lore, and to any others who may find amusement in this mixed bag of old confections.’<br /><br />One of the most intriguing characters in The Lord of the Rings, the amusing and enigmatic Tom Bombadil, also appears in verses said to have been written by Hobbits and preserved in the ‘Red Book’ with stories of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and their friends. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil collects these and other poems, mainly concerned with legends and jests of the Shire at the end of the Third Age.<br /><br />This special edition has been expanded to include earlier versions of some of Tolkien’s poems, a fragment of a prose story with Tom Bombadil, and comprehensive notes by acclaimed Tolkien scholars Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond.<br /><br />Reviews<br /><br />‘Professor Tolkien revealed in the verses scattered through The Hobbit that he had a talent for songs, riddling rhymes, and a kind of balladry. In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil the talent can be seen to be close to genius.’<br />LISTENER<br /><br />About the author<br /><br />J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

24 El Señor de los Anillos, I. La Comunidad del Anillo

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2010-07-15
Description :  En la adormecida e idílica Comarca, un joven hobbit recibe un encargo: custodiar el Anillo Único y emprender el viaje para su destrucción en las Grietas del Destino. Consciente de la importancia de su misión, Frodo abandona la Comarca e inicia el camino hacia Mordor con la compañía de inesperada de Sam, Pippin y Merry.&#xa0;&#xa0;Pero sólo con la ayuda de Aragorn conseguirán vencer a los Jinetes Negros y alcanzar el refugio de la Casa de Elrond en Rivendel.<br />

25 The History of the Hobbit

Author : John D. Rateliff & J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Epic  Classics  Historical 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2008-03-03
Description :  A major new examination of how J.R.R.Tolkien came to write his original masterpiece ‘The Hobbit’, including his complete unpublished draft version of the story, and many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps by Tolkien himself.<br /><br />For the first time in one volume, The History of the Hobbit presents the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff's lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines – chapter-by-chapter – why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever-growing concept of Middle-earth.<br /><br />The Hobbit was first published on 21 September 1937. Like its successor, The Lord of the Rings, it is a story that "grew in the telling", and many characters and story threads in the published text are completely different from what Tolkien first wrote to read aloud to his young sons as part of their "fireside reads".<br /><br />As well as reproducing the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, both on its own merits and as the foundation for The Lord of the Rings, this new book includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit by Tolkien himself. Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition, how Tolkien's professional and early mythological writings influenced the story, the imaginary geography he created, and how Tolkien came to revise the book years after publication to accommodate events in The Lord of the Rings.<br /><br />Like Christopher Tolkien’s The History of The Lord of the Rings before it, this is a thoughtful yet exhaustive examination of one of the most treasured stories in English literature. Long overdue for a classic book now celebrating 75 years in print, this companion edition offers fascinating new insights for those who have grown up with this enchanting tale, and will delight those who are about to enter Bilbo's round door for the first time.<br /><br />About the author<br /><br />John D. Rateliff moved to Wisconsin in 1981 in order to work with the Tolkien manuscripts at Marquette University. He has been active in Tolkien scholarship for many years, delivering papers on Tolkien and the Inklings. While at Marquette, he assisted in the collation of their holdings with those Christopher Tolkien was editing for his History of Middle-earth series. A professional editor, he lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three cats, only one of whom is named after a Tolkien character.

26 Hobbit

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-07-04
Description :  Arcydzieło literatury fantasy, które zaprasza Czytelnika do wkroczenia w baśniowy, przemyślany w najdrobniejszych szczegółach świat. Śmiałkowie, którzy tak jak hobbit Bilbo Baggins – „istota większa od liliputa, mniejsza jednak od krasnala” – odnajdą w sobie odwagę, wybiorą się na niebezpieczną wędrówkę do strzeżonej przez smoka Smauga Samotnej Góry. A jak wiadomo, ta wyprawa w doborowej kompanii trzynastu krasnoludów i czarodzieja Gandalfa stała się początkiem przełomowych w dziejach Śródziemia wydarzeń, opisanych we „Władcy Pierścieni”. Kto więc wyruszy na spotkanie przygody z pierwszym hobbitem, który oprócz dobroci i miłości do fajkowego ziela, odkrył w sobie „ziarenko dziwactwa”, męstwo i spryt, a potem poczuł magiczną moc Jedynego Pierścienia?

