This is a list of every first printing on paper that contains writing or art by JRR Tolkien.  Printed adaptations of Tolkien’s work that preserve the general narrative of his fictional writing are included. To be considered a unique, distinct publication there must be previously unpublished work or a new title/work permutation. Short quotes and excerpts from Tolkien’s writing are generally not considered a “work” unless they are being printed for the first time.

  • 1985 – Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural – Riddles in the Dark – Marvin Kaye and Saralee Kaye – Doubleday

    1985 - Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural - Riddles in the Dark -  Marvin Kaye and Saralee Kaye - Doubleday
    Author Edited by Marvin Kaye and Saralee Kaye Publisher Doubleday Released 1985 (1st ed.) Format Hardcover Pages 623 ISBN 978-0385185493 Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New is an anthology of fantasy and horror short stories and poems. The collection includes a reprint of J.R.R. Tolkien’s entire chapter Riddles in the Dark, as ...
  • 1985 – The Lays of Beleriand (History of Middle-Earth) – First Printing – Hardcover – Houghton Mifflin

    1985 - The Lays of Beleriand (History of Middle-Earth) - First Printing - Hardcover - Houghton Mifflin
    Series: History of Middle-Earth (Book 3) Hardcover: 393 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; First U.S. Edition edition (November 20, 1985) Language: English ISBN-10: 0395394295 ISBN-13: 978-0395394298 Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds This is the third volume of the History of Middle-earth, which comprises here-tofore unpublished manuscripts that were written over a period of many years before Tolkien’s ...
  • 1986 – Beyond Bree – Attacks of Taste

    1986 - Beyond Bree - Attacks of Taste
    Beyond Bree December 1986 is an issue of Beyond Bree, edited by Nancy Martsch. The article “Attacks of Taste” by Wayne G. Hammond reprints J.R.R. Tolkien’s statement from Attacks of Taste concerning his reading habits as a teenager. See page 6 Information Source Tolkien Collectors Guide at http://www.tolkienguide.com Tolkien Gateway at tolkiengateway.net
  • 1986 – Beyond Bree – Notes on the Differences in Editions of The Hobbit Cited by Mr. David Cofield

    1986 - Beyond Bree - Notes on the Differences in Editions of The Hobbit Cited by Mr. David Cofield
    Beyond Bree July 1986 is an issue of Beyond Bree, edited by Nancy Martsch. Includes an article/letter (“Notes on the Differences in Editions of The Hobbit Cited by Mr. David Cofield” by Christopher Tolkien, pp. 1-3) that reproduces two pages from one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s annotated copies of The Hobbit Information Source Tolkien Collectors Guide at http://www.tolkienguide.com Tolkien Gateway at tolkiengateway.net
  • 1986 – The Shaping of Middle-earth: The Quenta, the Ambarkanta, and the Annals (History of Middle-Earth) – First Printing – Hardcover – Houghton Mifflin

    1986 - The Shaping of Middle-earth: The Quenta, the Ambarkanta, and the Annals (History of Middle-Earth) - First Printing - Hardcover - Houghton Mifflin
    Series: History of Middle-Earth (Book 4) Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (November 14, 1986) Language: English ISBN-10: 0395425018 ISBN-13: 978-0395425015 Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds This is the fourth volume of The History of Middle-earth, edited by Christopher Tolkien, the first two comprising The Book of Lost Tales Parts One and ...
  • 1987 – J.R.R.Tolkien: The Hobbit Drawings, Watercolors, and Manuscripts. Marquette University

    1987 - J.R.R.Tolkien: The Hobbit Drawings, Watercolors, and Manuscripts. Marquette University
    Hammond Page Ref.: p.375.Notes The catalogue reproduces a variety of illustrations for The Hobbit – both finished pieces and sketches. Less well known items in the catalogue include: 1) A letter to G.E. Selby dated 14 December 1937 regarding The Hobbit. See p.4. 2) The original draft artwork of the dustwrapper design for The Hobbit. See pp.8-9. 3) A ...
  • 1987 – The Lost Road and Other Writings (History of Middle-Earth) – First Printing – Hardcover – Houghton Mifflin

    1987 - The Lost Road and Other Writings (History of Middle-Earth) - First Printing - Hardcover - Houghton Mifflin
    Title:The Lost Road: Volume 5 (History of Middle-Earth) ISBN-10:0395455197 ISBN-13:9780395455197 Author:J.R.R. Tolkien Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publish date:30-Nov-1987 Subject: No. of pages:464 Format:Hardcover The fifth volume of the History of Middle-earth, containing the early myths and legends which led to the writing of Tolkien’s epic tale of war, The Silmarillion. At the end of 1937, J R R Tolkien reluctantly set aside his work on ...
  • 1988 – Mythlore 56 (Vol.15, No.2) – Narqelion – Booklet

