#ArmchairBEA2014 Literature: Welcome to Middle-earth

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  I struggled with what to make this post about. Literature is such a broad subject. I bounced from making this all about Austen to lists galore. But you know what? Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is obviously a timeless piece of British literature. It is my favorite book, and Middle-earth is my home. So today, I'm going to drag you guys along on a trip through Middle-earth!

  From the very first time that I picked up Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth felt real. It was like something had clicked and I found the place that I belonged. After finishing Lord of the Rings, I had to find more books about this place that suddenly became my home. Since then, I've slowly been collecting all of Tolkien's books, the ones in the Middle-earth universe and those that are not. His writing speaks to my soul, and I find so much comfort between the pages of his works.

  There's a list below with the books published by Tolkien set in Middle-earth. His son, Christopher, has since published a lot of his unfinished works and drafts. I've only included those published during Tolkien's life, but there's a link to the list of all the Middle-earth universe books. But first, this wouldn't be a post by me without some gifs.
If you really want to know what Middle-earth is based on, it's my wonder
and delight in the earth as it is, particularly the natural earth.

-J.R.R. Tolkien
Mount Doom
Books set in Middle-earth
The Hobbit, 1937

This list does not include the books that were published posthumously. For a full list, click here.

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  1. I did not realize there were other books based in Middle-Earth other than those directly related to LOTR. Thanks for posting this, and I am going to have to check out some of the others!

    Lisa @Just Another Rabid Reader

  2. Love it! Middle Earth is a crazy world, full of not only different places, but also different dialects and languages. I love how you can really immerse yourself in this world,and that to me, makes good literature - when a world is created for you and you BELIEVE and want to live in it.

    Random Ramblings

  3. I love Middle Earth and I'm a huge fan of all the movies, but there is something about his books.. I've tried reading the first LOTR book 3 times now and every time I get stranded half way.. It's my goal to finish the books one day! Haha.


  4. Middle Earth is one of my favorite places ever and where I want to go when I'm having a bad day. LOVED your post title too!!

  5. I think most people don't mind getting dragged to Middle Earth. I don't! :)

  6. The Hobbit was one of my favorite books growing up. I loved the adventure in that book. The Lord of the Rings is a favorite of mine too. It's just so easy to get lost in the pages.

  7. I read the Hobbit for the first time with a group and really enjoyed it. I've nevef been able to get through the Lord of the Rings series:( I will one day ! Have a great week!

  8. Have loved LOTR for longer than I care to remember. Plan to reread it over the next year. Have a great week.

  9. "Mellon!" ^_^ Talk about desert island reads.

  10. Hallo, Hallo Kristen!!

    *waves hallo!* :) I am a cheerREADER on Team4! :) And, I must say your theme is wicked sweet as much as your topic of choice! I think I lucked out on the dice roll as far as which blogs to visit! The best bit about this visit is that your focusing on Middle Earth & I have ALL of Tolkien's canon listed under tCC List on my bookish blog! It is my goal within the next five years to be in a position to read his wonderful worlds of Middle Earth! I wish I could have read the books ahead of the motion pictures by Peter Jackson, but alas that was simply not in the cards! And, I do mention this quite a heap in the twitterverse & book blogosphere but I felt such a strong connection to Middle Earth via those films! I cannot wait now to read the world which inspired the adaptations! Truly you picked a great tome of narrative story to highlight today!

    Ooh, boy! You love Jane Austen, too!? Before I was a book blogger I used to think that it was going to be a very, very long time before I found any like-minded souls who appreciated the same authors & novels I did! How lovely for all of us to be in the book blogosphere, attending events like #ArmChairBEA and being brought together rather happily in the process!! Wow. A Janeite AND a Middle Earth chick! You rock!

    I am going to be writing about Literature myself, but it will most likely post after midnight rather than before it as I have a late start tonight on comments! :( I am in the same pickle as you! How to pick the topic to appreciate the scope!?

    I was touched by finding out that through the books you've felt an aching familiarity of the stories and I found the same portal through the motion pictures! I will have to mark down your blog / Twitter handle to contact you after I've read them myself! Wow. I look forward to the future conversations! Are you in The Classics Club!?

    Jorie's #ArmChairBEA Intro

  11. Great post topic! I love LOTR but it isn't the first thing I'd think of when discussing literature. It's so well written though and so immersive, it definitely think it should be considered great literature :)

  12. I never read past The Return of the King. Great post!

  13. I love how Tolkien-esque/Middle Earth-esque your post is! I love LOTR, it's my all-time favourite book <3 No matter how many times I've read it, there's always something new or different that I notice, whether it be some small detail or paying attention to a particular character...I just love how rich the story is :)

    - Lianne @ caffeinatedlife.net


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