27 The Story of Kullervo

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien & Verlyn Flieger
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Epic  Nonfiction  Social Science  Fiction & Literature  Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-08-08
Description :  <b>“Shows how Finnish mythology and folk tales were instrumental to how Tolkien created his own legendarium.”—</b><i><b>Boston Globe</b></i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. “Hapless Kullervo,” as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanōna, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruelest of fates.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Tolkien himself said that <i>The Story of Kullervo</i> was “the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own,” and was “a major matter in the legends of the First Age.” Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, the tragic incestuous hero of <i>The Silmarillion</i>. Published with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the <i>Kalevala</i>, <i>The Story of Kullervo </i>is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.<br /> &#xa0;<br /><b>“A fascinating read.”—NPR</b>

28 El Señor de los Anillos, II. Las Dos Torres

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2010-07-15
Description :  La Compañía se ha disuelto y sus integrantes emprenden caminos separados. Frodo y Sam continúan solos su viaje a lo largo del río Anduin, perseguidos por la sombra misteriosa de un ser extraño que también ambiciona la posesión del Anillo. Mientras, hombres, elfos y enanos se preparan para la batalla final contra las fuerzas del Señor del Mal.

29 El Señor de los Anillos, III. El Retorno del Rey

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2010-07-15
Description :  Los ejércitos del Señor Oscuro van extendiendo cada vez más su maléfica sombra por la Tierra Media. Hombres, elfos y enanos unen sus fuerzas para presentar batalla a Sauron y sus huestes. Ajenos a estos preparativos, Frodo y Sam siguen adentrándose en el país de Mordor en su heroico viaje para destruir el Anillo de Poder en las Grietas del Destino.

30 Smith of Wootton Major

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Epic  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2015-02-26
Description :  A charming new pocket edition of one of Tolkien’s major pieces of short fiction, and his only finished work dating from after publication of The Lord of the Rings.<br /><br />What began as a preface to The Golden Key by George MacDonald eventually grew into this charming short story, so named by Tolkien to suggest an early work by P.G. Wodehouse. Composed almost a decade after The Lord of the Rings, and when his lifelong occupation with the ‘Silmarillion’ was winding down, Smith of Wootton Major was the product of ripened experience and reflection. It was published in 1967 as a small hardback, complete with charming black and white illustrations by Pauline Baynes, and would be the last work of fiction to be published in Tolkien’s own lifetime.<br /><br />Now, almost 50 years on, this enchanting tale of a wanderer who finds his way into the perilous realm of Faery is being published once again as a pocket hardback. Contained here are many intriguing links to the world of Middle-earth, as well as to Tolkien’s other tales, and this new edition is enhanced with a facsimile of the illustrated first edition, a manuscript of Tolkien’s early draft of the story, notes and an alternate ending, and a lengthy essay on the nature of Faery.<br /><br />Reviews<br /><br />“The book has a haunting quality, characteristic of the best of the ‘deeper’ folktales. It is a beautiful, memorable story.” Times Educational Supplement<br /><br />“It may be compared to the most delicate miniature but it is one of a rare kind: the more closely it is examined the more it reveals the grandeur of its conception. Whoever reads it at eight will still be going back to it at eighty.” New Statesman<br /><br />“A tremendously valuable volume with important new insights into Tolkien’s way of working. It’s also a beautiful hardcover edition of the story.” Mythprint<br /><br />About the author<br /><br />J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

31 El Libro de los Cuentos Perdidos, 1. Historia de la Tierra Media, I

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2012-12-14
Description :  <i>El Libro de los Cuentos Perdidos</i> fue la primera gran obra de imaginación de J.R.R. Tolkien, comenzada en 1916-1917, cuando tenía veinticinco años, y abandonada varios años después. Es en realidad el principio de toda la concepción de la Tierra Media y Valinor, y el primer esbozo de los mitos y leyendas que constituirían <i>El Silmarillion</i>. El marco narrativo es el largo viaje hacia el Oeste que emprende un marinero llamado Eriol (Aelfwíne) a Tol Eressëa, la isla solitaria donde habitan los Elfos. Allí conoce los Cuentos Perdidos de Elfenesse, en los que aparecen las ideas y concepciones más tempranas sobre los Dioses y los Elfos, los Enanos, los Balrogs y los Orcos, los Silmarils, los dos árboles de Valinor, Nargothrond y Gondolin, y la geografía y la cosmología de la Tierra Media.<br /><br /><i>El libro de los Cuentos Perdidos</i> se publica en dos volúmenes. Este primer volumen contiene los cuentos de Valinor. Cada cuento es seguido de un comentario -un ensayo breve-, y de algún poema relacionado con el texto, y en cada uno de los volúmenes hay abundante información sobre el vocabulario y los nombres de las primeras lenguas élficas.