    1988 - Mythlore 56 (Vol.15, No.2) - Narqelion - Booklet
    Mythlore 56 is an issue of the Mythlore journal, featuring cover illustration by Patrick Wynne. The article “Narqelion: A Single, Falling Leaf at Sun-fading” by Paul Nolan Hyde (reprinted in Vinyar Tengwar 6) includes the full text of J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem ‘Narqelion’ (4 lines were reproduced in Humphrey Carpenter’s J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography in 1977). The ...
  • 1988 – The Annotated Hobbit – Hard Cover – Houghton Mifflin

    1988 - The Annotated Hobbit - Hard Cover - Houghton Mifflin
    Hardcover: 335 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 1st edition (1988) Language: English ISBN-10: 0395476909 ISBN-13: 978-0395476901 Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 1.2 inches Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” With those hastily scribbled words, J.R.R. Tolkien embarked on a journey that millions of us are pursuing still. Originally published in 1937, this classic ...
  • 1988 – The Return of the Shadow: The History of the Lord of the Rings (History of Middle-Earth) – First Printing – Hardcover – Houghton Mifflin

    1988 - The Return of the Shadow: The History of the Lord of the Rings (History of Middle-Earth) - First Printing - Hardcover - Houghton Mifflin
    Series: History of Middle-Earth (Book 6) Hardcover: 512 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (1988) Language: English ISBN-10: 0395498635 ISBN-13: 978-0395498637 Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds In this sixth volume of The History of Middle-earth the story reaches The Lord of the Rings. In The Return of the Shadow (an abandoned title for the ...
  • 1989 – Beyond Bree – The Plotz Declension

    1989 - Beyond Bree - The Plotz Declension
    Beyond Bree March 1989 is an issue of Beyond Bree, edited by Nancy Martsch. The issue includes Nancy Martsch’s article ‘The Dick Plotz Letter: Declension of the Quenya Noun’, which reproduces the manuscript page “The Plotz Declension” by J.R.R. Tolkien Information Source Tolkien Collectors Guide at http://www.tolkienguide.com Tolkien Gateway at tolkiengateway.net
  • 1989 – Mythlore 60 (Vol.16, No.2.) – Narqelion – Booklet

    1989 - Mythlore 60 (Vol.16, No.2.) - Narqelion - Booklet
    Mythlore 60 is an issue of the Mythlore journal, featuring cover illustration by Nancy-Lou Patterson. The article ‘Among the Trees: Seeking the Spirit of Narqelion’ by Paul Nolan Hyde includes the text of J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem ‘Narqelion’ and an English translation, along with several early Tolkien poems. A summary of the article by Jorge Quiñónez, including ...
  • 1989 – Oliphaunt – Hardcover Board Book- Contemporary Books

    1989 - Oliphaunt - Hardcover Board Book- Contemporary Books
    Age Range: 3 and up Series: Beastly Verse Hardcover: 14 pages Publisher: Contemporary Books (August 1989) Language: English ISBN-10: 0809243539 ISBN-13: 978-0809243532 Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces Oliphaunt is an illustrated children’s book which reprints J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem “Oliphaunt” from The Lord of the Rings and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. The illustrations were made by Hank ...
  • 1989 – The Treason of Isengard: The History of the Lord of the Rings Part 2 (History of Middle-Earth) – First Printing – Hardcover – Houghton Mifflin

    1989 - The Treason of Isengard: The History of the Lord of the Rings Part 2 (History of Middle-Earth) - First Printing - Hardcover - Houghton Mifflin
    Series: History of Middle-Earth (Book 7) Hardcover: 512 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Printing edition (November 30, 1989) Language: English ISBN-10: 0395515629 ISBN-13: 978-0395515624 Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.5 x 8.7 inches Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds The Treason of Isengard is the seventh volume in Christopher Tolkien’s History of Middle-earth and the second in his account of the evolution of The Lord ...
  • 1989 – Tree and Leaf – Including the Poem Mythopoeia – Houghton Mifflin

    1989 - Tree and Leaf - Including the Poem Mythopoeia - Houghton Mifflin
    Hardcover: 101 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T) (July 1989) Language: English ISBN-10: 0395502322 ISBN-13: 978-0395502327 Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.5 x 7 inches Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces Tolkien’s classic essay on fantasy, “On Fairy Stories”, is complemented by his charming story, “Leaf by Niggle” and the poem “Mythopoeia”.
  • 1989 – Vinyar Tengwar 6 – Narqelion

