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Dec. 23rd, 2014

dawn_felagund had a nice post at Tumblr looking at what books by JRRT people should read after the Hobbit and LOTR. I added my own recommendations. It's quite good, I think.

http://marta-bee.tumblr.com/post/105914484868/what-would-you-recommend-or-consider-the-most

And now I'm thinking what I really need to do is create a kind of map to Tolkien's writings - what sources connect to which stories, that kind of thing. Or something. I just don't know I'm familiar enough with the Elves stuff to do that part justice, but maybe I could lay the framework out and let other people make suggestions and add them in after I'm done.

Or maybe I'm just being a geek and this is fine. Sometimes I'm such a hobbit, wanting my books with facts laid out neatly. GFIC exchange piece first, though. 

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dreamflower02
Dec. 26th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC)
I have to say that all of the things mentioned in the link are good and important works to read. I'd say of the volumes of HoMe that might be most accessible to the casual reader, I'd say The Return of the Shadow, with the fascinating genesis of the early drafts of LotR, and also the last volume Peoples of Middle-earth, which has so much background on the various races of Arda.

If it's not just M-e you are interested in, but would like to read a lovely children's tale that is only very peripherally related to Arda, but gives a great picture of what it might be to be a small child with JRRT as your father, I highly recommend Roverandom. It is charming and innocent and funny!

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