A short list of documents (works in progress) on the fabulous works of J.R.R.
Tolkien (and his son, heir and literary executor Christopher Tolkien). As of
07 July 2019 there are only a couple essays and commentary on the histories:
of The Lord of the Rings and of Middle-earth more generally; as of 23
December 2019 there also is a page on languages with words/names, their
meanings and origins. I might in time add the history of The Hobbit. It
could possibly be organised and labelled better but that's to be seen. Most
of the documents will never be 'complete' and there are varying degrees of
thoroughness (and redundancy).
Added an obit for Christopher Tolkien, who has left for the
Halls of Mandos but who will for ever be here in spirit
19 Jan 2020
Added emphases in the essay refuting the claim that Tolkien was
Add comment on hobbit invention in History of Middle-earth
document (this was supposed to be included with my document on
languages update so it's backdated then).
23 Dec 2019
Added links page.
Added document on languages: words, names, their meanings and
08 Dec 2019
Link and hypertext fixes.
Remove some redundancy (and extraneous details).
Add the original story where Frodo encounters Treebeard (very
different in every way from the final).
Cleaned up a number of sections and made last updated/new dates
consistent in the menu with the sections themselves.
25 Oct 2019
Many improvements and additional content in the history of The
Lord of the Rings document.
09 Jul 2019
Added spoiler warning to main page; strike through the link to
The Silmarillion commentary as it's long since defunct.
07 Jul 2019
Dedicated domain for the Tolkien documents with a slight update
to the summary above. The name 'tolkienlegendarium.net' refers to
the Legendarium which is a word that Tolkien coined for his
mythologies. And that probably should be in a FAQ or some such but
for now that will do.
05 Jul 2019
Fix a reference to 'Stone Giant' to be 'Stone Troll' in the
etymology of the Ents in The Lord of the Rings history
document. Also updated a few other sections to make them a bit
easier to follow and to link to other parts of the history.
11 Jun 2019
Add two sections to the history of The Lord of the Rings
document: pranks that Bingo plays on Farmer Maggot and the
alternative Ring verses.
03 May 2019
Fix link to History of Middle-earth document (and the name of
the link too).
Formatting fixes here and there (some CSS changes to make at
least parts responsive).
Add a bit to the definition of Balrog in the History of
21 Apr 2019
Added new document: commentary on the History of Middle-earth
(more general than the document on the History of The Lord of the
Rings); this has various new things including notes on the invention
of Hobbits, Balrogs, the plural of Dwarf, Glorfindel in the First
Age and Third Age and maybe some other things.
Updated the History of The L.R. document: referencing the new
document as well as a few other things (related but also the
explanation of the similar name in The Chronicles of Narnia to The
Lord of the Rings: the Troll area; it was plagiarism on Lewis'
17 Aug 2018
Removed erroneous statement about Thorin having a Ring of Power
in The Hobbit, in the history of The Lord of the Rings document
(it's related to how the Rings of Power affected the Dwarves).
12 Jun 2018
Clarify and fix a few things in the History of The Lord of the
Rings document (which is new in that it's what used to be The
History of Middle-earth document).
26 Mar 2018
I've published the additions: about the steed of the Nazgûl
and the colours (and names) of the two unnamed wizards.
Updated the History of Middle-earth document: specifically
made it easier to skip to the main content and added a prelude
(or something along those lines) of what I have next (though
uncertain when I'll publish it).
29 Dec 2017
Updated the History of Middle-earth document.
21 Dec 2017
Update essay on Tolkien and racism.
20 Sep 2017
Add essay debunking the claim that Tolkien was racist to
essays table of contents.
04 Jul 2017
Add essays to table of contents (currently only one about
28 Jun 2017
The Silmarillion document is for the long foreseen future
not being worked on (and has not been worked on for well over a
Updated The History of Middle-earth [HoMe] document.