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Author:  Linaewen
Title:  Reading Tolkien Chronologically : A "History of Middle-earth" Reading List
Rating:  G
Theme:  Nonfiction
Subject:  Reading Tolkien's legendarium in chronological order
Type:  Tutorial; Reading List
Word Count:  675
Author's Notes:
I love reading things chronologically, so it wasn't long after becoming entranced with Tolkien and his vast history that I decided to try my hand at preparing a chronological reading list as a way to read through Tolkien in proper order.  As new works were published, I worked them into my "system" and used it to read through the series every year.  It is not a perfect chronology, for there is repetition and some backtracking in order to include different tellings of the same events that often provide a new detail or insight -- but for the most part it covers the history in order as it happened.  For someone new to the books, it can be a bit confusing to read in this fashion, but for those who are familiar with Tolkien and his world, it can provide a fascinating and refreshing way to read the history of Middle-earth.



Reading Tolkien Chronologically

A "History of Middle-earth" Reading List

by Linaewen

Abbreviations Key:

S = The Silmarillion
UT = Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth
CoH = The Children of Húrin
LoTR = The Lord of the Rings
FoTR = Fellowship of the Ring
TTT = The Two Towers
RoTK = Return of the King

~*~*~*~*~

Ainulindalë (S)

Valaquenta (S)

Quenta Silmarillion (S)
    After Chapter 21 "Of Túrin Turambar" also read:
        "Narn i Hîn Húrin" & appendix (UT)
         [For a more extended reading of this part of the tale, read The Children of Húrin (CoH)]
    After Chapter 23 "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin" also read:
        "Of Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin" (UT)

The Drúedain (UT)

The History of Galadriel & Celeborn (UT)
    Read the following:
        Main section [Except for the section, "The Elessar"]
        Appendix C : "The Boundaries of Lorien"
        Appendix E : "The Names of Galadriel & Celeborn"

Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age (S)
    [Read through as far as Sauron's sojourn in Númenor]

Description of the Island of Númenor (UT)

The Line of Elros (UT)

Aldarion and Erendis (UT)

The History of Galadriel & Celeborn (UT)
    Read Appendix D : "Lond Daer"

Akallabêth (S)

Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age (S)
    [Read from Sauron's capture and the destruction of Númenor to the defeat of Sauron by Isildur]

The History of Galadriel & Celeborn (UT)
    Read the following:
        Appendix A : "The Silvan Elves & their Speech"
        Appendix B : "The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves"

Lord of the Rings Appendix A (RoTK)
    Read the following sections:
        Annals of the Kings & Rulers - 1st paragraph
        I. The Númenorean Kings: (i) Númenor

The Disaster of the Gladden Fields & appendix (UT)

The Istari (UT)

The History of Galadriel & Celeborn (UT)
    [Read: "The Elessar" at the end of main section]

Lord of the Rings Appendix A (RoTK)
    Read the following sections of Annals of the Kings & Rulers, I. The Númenorean Kings:
        (ii) Realms in Exile
        (iii) Eriador, Arnor, Heirs of Isildur
        (iv) Gondor & the Heirs of Anárion
            [read up to Cirion and the Oath of Eorl in "The Stewards" section, stopping with Beren, the 19th Steward]

Cirion & Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan (UT)

Lord of the Rings Appendix A (RoTK)
    Read the following sections of Annals of the Kings & Rulers:
        II. The House of Eorl
        I.  The Númenorean Kings: (iv) Gondor & the Heirs of Anárion, "The Stewards"
            [read from Beren, 19th Steward to Turgon]
        I.  The Númenorean Kings: (v) A Part of the Tale of Aragorn & Arwen
            [read to the death of Gilraen]
        I.  The Númenorean Kings: (iv) Gondor & the Heirs of Anárion, "The Stewards"
            [read from Ecthelion II to the end of the section]
        III. Durin's Folk
            [read the whole section except for the last part which speaks of Gimli Glóin's son]

Lord of the Rings Appendix B: "The Tale of Years" (RoTK)
    [read through year 2939, Third Age]

Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age (S)
    [Read from the beginning of the Third Age to the battle with Sauron at the end of the Third Age]

The Quest of Erebor & appendix (UT)

The Hobbit

Lord of the Rings Appendices C through F (RoTK)

Lord of the Rings Prologue (FoTR)

The Hunt for the Ring (UT)

Fellowship of the Ring (LoTR vol. 1)

The Battles of the Fords of Isen & appendix (UT)

The Two Towers (LoTR vol. 2)

The Palantíri (UT)

Return of the King (LoTR vol. 3)

Lord of the Rings Appendix B: "The Tale of Years" (ROTK)
    [read from year 2941 to end]

Lord of the Rings Appendix A (RoTK)
    Read the following sections of Annals of the Kings & Rulers:
        I.  The Númenorean Kings: (v) A Part of the Tale of Aragorn & Arwen
            [read from the War of Ring to the death of Arwen]
        III.  Durin's Folk
            [read the last paragraphs concerning Gimli after the War of the Ring]

Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age (S)
    [Read the last two sections which summarize the War of the Ring and end with the sailing of the Keepers of the Three Rings]



Comments

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dreamflower02
Aug. 16th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
This is a really useful way to read the story chronologically! It is much simpler to follow than some schemes I have seen, which have the reader flipping back and forth (especially in LotR!) between various scenes. (In one, you read a few paragraphs in the first chapter of TT, then skip to read another, then skip all the way to Book 4 to read another few sentences! Totally confusing and unrealistic!)

Edited at 2012-08-18 11:20 am (UTC)
lin4gondor
Aug. 18th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
I've seen that kind of chronology, but haven't attempted to try it yet -- I probably should try reading LotR like that once, since I'm such a fan of chronological reading! However, I don't think it's really necessary to go that far to get a feel for the order of the tale in LotR, and rather than add to the story, jumping around like that detracts from it. As you say, confusing and unrealistic!

I'm glad you find my method useful! :-D
blslarner
Aug. 16th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this one!
shirebound
Aug. 16th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
How interesting! Thank you for making this list for us.
lindahoyland
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
This is very interesting and useful.
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