    1989 - Vinyar Tengwar 6 - Narqelion
    “Glossaries from the ‘Etymologies’: Part II” — Ronald Kyrmse. “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Runes” — Jane Sibley. “Essitalmar: Context, Context, Context …” (column) — edited by Tom Loback. “Nirnaeth Galadriel” trans. by Craig Marnock. “Narqelion” — J.R.R. Tolkien. “A Brief Note on the Background of the Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Dick Plotz Concerning the Declension of the High-elvish Noun” — Jorge ...
  • 1989 – Vinyar Tengwar 8 – Full Chart of the Tengwar

    1989 - Vinyar Tengwar 8 - Full Chart of the Tengwar
    Vinyar Tengwar 8 is the eigth issue of Vinyar Tengwar, a journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, devoted to the scholarly study of the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien. “Full Chart of the Tengwar ” — Edouard Kloczko. The above article is previously unpublished primary material from the Tolkien archives. “Views on Elvish” — Edouard Kloczko. “Essitalmar: Place-names of ...
  • 1990 – The War of the Ring (History of Middle-Earth) – First Printing – Hardcover – Houghton Mifflin

    1990 - The War of the Ring (History of Middle-Earth) - First Printing - Hardcover - Houghton Mifflin
    Series: War of the Ring (Book 3) Hardcover: 496 pages Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 1st edition (November 14, 1990) Language: English ISBN-10: 039556008X ISBN-13: 978-0395560082 Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds In The War of the Ring Christopher Tolkien takes up the story of the writing of The Lord of the Rings with the Battle of Helm’s ...
  • 1990 – Vinyar Tengwar 12 – Nole i Meneldilo: Lore of the Astronomer

    1990 - Vinyar Tengwar 12 - Nole i Meneldilo: Lore of the Astronomer
    Vinyar Tengwar 12 is the twelfth issue of Vinyar Tengwar, a journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, devoted to the scholarly study of the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien. “Nólë i Meneldilo: Lore of the Astronomer” — Jorge Quiñónez and Ned Raggett. The above article is previously unpublished primary material from the Tolkien archives. (Includes an extract ...
  • 1990 – Vinyar Tengwar 14 – The Elves at Koivienéni: A New Quenya Sentence

    1990 - Vinyar Tengwar 14 - The Elves at Koivienéni: A New Quenya Sentence
    Vinyar Tengwar 14 is the fourteenth issue of Vinyar Tengwar, a journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, devoted to the scholarly study of the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien. “The War of the Ring: A Linguistic Review” — Carl F. Hostetter. “The Elves at Koivienéni: A New Quenya Sentence” — analyzed by Christopher Gilson and Patrick H. ...
  • 1991 – Beyond Bree – Tolkien Letter, Lot 360 Description – Booklet -Edited by Nancy Martsch – Mensa Tolkien Special Interest Group

    1991 - Beyond Bree -  Tolkien Letter, Lot 360 Description - Booklet -Edited by Nancy Martsch - Mensa Tolkien Special Interest Group
    Hammond Page Ref.: p.367.Notes This issue reprints part of the description for lot 360 and the page from a letter first printed in English Literature and History: Lot 360 – A letter to Miss Turnbull dated 11 March 1949, discussing amongst other things, the forthcoming publication of Farmer Giles of Ham and the typing of The Lord ...
  • 1991 – Catalogue 37: Books from a Private Library (with Additions) – Letter Excerpts – David J. Holmes Autographs

    1991 - Catalogue 37: Books from a Private Library (with Additions) - Letter Excerpts - David J. Holmes Autographs
    Hammond Page Ref.: p.367.Notes The description for item 161 includes extracts from two letters to H.F.B. Brett-Smith dated 22 July and 8 August 1925 discussing academia at Leeds University and Tolkien’s poetry. These letters are not included in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981). Information Source http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=70180
  • 1991 – Interpretations of Beowulf: A Critical Anthology – Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics – Trade Paperback – R.D. Fulk (Editor) – Indiana University Press

    1991 - Interpretations of Beowulf: A Critical Anthology - Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics - Trade Paperback - R.D. Fulk (Editor) - 	Indiana University Press
    Interpretations of Beowulf brings together over six decades of literary scholarship.Illustrating a variety of interpretative schools, the essays not only deal with most of the majorissues of Beowulf criticism, including structure, style, genre, and theme, but also offer the sortof explanations of particular passages that are invaluable to a careful reading of a poem. Thisup-to-date ...
  • 1991 – Mythlore 65 (Vol.17, No.3) – The Elves at Koivienéni: A New Quenya Sentence