32 Silmarillion

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-02-20
Description :  J. R. R. Tolkien stvořil ve své Středozemi celý nový svět, který osídlil rozličnými plemeny rozumných i nerozumných bytostí, dal mu tvar, jejž zachytil v mapách, dal mu jazyky i písmo. V Silmarillionu jsou shromážděny dějiny Středozemě od jejího stvoření božským Ilúvatarem přes vyprávění o jejím utváření a osídlování až k hrdinům, kteří jí přinesli slávu. Součástí této historie je i povstání nepřítele, zosobnění temné moci, který se ve své pýše postaví moudrosti a dobru, je sice poražen, ale znovu se vzmůže a vrací.

33 The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien & Verlyn Flieger
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fiction & Literature  Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2017-11-07
Description :  <b>Unavailable for more than seventy years, this early but important work is published for the first time with Tolkien’s "Corrigan" poems and other supporting material, including a prefatory note by Christopher Tolkien.</b><br /><br /> Set ‘In Britain’s land beyond the seas’ during the Age of Chivalry, <i>The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun</i> tells of a childless Breton Lord and Lady (the ‘Aotrou’ and ‘Itroun’ of the title) and the tragedy that befalls them when Aotrou seeks to remedy their situation with the aid of a magic potion obtained from a corrigan, or malevolent fairy. When the potion succeeds and Itroun bears twins, the corrigan returns seeking her fee, and Aotrou is forced to choose between betraying his marriage and losing his life.<br /><br />Coming from the darker side of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination, <i>The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun</i>, together with the two shorter ‘Corrigan’ poems (which lead up to it and are also included in this volume), were the outcome of a comparatively short but intense period in Tolkien's life when he was deeply engaged with Celtic, and particularly Breton, myth and legend.<br /><br />Originally written in 1930 and long out of print, this early but seminal work is an important addition to the non-Middle-earth portion of his canon and should be set alongside <i>The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún</i>, <i>The Fall of Arthur</i> and <i>The Story of Kullervo</i>. Like these works, it belongs to a small but important corpus of his ventures into ‘real-world’ mythologies, each of which in its own way would be a formative influence on his own legendarium.<br /><br /> Edited with notes and commentary by Verlyn Flieger and a prefatory note on the text by Christopher Tolkien.

34 El Libro de los Cuentos Perdidos, 2. Historia de la Tierra Media, II

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2012-12-14
Description :  <i>El Libro de los Cuentos Perdidos</i> fue la primera gran obra de imaginación de J.R.R. Tolkien, comenzada en 1916-1917, cuando tenía veinticinco años, y abandonada varios años después. Es en realidad el principio de toda la concepción de la Tierra Media y Valinor, y el primer esbozo de los mitos y leyendas que constituirían El Silmarillion. El marco narrativo es el largo viaje hacia el Oeste que emprende un marinero llamado Eriol (Aelfwíne) a Tol Eressëa, la isla solitaria donde habitan los Elfos. Allí conoce los Cuentos Perdidos de Elfenesse, en los que aparecen las ideas y concepciones más tempranas sobre los Dioses y los Elfos, los Enanos, los Balrogs y los Orcos, los Silmarils, los dos árboles de Valinor, Nargothrond y Gondolin, y la geografía y la cosmología de la Tierra Media.<br /><br /><i>El libro de los Cuentos Perdidos</i> se publica en dos volúmenes. Este segundo volumen incluye Beren y Lúthíen, Túrin y el Dragón, y las historias del Collar de los Enanos y la Caída de Gondoíin. Cada cuento es seguido de un comentario -un ensayo breve-, y de algún poema relacionado con el texto, y en cada uno de los volúmenes hay abundante información sobre el vocabulario y los nombres de las primeras lenguas élficas.

