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'''Legendarium''' is the term [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] used for his written works about the mythology of [[]].  
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The '''legendarium''' is the entirety of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s works concerning his imagined world of [[Arda]].
  
==Writings of the legendarium==
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Tolkien himself used the term,<ref>{{L|131}}.</ref><ref>{{L|153}}.</ref><ref>{{L|154}}.</ref><ref>{{L|163}}.</ref> and also referred to his "'''mythology'''" in the same sense.<ref>{{L|19}}</ref><ref>{{L|180}}</ref><ref>{{L|229}}</ref><ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 135</ref><ref>{{PE|16}}, pp. 88, 92</ref>
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The term of legendarium is not the same as "[[canon]]". The legendarium includes all Tolkien's corpus in its entirety, even mutually contradicting versions, both earlier and later stages of its conception.
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==Published works by Tolkien on his legendarium==
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===Writings of the legendarium===
  
 
Here follows a list of all published texts by Tolkien relating to [[Arda]]. For a discussion of the "canonical" status of the texts, consult the page ''[[Canon]]''.
 
Here follows a list of all published texts by Tolkien relating to [[Arda]]. For a discussion of the "canonical" status of the texts, consult the page ''[[Canon]]''.
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**''[[Bilbo's Last Song]]''
 
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**''[[The Silmarillion]]''
 
**''[[The Silmarillion]]''
**''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'' (many of the letters discusses issues of the legendarium)
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**''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'' (many of the letters discuss issues of the legendarium)
 
**''[[The Monsters and the Critics|The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays]]'' (see [[The Monsters and the Critics#Relation to the Legendarium|here]])
 
**''[[The Monsters and the Critics|The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays]]'' (see [[The Monsters and the Critics#Relation to the Legendarium|here]])
 
**''[[Unfinished Tales]]''
 
**''[[Unfinished Tales]]''
 
**''[[The History of Middle-earth]]''
 
**''[[The History of Middle-earth]]''
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**''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator]]'' (includes fragments of unpublished writings)
  
 
*Journals and other media
 
*Journals and other media
**[[Vinyar Tengwar]] (various issues)
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**''[[Vinyar Tengwar]]'' (various issues)
**[[Parma Eldalamberon]] (various issues)
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**''[[Parma Eldalamberon]]'' (various issues)
  
==Legendarium: the concept==
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===Pictures of the legendarium===
  
The term 'legendarium' can be found in several places in ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'':
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*''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator]]''
  
[[Letter 131]]: "This legendarium ends with a vision of the end of the world..."
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===Other sources===
 
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More of Tolkien's vision of his legendarium can be found in [[:CATEGORY:Interviews with J.R.R. Tolkien|interviews conducted with him]]. Hints of lesser value (i.e., hard to verify the authenticity), may also be found in [[Index:Reminiscences of J.R.R. Tolkien|reminiscences]].
[[Letter 153]]: "...my legendarium, especially the '[[Downfall of Númenor]]' which lies immediately behind ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', is based on my view..."
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[[Letter 154]]: "Actually in the imagination of this story we are now living on a physically round Earth. But the whole 'legendarium' contains a transition from a flat world..."
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[[Letter 163]]: "But the beginning of the legendarium, of which the [[The Lord of the Rings|Trilogy]] is part (the conclusion), was an attempt to reorganise some of the [[Kalevala]] ...."
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==External links==
 
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"Hail Earendel | brightest of angels
over middle-earth | sent unto men
"
― Cynewulf, Crist

The legendarium is the entirety of J.R.R. Tolkien's works concerning his imagined world of Arda.

Tolkien himself used the term,[1][2][3][4] and also referred to his "mythology" in the same sense.[5][6][7][8][9]

The term of legendarium is not the same as "canon". The legendarium includes all Tolkien's corpus in its entirety, even mutually contradicting versions, both earlier and later stages of its conception.

Contents

Published works by Tolkien on his legendarium

Writings of the legendarium

Here follows a list of all published texts by Tolkien relating to Arda. For a discussion of the "canonical" status of the texts, consult the page Canon.

Pictures of the legendarium

Other sources

More of Tolkien's vision of his legendarium can be found in interviews conducted with him. Hints of lesser value (i.e., hard to verify the authenticity), may also be found in reminiscences.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 131, (undated, written late 1951).
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 153, (dated September 1954).
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 154, (dated 25 September 1954).
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 163, (dated 7 June 1955).
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 19, (dated 16 December 1937)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 180, (dated 14 January 1956)
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 229, (dated 23 February 1961)
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 135
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Elvish Poetry and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets", in Parma Eldalamberon XVI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, Carl F. Hostetter and Bill Welden), pp. 88, 92

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