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Note that there are also studies in the other sections. For instance the Walking Tree publications are in the "Books about Tolkien - Societies publications" section.



Sarah Arthur, Walking with Frodo

A devotional journey through The Lord of the Rings

Wheaton, 2003. "Leads you through nine pairs of choices -such as darkness or light, betrayal or loyalty- made in The Lord of the Rings and what the Bible has to say about it." Paperback. Illustrated.*

Sarah Arthur, Walking with Bilbo

A devotional adventure through The Hobbit

Wheaton, 2005.  Quotes from The Hobbit are placed next to ones from the Bible. Paperback. Illustrated.*

Mark Atherton, There and Back Again

JRR Tolkien and the Origin of The Hobbit

Tauris, 2012. 1st edition. Hardback*.
'Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.' The prophetic words of Galadriel, addressed to Frodo as he prepared to travel from Lothlorien to Mordor to destroy the One Ring, are just as pertinent to J R R Tolkien's own fiction. For decades, hobbits and the other fantastical creatures of Middle-earth have captured the imaginations of a fiercely loyal tribe of readers, all enhanced by the immense success of Peter Jackson's films: first The Lord of the Rings, and now his new The Hobbit. But for all Tolkien's global fame and the familiarity of modern culture with Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo and Sam, the sources of the great mythmaker's own myth-making have been neglected. Mark Atherton here explores the chief influences on Tolkien's work: his boyhood in the West Midlands; the landscapes and seascapes which shaped his mythologies; his experiences in World War I; his interest in Scandinavian myth; his friendships, especially with the other Oxford-based Inklings; and the relevance of his themes, especially ecological themes, to the present-day. There and Back Again offers a unique guide to the varied inspirations behind Tolkien's life and work, and sheds new light on how a legend is born.*

Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder, Frodo & Harry. Crossway, 2003

Understanding visual media and it impact on our lives

Deals with the influence of movies on children. 1st edition. Paperback.

DeeDee Baldwin (ed.), Parma Eruseen

The Essay Collection

2015. 1st edition. Paperback. Collection of essays on Tolkien and the Jackson movies from the website Parma Eruseen.*

Stanley P. Baldwin, J.R.R. Tolkien: His Life and Works

Library of Great Authors

Spark Notes, 2003. Overview of Tolkien life and work, with summaries of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued).*

Gregory Bassham and Eric Bronson (ed.), The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy. One Book to Rule Them All

Open Court , 2003

1st edition. Paperback. Essays on the Ring, immortality, time and ending.*

Gregory Bassham (ed.), The Hobbit and Philosophy

Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

Blackwell, 2012. 1st editon. Paperback.

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is one of the best-loved fantasy books of all time and the enchanting "prequel" to The Lord of the Rings. With the help of some of history's great philosophers, this book ponders a host of deep questions raised in this timeless tale, such as: Are adventures simply "nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things" that "make you late for dinner," or are they exciting and potentially life-changing events? What duties do friends have to one another? Should mercy be extended even to those who deserve to die?

  • Gives you new insights into The Hobbit's central characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorin and their exploits, from the Shire through Mirkwood to the Lonely Mountain
  • Explores key questions about The Hobbit's story and themes, including: Was the Arkenstone really Bilbo's to give? How should Smaug's treasure have been distributed? Did Thorin leave his "beautiful golden harp" at Bag-End when he headed out into the Wild? (If so, how much could we get for that on eBay?)
  • Draws on the insights of some of the world's deepest thinkers, from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, William Blake, and contemporary American philosopher Thomas Nagel

From the happy halls of Elrond's Last Homely House to Gollum's "slimy island of rock," The Hobbit and Philosophy is a must read for longtime Tolkien fans as well as those discovering Bilbo Baggins and his adventures "there and back again" for the first time. *

Brian Bates, The Real Middle-earth. Pan, 2002

Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages

Book on Celtic mythology and the links with Middle-earth. Hardback.

Brian Bates, The Real Middle-earth. Palgrave, 2003

Exploring the Magic and Mystery in the Middle Ages, J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings

Book on Celtic mythology and the links with Middle-earth. Hardback.

Alida Becker (ed.), A Tolkien Treasury

Philadelphia, 2000. With essay's by W.H Auden, Colin Wilson, Edmund Wilson a.o. With a section on paintings by Tim Kirk. Hardback.*

Alida Becker (ed.), A Tolkien Treasury - mini edition

Philadelphia, 2012. With quotes by W.H Auden, Colin Wilson, Edmund Wilson a.o. Illustrated in b&w by Michael Green and in colour by Tim Kirk. Hardback.*

James Stuart Bell, The Spiritual World of The Hobbit

Minneapolis, 2013. 1st edition. Paperback.

