Studying Tolkien
"Hringboga Heorte Gefysed" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Used with permission.
“Hringboga Heorte Gefysed” by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Used with permission.

We think Tolkien is a great author, and you can learn a lot about the craft of writing, the English language (and maths and science and citizenship and lots more) by reading his works. If you have chosen to work on Tolkien for a paper, project or thesis, we are delighted!

What should I read?

We have put together two lists – books by Tolkien and books about Tolkien. Have a look at these to get an idea of the kind of material available.

In most parts of the world you can get these books at any public or university library. In the case of harder to find books or articles, the interlibrary loan system is your friend.

Help! I need an idea for an essay on Tolkien!

Don’t worry, we’ve come up with some ideas for students at all levels of education. Have a look at the appropriate document below:

Student Resources

Below you’ll find a series of study packs and essays which you may find useful in your studies. Indeed, if you’ve written an essay on Tolkien and are proud of it, we’d be happy to consider publishing it in one of our publications or on this page.

Study Packs


Is it possible to take courses on Tolkien?

Yes! As a first port of call, you should look at what’s currently available at:

  • the Mythgard Institute, where classes can either be taken for fun as an auditor or as credit towards a degree,

All members of the Tolkien Society are entitled to a 15% discount on all courses offered by the Mythgard Institute, an organisation which offers online university-level classes taught by world-class teachers and leading scholars. So, if you’re not already a member, join us today!