35 Tales Before Narnia

Author : Douglas A. Anderson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott & Rudyard Kipling
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2008-03-25
Description :  <b>In his acclaimed collection <i>Tales Before Tolkien</i>, Douglas A. Anderson illuminated the sources, inspirations, and influences that fired J.R.R. Tolkien’s genius. Now Anderson turns his attention to Tolkien’s colleague and friend C. S. Lewis, whose influence on modern fantasy, through his beloved Narnia books, is second only to Tolkien’s own.</b><br /><br /> In many ways, Lewis’s influence has been even wider than Tolkien’s. For in addition to the Narnia series, Lewis wrote groundbreaking works of science fiction, urban fantasy, and religious allegory, and he came to be regarded as among the most important Christian writers of the twentieth century. It will come as no surprise, then, that such a wide-ranging talent drew inspiration from a variety of sources. Here are twenty of the tributaries that fed Lewis’s unique talent, among them:<br /><br /> “The Wood That Time Forgot: The Enchanted Wood,” taken from a never-before-published fantasy by Lewis’s biographer and friend, Roger Lancelyn Green, that directly inspired <i>The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe;</i> E. Nesbit’s charming “The Aunt and Amabel,” in which a young girl enters another world by means of a wardrobe; “The Snow Queen,” by Hans Christian Andersen, featuring the abduction of a young boy by a woman as cruel as she is beautiful; and many more, including works by Charles Dickens, Kenneth Grahame, G. K. Chesterton, and George MacDonald, of whom Lewis would write, “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master.”<br /><br /> Full of fascinating insights into Lewis’s life and fiction, <i>Tales Before Narnia</i> is the kind of book that will be treasured by children and adults alike and passed down lovingly from generation to generation. <br /><br /><b>INCLUDING SEVENTEEN MORE WORKS BY THE PROGENITORS OF MODERN FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION:</b><br />“Tegnér’s Drapa” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow<br /> “The Magic Mirror” by George MacDonald<br /> “Undine” by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué<br /> “Letters from Hell: Letter III” by Valdemar Thisted<br /> “Fastosus and Avaro” by John Macgowan<br /> “The Tapestried Chamber; or, The Lady in the Sacque” by Sir Walter Scott<br /> “The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton” by Charles Dickens<br /> “The Child and the Giant” by Owen Barfield<br /> “A King’s Lesson” by William Morris<br /> “The Waif Woman: A Cue—From a Saga” by Robert Louis Stevenson<br /> “First Whisper of <i>The Wind in the Willows</i>” by Kenneth Grahame<br /> “The Wish House” by Rudyard Kipling<br /> “Et in Sempiternum Pereant” by Charles Williams<br /> “The Dragon’s Visit” by J.R.R. Tolkien<br /> “The Coloured Lands” by G. K. Chesterton<br /> “The Man Who Lived Backwards” by Charles F. Hall<br /> “The Dream Dust Factory” by William Lindsay Gresham

36 A Secret Vice

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Professional & Technical  Education  Language Arts & Disciplines  Reference  Words & Language 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2016-04-01
Description :  First ever critical study of Tolkien’s little-known essay, which reveals how language invention shaped the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, to George R R Martin’s Game of Thrones.<br /><br />J.R.R. Tolkien’s linguistic invention was a fundamental part of his artistic output, to the extent that later on in life he attributed the existence of his mythology to the desire to give his languages a home and peoples to speak them. As Tolkien puts it in ‘A Secret Vice’, ‘the making of language and mythology are related functions’’.<br /><br />In the 1930s, Tolkien composed and delivered two lectures, in which he explored these two key elements of his sub-creative methodology. The second of these, the seminal Andrew Lang Lecture for 1938–9, ‘On Fairy-Stories’, which he delivered at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, is well known. But many years before, in 1931, Tolkien gave a talk to a literary society entitled ‘A Hobby for the Home’, where he unveiled for the first time to a listening public the art that he had both himself encountered and been involved with since his earliest childhood: ‘the construction of imaginary languages in full or outline for amusement’.<br /><br />This talk would be edited by Christopher Tolkien for inclusion as ‘A Secret Vice’ in The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays and serves as the principal exposition of Tolkien’s art of inventing languages. This new critical edition, which includes previously unpublished notes and drafts by Tolkien connected with the essay, including his ‘Essay on Phonetic Symbolism’, goes some way towards re-opening the debate on the importance of linguistic invention in Tolkien’s mythology and the role of imaginary languages in fantasy literature.<br /><br />Reviews<br /><br />.<br /><br />About the author<br /><br />Dimitra Fimi, PhD is one of the foremost experts on Tolkien and Fantasy Literature. Her published work includes Tolkien, Race and Cultural History, which won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inkling Studies for 2010. She is currently Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University.<br /><br />Andrew Higgins, PhD is a Tolkien scholar who specialises in exploring the role of language invention in fiction. His thesis 'The Genesis of Tolkien's Mythology' explored the interrelated nature of myth and language in Tolkien's earliest work on his Legendarium. He is also Director of Development at Glyndebourne Opera.<br /><br />J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