"Let this book be your guide as you discover hidden truths embedded in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure. As one of the bestselling books of the last hundred years, and now a blockbuster movie, the magical charm of The Hobbit has delighted millions. But there is a spiritual dimension that will strike an even deeper chord. The Spiritual World of the Hobbit will take you behind the scenes, revealing Tolkien's beliefs and motivations. From there it will walk you step-by-step through the story itself, uncovering powerful themes of providence, mercy, and courage that are as important in our own lives today as they were to the hobbits in Middle-earth."*

Magne Bergland (ed.), Angerthas in English 3

Bergen, 1997. Magazine of the Norwegian Tolkien Society. This is an all English edition with articles like "Law and Administration in The Shire", "Tolkien and Military Strategy", "The Poem Silmessë", "Magic in Middle-earth". Illustrated. Stapled wrappers. 

Bradley J. Birzer, J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth. Understanding Middle-earth

Isi Books, 2002

1st edition. Hardback. "Explains the surprisingly specific religious symbolism that permeates Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium."

Andrew Blake, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Beginner's Guide

Hodder, 2002. A basic introduction, aimed at school children. 1st edition. Paperback. Illustrated.

Harold Bloom (ed.), J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Modern Critical Interpretations

Philadelphia, 2000

Contains: "The Appeal of The Lord of the Rings: A Struggle for Life" by Hugh Keenan, "The Lord of the Rings as Literature" by Burton Raffel, "Frodo Anti-Faust: The Lord of the Rings as Contemporary Mythology" by Randel Helms, "1925-1949(ii): The Third Age" by Humphrey Carpenter, "The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien’s Epic" by Jane Chance Nitzsche, "Defining The Lord of the Rings: An Adventure Story in the Edwardian Mode" by Jared Lobdell, "Recovery: Name in The Lord of the Rings" by David Jeffrey, "The Medieval-Renaissance Vision of The Lord of the Rings" by Rose Zimbardo and "The Quest as Legend: The Lord of the Rings" by Katharyn Crabbe. All published before. 1st edition. Hardback.

Harold Bloom (red.), J.R.R. Tolkien. Modern Critical Views

Philadelphia, 2000.  "Tolkien: The Monster and the Critics" by Thomas Gasque, "Cosmic Order" by Paul Kocher, "Tolkien and Frodo Baggins" by Roger Sale, "The Author (1953-1965)" by Daniel Grotta-Kurska, "The Individuated Hobbit" by Timothy R. O’Neill, "Tolkien’s Prelude" by Anne Petty, "A Mythology for England" by Paul Kocher, "On the Need for Writing Tolkien Criticsm" by Neill Isaacs, "Lit. and Lang" by Tom Shippey and "Myth and Story" by Richard Purtill. All published before. 1st edition. Hardback.

Conrad O'Briain (ed.), Tolkien: The Forest and the City

Dublin, 2013. 1st ediiton. Hardback. Collecton of essays by Verlyn Flieger, Tom Shippey. Thomas Honegger, Michael Drout a.o.

Despite the association of J.R.R. Tolkien with the natural world, Middle-earth as landscape and built environment has been relatively neglected. Tolkien: the forest and the city presents new work by some of the finest scholars in Tolkien studies, as well as research from a number of emerging scholars, addressing this neglect. 

Drawing on a wide variety of critical approaches, from philology to ecocriticism, in a clear, approachable style, this collection explores the interaction of culture and nature that imbues Tolkien’s secondary world with the immediacy of our own. *

Kurt Brunner and Jim Ware, Finding God in The Lord of the Rings

Wheaton, 2001. Hardback. Quotes from The Lord of the Rings are compared to the Bible and the authors draw lessons from that.*

Kurt Brunner and Jim Ware, Finding God in The Lord of the Rings

Wheaton, 2001. 1st edition as paperback. Quotes from The Lord of the Rings are compared to the Bible and the authors draw lessons from that.*

Marjorie Burns, Perilous Realms (hardback)

Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-earth

University of Toronto Press, 2005. "well researched and stimulating work that repeatedly offers original insights and contains much to interest the reader who wishes to explore the fascinating web of influences, sources and attitudes underlying Tolkien's Middle-earth". 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued).

Stratford Caldecott, The Power of the Ring

The Spiritual Vision Behind The Lord of the Rings

Crossroad, 2005. 1st edition. Paperback.*

The spiritual intensity of The Lord of the Rings is obvious to anyone who has read the trilogy or watched the films by Peter Jackson. Yet the majority of fans are still not aware that the authors was a devout Roman Catholic. In this book Stratford Caldecott reveals the deeper meanings of the text and films, drawing not only on the classic published works but also on Tolkien's writings unpublished during his lifetime.

