Science fiction and fantasy
J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien took the fantasy genre and breathed new life into it, making it acceptable to write about elves and dwarves for an adult audience. His world-building inspired many imitators.
But Tolkien's Middle Earth isn't actually a new world. It's our Earth, set in the distant and mythical past. His aim was to create a distinctly British and English mythology.
A number of his works have been published posthumously, compiled from his notes with the help of his son, Christopher Tolkien.
Other stuffLord of the Rings Quiz
Try this quiz to test your knowledge of Tolkien's Middle Earth.
A young hobbit sets out on a quest to destroy a cursed ring at the heart of an evil realm. The first book in The Lord of the Rings.
The fellowship was broken up. Whilst Sam and Frodo are left to fight the temptation of the ring, whilst others contend with the wizard Saruman. The second book in The Lord of the Rings.
Frodo and Sam struggle towards Mordor with their heavy burden, whilst the forces of good and evil prepare for an epic battle. The third book in The Lord of the Rings.
Similar WorksIf you like J. R. R. Tolkien's work, you might also enjoy the following:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey by Peter Jackson
Bilbo Baggins leaves his comfy home to go on an adventure, little realising how much it will change him. But storm clouds are gathering over Middle Earth as he joins the quest to retake the dwarf homeland. The first in a trilogy.
The Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers (extended edition) by Peter Jackson
The epic fantasy is now 42 minutes longer, but is it worth buying for that?