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The Lord of the Rings was initially intended by Tolkien to be one volume of a two-volume set, with the other being The Silmarillion, but this idea was dismissed by his publisher. It was decided for economic reasons to publish The Lord of the Rings as three volumes over the course of a year from 21 July 1954 to October 1955, thus creating the now familiar Lord of the Rings trilogy. The three volumes were entitled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Structurally, the novel is divided internally into six books, two per volume, with several appendices of background material included at the end of the third volume. The Lord of the Rings has since been reprinted numerous times and translated into many languages.
Works by Tolkien in chronological order Edit
The Lord of the Rings
- The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Two Towers
- The Return of the King
The Adeventures of Tom Bombadil
The History of Middle Earth Series
- The Book of Lost Tales, Part 1
- The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2
- The Lays of Beleriand
- The Shaping of Middle-Earth: The Quenta, The Ambarkanta and the Annals
- The Lost Road and Other Writings
- The Return of the Shadow: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part One
- The Treason of Isengard: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Two
- The War of the Ring: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Three
- Sauron Defeated: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Four
- Morgoth's Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part One : The Legends of Aman
- The War of the Jewels: The Later Silmarillion : Part Two : The Legends of Beleriand
- The Peoples of Middle-Earth