Lin Carter, Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings. Ballantine, 1971

Fourth printing. Pocket. On the cover various mythical beings. "A joyous exploration of Tolkien's classic trilogy and of the glorious tradition from which it grew". Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Lin Carter, Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings. Ballantine, 1973

Pocket. On the cover a knight fighting a dragon. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Lin Carter, Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings. London, 2003

Gollancz. 1st edition thus. Hardback.*

Erica Challis (ed.), People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien

Cold Spring Press, 2004

Essays and reviews taken from TheOneRing.net. Paperback.*

Erica Challis (ed.), More People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien

Cold Spring Press, 2005

More essays and reviews taken from TheOneRing.net. 1st edition. Paperback.*

Jane Chance Nitzsche, Tolkien's Art

Papermac, 1980. 1st edition thus. Paperback. "traces in detail the sources and influences, from pagan epic to Christian legend". Antiquarian: very good condition.*

Jane Chance, Tolkien's Art. A Mythology for England. Revised Edition

Kentucky, 2001

Paperback. Cover by Michael Hague.

Jane Chance (ed.), Tolkien and the Invention of Myth. A Reader

University Press of Kentucky, 2004

Eightien essays from prominent Tolkien scholars like Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger and Richard West. 1st edition. Hardback.

Jane Chance, The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power. Revised Edition


Kentucky, 2001. 1st edition thus. Paperback. Cover by Michael Hague. "explores how power, politics and language interact in this heroic tale". Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Jane Chance and Alfred Siewers (ed.), Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages

The New Middle Ages

Palgrave, 2005. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued). Fourteen articles on Tolkien, such as "A Postmodern Medievalist?" by Verlyn Flieger and "Appropriate Anachronism in My Paintings of Middle-earth" by Ted Nasmith.*

Oronzo Cilli, Tolkien the Esperantist

Before the arrival of Bilbo Baggins

Barletta, 2017. 1st edition. Paperback.

The book contains studies by Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne and Oronzo Cilli which examine the connection which existed between J.R.R. Tolkien, and the planned language Esperanto, created by L.L. Zamenhof.

Smith and Wynne’s essay, published originally in Seven (2000), presents Tolkien’s first experiments with inventing languages and analyses in depth his initial encounter with Esperanto, as mentioned in a notebook of his from 1909 which he called the Book of the Foxrook.

Cilli’s essay covers the period of Tolkien’s life when he first encountered Esperanto in his youth, via the Officers’ Training Corps and Baden-Powells’ Scout movement and the celebration of the World Congress of Esperanto (1930), which was attended by R.B. McCallum, and the British Congress of Esperanto (1933), for which Tolkien was named a patron. Thanks to Cilli’s research, a document previously unknown in Tolkien studies, The Educational Value of Esperanto, signed by Tolkien alongside other eminent British academics of the time, is included.

A contribution from Tim Owen of the Esperanto Association of Britain enriches the book. The Foreword is entrusted to John Garth, author of the books Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth (HarperCollins, 2003) and Tolkien at Exeter College (Exeter College, 2014).*

David Colbert, The Magical Worlds of The Lord of the Rings

A Treasury of Myths, Legends and Fascinating Facts

1st edition. Paperback. A basic introduction to Tolkien and his work. Illustrated.*

Janet Brennan Croft (ed.), Tolkien and Shakespeare

Essays on Shared Themes and Languages

London, 2007. 1st edition. Paperback.
Tolkien and Shakespeare: one a prolific popular dramatist and poet of the Elizabethan era, the other a twentieth-century scholar of Old English and author of a considerably smaller body of work. Though unquestionably very different writers, the two have more in common than one might expect. These essays focus on the broad themes and motifs which concerned both authors. They seek to uncover Shakespeare's influence on Tolkien through echoes of the playwright's themes and even word choices, discovering how Tolkien used, revised, updated, "corrected," and otherwise held an ongoing dialogue with Shakespeare's works.

The depiction of Elves and the world of Faerie, and how humans interact with them, are some of the most obvious points of comparison and difference for the two writers. Both Tolkien and Shakespeare deeply explored the uses and abuses of power with princes, politics, war, and the lessons of history. Magic and prophecy were also of great concern to both authors, and the works of both are full of encounters with the Other: masks and disguises, mirrors that hide and reveal, or seeing stones that show only part of the truth.*

Patrick Curry, Defending Middle-earth

Tolkien: Myth and Modernity

Houghton Mifflin, 2004. 1st edition. Paperback. "Curry asks why a book that is so loved by readers continues to attract such critical hostility. In a spirited defence of Tolkien's mythological creation, this new study holds that far from being reactionary and 'escapist'".*

Russell W. Dalton, Faith Journey through Fantasy Lands

A Christian Dialogue with Harry Potter, Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings

Minneapolis, 2003. Christian themes and values in fantasy. Paperback.*

Cath Filmer-Davies, Towards a Good Death: The Fantasy Fiction of C.S. Lewis

Nimrod Publication, 1998. 1st edition. Stapled wrappers.*

Di Archer e.a., The Lord of the Rings. What the Bible say about themes of mission, power, wisdom and courage

Connect, 2002. Stapled wrappers.