37 Roverandom

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Historical  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Classics 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2013-09-26
Description :  J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy story about the adventures of a bewitched toy dog, written before The Hobbit.<br /><br />While on holiday in 1925, four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his beloved toy dog on the beach at Filey in Yorkshire. To console him, his father, J.R.R.Tolkien, improvised a story about Rover, a real dog who is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal.<br /><br />This charming tale, peopled by a sand-sorcerer and a terrible dragon, by the king of the sea and the Man-in-the-Moon, was Tolkien’s first full-length children’s book, written before The Hobbit. Now, nearly 90 years later, the adventures of Rover – or, for reasons that become clear in the story, ‘Roverandom’ – are published in this delightful pocket hardback edition. Rich in wit and wordplay, Roverandom is edited and introduced by Tolkien experts Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, and includes Tolkien’s own delightful illustrations.<br /><br />Reviews <br /><br />‘This is an old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks freshly today… would leap to life when read aloud to a child’<br />Independent<br /><br />‘Lord of the Rings buffs will enjoy picking out bits of Nordic mythology and will relish Tolkien’s fabulous sense of landscape’<br />The Times<br /><br />About the author <br /><br />J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

38 Il Signore degli Anelli (Vintage)

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2012-11-28
Description :  Quest'edizione include tutti e tre i libri della saga: <i>La Compagnia dell'Anello</i>, <i>Le due Torri</i> e <i>Il ritorno del Re</i>. <br />Versione eBook: 30/01/2017. <br />- ripristinati i paragrafi alla fine di "Molti incontri" (Libro secondo, Capitolo I); <br />- ripristinato nel frontespizio il testo in lettere Feanoriane e Cirth; <br />- ripristinata e migliorata la formattazione del testo; <br />- resi interattivi i rimandi interni; <br />- aumentata la risoluzione di alcune immagini e corretto l'orientamento; <br />- modificata la struttura dell'indice interattivo; <br />- rimossi diversi refusi.<br /><br />Un mondo sul ciglio dell'abisso, un pugno di eroi capaci di opporsi al male. Una pietra miliare della letteratura di tutti i tempi. <br />Avventure in luoghi remoti e terribili, episodi di inesauribile allegria, segreti paurosi che si svelano a poco a poco, draghi crudeli e alberi che camminano, città d'argento e di diamante poco lontane da necropoli tenebrose in cui dimorano esseri che spaventano al solo nominarli, urti giganteschi di eserciti luminosi e oscuri. Tutto questo è <i>Il Signore degli Anelli</i>, leggenda e fiaba, tragedia e poema cavalleresco, romanzo d’eccezione al di fuori del tempo, semplice e sublime.

39 Hobit

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2011-12-01
Description :  Elektronické vydání kultovní knihy s revidovaným překladem, která přináší pohádkový příběh o velké cestě družiny trpaslíků a hobita Bilba Pytlíka za uloupeným pokladem.