    1991 - Mythlore 65 (Vol.17, No.3) - The Elves at Koivienéni: A New Quenya Sentence
    Mythlore 65 is an issue of the Mythlore journal, featuring cover illustration by Patrick Wynne. The issue reprints an article by Christopher Gilson and Patrick Wynne from Vinyar Tengwar 14: ‘The Elves at Koivienéni: A New Quenya Sentence’. This includes a previously unpublished Quenya sentence found in a manuscript at Marquette University Information Source Tolkien Collectors Guide at http://www.tolkienguide.com Tolkien ...
  • 1991 – Vinyar Tengwar 21 – Si man i-yulmar n(g)win enquatuva

    1991 - Vinyar Tengwar 21 - Si man i-yulmar n(g)win enquatuva
    Vinyar Tengwar 21 is the twenty-first issue of Vinyar Tengwar, a journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, devoted to the scholarly study of the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien. “‘Si man i-yulmar n(g)win enquatuva’: A Newly-Discovered Tengwar Inscription” — analysis by Carl F. Hostetter. (Contains unpublished tolkien work from the archives) “Quettarë Kalyaina Eldalamberon: Illuminated Quenya Word-list” ...
  • 1991 – Vinyar Tengwar 24 – Sauron Defeated: A Linguistic Review

    1991 - Vinyar Tengwar 24 - Sauron Defeated: A Linguistic Review
    Vinyar Tengwar 24 is the twenty-fourth issue of Vinyar Tengwar, a journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, devoted to the scholarly study of the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien. “Sauron Defeated: A Linguistic Review” — Carl F. Hostetter. The above article is previously unpublished primary material from the Tolkien archives. “‘Verbs, Syntax! Hooray!’: A Preliminary Assessment of Adunaic ...
  • 1991 – Word and Story in C. S. Lewis – Hardcover – Letter Excerpts – Peter J. Schakel and Charles A. Huttar – University of Missouri Press

    1991 - Word and Story in C. S. Lewis - Hardcover - Letter Excerpts - Peter J. Schakel and Charles A. Huttar - University of Missouri Press
    Hammond Page Ref.: p.367.Notes C.S. Lewis’s Ransom Stories and Their Eighteenth-Centiury Ancestry, a essay by Jared Lobdell, includes a quotation from a letter to Lobdell dated December 1963 discussing C.S. Lewis and his qualities as a reader. See pp.213-231, but especially p.230. The letter is not included in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981). Hardcover: 316 pages Publisher: University ...
  • 1992 – Beyond Bree – Basic Quenya – The Plotz Declension

    1992 - Beyond Bree - Basic Quenya - The Plotz Declension
    Basic Quenya is a collection of the ‘Quenya Language Lessons’ first published in Beyond Bree 1988-90. Includes ‘Appendix A – The Dick Plotz Letter’ – this reproduces the manuscript “The Plotz Declension” by J.R.R. Tolkien and also includes an additional note 2nd (Revised) Edition issued in 1993. 1st Impression – March 1993 2nd Impression – October 1993 3rd Impression ...
  • 1992 – Mythlore 69 (Vol.18, No.3) – facsimile of a manuscript by J.R.R. Tolkien – Booklet

    1992 - Mythlore 69 (Vol.18, No.3) - facsimile of a manuscript by J.R.R. Tolkien - Booklet
    Mythlore 69 is an issue of the Mythlore journal. The article “Gondolinic Runes” by Paul Nolan Hyde includes a facsimile of a manuscript by J.R.R. Tolkien followed by a lengthy analysis (a response to the article was published in Mythlore 70, by Carl F. Hostetter) Information Source Tolkien Collectors Guide at http://www.tolkienguide.com Tolkien Gateway at tolkiengateway.net  
  • 1992 – Mythlore. Vol.21, No.2. Whole No.80 – Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference, Keble College, Oxford, 1992 – Paperback

    1992 - Mythlore. Vol.21, No.2. Whole No.80 - Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference, Keble College, Oxford, 1992 - Paperback
    ISSN 0146-9339. ISBN 1887726047 Dragon cover design by Marian Haas. New or uncommon material includes: At the Wordface: Tolkien’s Work on the OED by Peter M. Gulliver reproduces a number of Tolkien’s manuscript notes in facsimile, quoting from them and others. The Growth of Grammar in the Elven Tongues by Christopher Gilson and Patrick Wynne includes the chart of ...