Bookshelf Tour: Tolkien

Welcome to the third week of the bookshelf tour! Previously: Nonfiction | Buddhism & Yoga | Poetry & Adult Fiction | Adult Fiction & Graphic Novels | Horror & Classics. ICYMI, since I’m not on Booktube, and never will be, I wanted to travel through my shelves on a biweekly adventure on the blog. Since these are going to be pretty long, I won’t ramble on, so let’s get to it! About half of these are read, though probably only a handful are reviewed, so I’ll link to Goodreads if it’s available.

This shelf is my pride and joy. It’s got a big space at the end because I want to keep filling it with different editions as I find them. Tolkien is the only author that I buy several versions of books for, but oh boy, am I so damn proud of these. I’ll link each title to Goodreads, as well as drop star ratings if I’ve read them.

This is definitely going to be the best shelf of all of them because everything is just one thing, nothing mixed together. I’ve even left the last bit of the shelf empty since I know I’ll keep adding more to it. But, before we get into that, let’s look at the extras. There’s a red Buddha hiding on the left of the rosemary mint candle, a black and white elephant on either side of chakra stones, a jade elephant that my brother nearly got confiscated bringing back from Australia on top of a water lily & pear candle, and a seagrass candle from one of my favorite brands, Sand + Fog, beneath a mask that my brother brought back from his month in Belize. The herbs creeping in on the right are sea leaves? I think? I can’t 100% remember.

And without the stuff so you can actually see the books.

Tolkien

And here lies the prized Tolkien shelf! Once upon a time, I only owned one set of the trilogy, and those weren’t even mine–they were my dad’s that I’d decided I was going to keep on my shelves. Over the years, however, I’ve slowly built up my collection, and while it’s nowhere near finished, I’m pretty proud of it right now.

My top three in this section is:

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien | ★★★★ | Review

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter | ★★★★★ | Review

The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien by J.R.R. Tolkien | ★★★★ | Review

An Atlas of Tolkien by David Day | ★★★★★ | Review

The Battles of Tolkien by David Day | ★★★★ | Review

The Return of the Shadow by J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien | UNREAD

The Treason of Isengard by J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien | UNREAD

The War of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien | UNREAD

The End of the Third Age by J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien | UNREAD

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien | ★★★★★ | Review

NOTE: I have three copies of The Silmarillion.
The hardcovers are both first editions,
and one of them has been in my family since publication.

The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien | ★★★★ | Review

Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien | ★★★★ | Review

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien | ★★★★ | Review

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien | ★★★★★ | Review

NOTE: I have two copies of Unfinished Tales.
The hardcover is a first edition.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien | ★★★★ | Review

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien | ★★★★★

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien | ★★★★★

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien | ★★★★★

NOTE: I have three copies of the trilogy.
The hardcovers are second editions.
The taped paperbacks are from the 80s and have the funniest covers ever.


What is your favorite Tolkien book?

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Mary RYT 200 Tibetan Buddhism Gryffindor Part-time witch, full-time novelist. Lover of words, planets, dragons, and mountains.

22 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour: Tolkien

    1. Gosh, and I literally just received another copy of The Silmarillion! It’s been passed down through my dad’s brothers, and all of them have read it, and now it’s “coming to the next generation.” These books are so good!

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