40 Húrinovy děti

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-02-20
Description :  Poprvé vychází další z Tolkienových příběhů. Húrinovy děti jsou tragickou pověstí o prokletí a zkáze rodu velkého lidského bojovníka z konce prvního věku Středozemě.<br /> Po Hobitovi a Pánu prstenů jsou třetím Tolkienovým příběhem z fantastické Středozemě. Autor knihu za svého života pouze rozepsal, pracovat na ní začal dokonce už v pětadvaceti letech. Z Tolkienových poznámek sestavil Húrinovy děti do finální podoby jeho syn Christopher, který je držitelem autorských práv na odkaz slavného spisovatele.<br /> Christopher Tolkien je na otcovu tvorbu známý odborník. Už v roce 1977 sestavil z fragmentů knihu Silmarillion, sám publikoval množství tolkienovské sekundární literatury a zejména map souvisejících s jeho ságami. Práce na Húrinových dětech mu ovšem trvala celých třicet let.<br /> Příběh, považovaný za nejtragičtější z celé Tolkienovy mytologie, byl inspirován severskou ságou o Sigurdovi drakobijci a pověstí O Kullervovi z finské Kalevaly. Odehrává se ke konci bájného prvního věku historie světa, kdy elfové podporovaní částí lidí již prohrávají svou dlouhou válku se zlomocným pánem Středozemě Morgothem, kdysi jedním z mocných duchů, kteří se podíleli na utváření světa, který však z pýchy a touhy po moci propadl zlu.<br /> V poslední velké bitvě, v níž padlo několik elfských a lidských království, byl statečný lidský náčelník Húrin zajat Morgothem. Protože se před ním odmítl pokořit, Morgoth vynesl nad jeho rodinou kletbu: „Na všechny, které miluješ, má myšlenka dolehne jako mrak Sudby a přivede je do tmy a zoufalství. Kamkoli půjdou, vyvstane zlo. Kdykoli promluví, jejich slova poskytnou špatnou radu. Cokoli učiní, obrátí se proti nim. Zemřou bez naděje, proklínajíce život i smrt.“<br /> Děj knihy líčí dlouhý zápas Húrinova syna Túrina s prokletím. Túrin se stane velkým bojovníkem proti Morgothovým přisluhovačům, omylem však zabije nejlepšího přítele a pak svou radou způsobí zkázu jedné elfské říše. Zdrcen se pokusí začít znovu jinde a pod jiným jménem.<br /> Zdá se, že konečně unikl, a dokonce se šťastně ožení. Potom však do země vstoupí Morgothův nejnebezpečnější sluha, drak Glaurung. Túrin se s ním utká a zabije ho. V okamžiku triumfu se však dozvídá, že nejtěžšího zločinu se dopustil proti své sestře, kterou neznal. Morgothova kletba se naplní a příběh Húrinových dětí končí.<br /> Originální anglické i toto české vydání knihy ilustroval Alan Lee, jeden z nejoblíbenějších malířů tolkienovské literatury, jenž za uměleckou práci na části filmové trilogie Pán prstenů Návrat krále získal v roce 2004 Oscara.

41 Beren y Lúthien

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2018-02-13
Description :  El relato de Beren y Lúthien era, o se convirtió, en un elemento esencial en la evolución de <i>El Silmarillion</i>, los mitos y leyendas de la Primera Edad del Mundo concebidos por J. R. R. Tolkien. El autor escribió el relato durante el año siguiente a su regreso de Francia y de la batalla del Somme a finales de 1916.<br /><br />Esencial para la historia y sin haber sido nunca alterado, el elemento central del relato es el destino que ensombrece el amor de Beren y Lúthien, dado que Beren era un hombre mortal y Lúthien una Elfa inmortal, cuyo padre, un gran señor Elfo, en clara oposición a Beren, impuso a éste una tarea imposible que debía llevar a cabo si quería desposar a Lúthien. Éste es el núcleo de la leyenda, que acaba conduciendo al absolutamente heroico intento&#xa0; de Beren y Lúthien de robarle un Silmaril al más malvado de todos los seres: Melkor, también llamado Morgoth, el Enemigo Oscuro.<br /><br />En este libro Christopher Tolkien ha intentado extraer la historia de Beren y Lúthien de la extensa obra en la cual estaba entretejida. Para ilustrar una parte del proceso a través del cual este «Gran Relato» de la Tierra Media evolucionó a través de los años, Christopher ha narrado la historia en palabras de su padre ofreciendo, en primer lugar, su forma original, y a continuación pasajes en prosa y verso de textos posteriores que ilustran cómo ha cambiado la narrativa.&#xa0;

42 Lo hobbit (illustrato)

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2012-11-28
Description :  Pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1937, Lo Hobbit è per i lettori di tutto il mondo il primo capitolo del Signore degli Anelli, uno dei massimi cicli narrativi del XX secolo. Protagonisti della vicenda sono, per l’appunto, gli hobbit, piccoli esseri "dolci come il miele e resistenti come le radici di alberi secolari", che vivono con semplicità e saggezza in un idillico scenario di campagna: la Contea. La placida esistenza degli hobbit viene turbata quando il mago Gandalf e tredici nani si presentano alla porta dell’ignaro Bilbo Baggins e lo trascinano in una pericolosa avventura. Lo scopo è la riconquista di un leggendario tesoro, custodito da Smaug, un grande e temibile drago. Bilbo, riluttante, si imbarca nell’impresa, inconsapevole che lungo il cammino s’imbatterà in una strana creatura di nome Gollum. Questa edizione vede la nuova traduzione della Società Tolkieniana Italiana, e le splendide illustrazioni di Alan Lee. Nuova traduzione

43 A Middle English Reader and Vocabulary

Author : Kenneth Sisam & J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Language Arts & Disciplines  Books  Professional & Technical  Education  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2011-09-12
Description :  Scholarly and highly informative, this anthology represents a distinctive contribution to the understanding and enjoyment of Middle English literature. Kenneth Sisam's well-chosen extracts from writings of the 14th century illustrate a rising new spirit in vernacular works. Selections include excerpts from such tales as "Sir Gawayne and the Grene Knight" and the"Gest Hystoriale of the destruction of Troy," the immortal "Piers Plowman," John Wycliffe's translation of the Bible, political commentaries, and poetry. In addition to notes on each selection and an informative appendix, this volume features an extensive glossary by J. R. R. Tolkien. Best known as the author of <i>The Lord of the Rings,</i> Tolkien was an Oxford University professor of linguistics whose "vocabulary" offers an effective and practical complement to this outstanding anthology.

44 Beren e Lúthien

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Epic  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2017-06-01
Description :  La storia della coppia fantastica a cui già si allude in altre opere di Tolkien è il cuore di questo inedito molto atteso dagli appassionati, che la racconta per esteso: quello tra Beren e Lúthien è un amore contrastato, tra un umano della Terra di Mezzo e un'elfa di stirpe regale. <br />Lui mortale, lei immortale, divisi dalla razza, uniti dalla passione e dalla tenacia: il padre di Lúthien si rifiutò di concedere a Beren la mano della figlia, ma ben sapeva di non poter contrastare per sempre i due innamorati. Così sfidò l'umano a portargli uno dei Silmaril della Corona di Morgoth, promettendogli in cambio la sua benedizione. Una missione impossibile che invece riuscì. Beren, ferito a morte, fu poi salvato in extremis, e Lúthien rinunciò all'immortalità per essere sua pari. <br /><br />In questo volume Christopher Tolkien ha cercato di estrapolare la storia di Beren e Lúthien dal contesto più ampio in cui era contenuta; ma il racconto ha subito cambiamenti e si è evoluto man mano che l'orizzonte della Terra di Mezzo si è allargato. <br />Per mostrare la vitalità di questo nucleo narrativo il curatore ha scelto di raccontarla attraverso le parole di suo padre prima nella sua forma originale e poi in passaggi di prosa e di poesia appartenenti a testi posteriori: qui insieme per la prima volta, tutti contribuiscono a rivelarne l'immediatezza.

45 La historia de Kullervo

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-05-17
Description :  Kullervo el Desdichado, como Tolkien lo llamaba, es un niño huérfano sin fortuna alguna, con poderes sobrenaturales pero marcado por un destino trágico. Educado en la granja del oscuro mago Untamo, Kullervo estaría solo en el mundo si no fuera por el amor de Wanona, su hermana gemela, y por la protección de los poderes mágicos de Musti, el perro negro. Kullervo es vendido como esclavo y jura vengarse del mago, pero cuando está a punto de llevar a cabo la venganza se da cuenta de que no puede escapar al más cruel de los destinos.<br /><br />Tolkien afirmó que <i>La historia de Kullervo</i> fue «el germen de mis intentos de escribir leyendas propias» y que constituía «uno de los temas principales en las leyendas de la Primera Edad». De hecho, su Kullervo era el precursor de Túrin Turambar, el trágico héroe incestuoso de <i>Los hijos de Húrin</i>.

46 Bilbo's Last Song

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien & Pauline Baynes
Genre :  Fantasy  Books  Young Adult  Fiction  Kids  Poetry  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  1992-02-18
Description :  <i>Bilbo’s Last Song</i> is considered by many to be Tolkien’s epilogue to his classic work <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>. As Bilbo Baggins takes his final voyage to the Undying Lands, he must say goodbye to Middle-earth. Poignant and lyrical, the song is both a longing to set forth on his ultimate journey and a tender farewell to friends left behind.<br /> Pauline Baynes’s jewel-like illustrations lushly depict both this final voyage and scenes from <i>The Hobbit</i>, as Bilbo remembers his first journey while he prepares for his last.

47 Letters From Father Christmas

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2004-11-15
Description :  Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting. The letters were from Father Christmas.<br /> They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone North Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house, and many more.<br /> No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by Tolkien’s inventiveness in this classic holiday treat.

48 Společenstvo prstenu

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-02-02
Description :  V dávných dobách vykovali elfští kováři prsteny moci, netušili však, že Temný pán Sauron dal vyrobit ještě jeden prsten, který měl vládnout všem. Spojené armády lidí a elfů nakonec Saurona porazily a prsten mu odňaly, tato magická věc se však ztratila, aby po mnoha letech padla do rukou Bilba Pytlíka. Trilogie Pán prstenů vypráví o nebezpečné cestě Bilbova příbuzného Froda, který musí opustit ospalou vesničku Hobitín v Kraji a vydat se na nebezpečnou cestu přes celou Středozem k Puklinám osudu, aby zničil Prsten, a zmařil tak Sauronovy temné plány.<br /> První část trilogie sleduje, jak se díky čaroději Gandalfovi zformuje společenstvo, složené ze zástupců lidí, elfů, trpaslíků a hobitů, které má Froda na jeho cestě doprovázet, jak začne cesta společenstva a jak se posléze kvůli moci prstenu a snahám nepřátel společenstvo rozpadá…

49 Dvě věže

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-02-02
Description :  V dávných dobách vykovali elfští kováři prsteny moci, netušili však, že Temný pán Sauron dal vyrobit ještě jeden prsten, který měl vládnout všem. Spojené armády lidí a elfů nakonec Saurona porazily a prsten mu odňaly, tato magická věc se však ztratila, aby po mnoha letech padla do rukou Bilba Pytlíka. Trilogie Pán prstenů vypráví o nebezpečné cestě Bilbova příbuzného Froda, který musí opustit ospalou vesničku Hobitín v Kraji a vydat se na nebezpečnou cestu přes celou Středozem k Puklinám osudu, aby zničil Prsten, a zmařil tak Sauronovy temné plány.<br /> V druhé části sledujeme osudy jednotlivých členů rozpadlého společenstva prstenu. Hobiti Frodo a Sam s prstenem putují na vlastní pěst do říše Temného pána, sledováni obojakým Glumem, který touží po prstenu. Druhé dva hobity, Pipina a Smíška unášejí skřeti, jimž jsou v patách elf Legolas, trpaslík Gimli a člověk Aragorn, kteří chtějí hobity zachránit. Nad celou Středozemí se stahují mračna a nepřítel se snaží všemožně nahlodat odhodlání těch, kteří stojí proti němu.

50 Návrat krále

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre :  Epic  Books  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-02-02
Description :  V dávných dobách vykovali elfští kováři prsteny moci. Netušili však, že Temný pán Sauron dal vyrobit ještě jeden prsten, který měl vládnout všem. Trilogie Pán prstenů vypráví o nebezpečné cestě Bilbova příbuzného Froda, který musí opustit ospalou vesničku Hobitín v Kraji a vydat se na nebezpečnou cestu přes celou Středozem k Puklinám osudu, aby zničil Prsten, a zmařil tak Sauronovy temné plány.<br /> Velkolepý závěrečný díl celé trilogie paralelně vypráví jednak o horečných válečných přípravách a o nelehkém sjednocování těch, kdo mají odvahu a vůli čelit Temnému pánu a jeho nelidským armádám, jednak o putování Froda, Sama a Gluma do Mordoru a k Hoře osudu. V epilogu velkých dějů se ještě temná moc vzmáhá k podlým činům, kterým je třeba zabránit. Odchodem mnohých hrdinů knihy do Šedých přístavů končí Tolkienovo vyprávění i jedna éra v dějinách Středozemě.



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