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Legendarium is the term J.R.R. Tolkien used for his written works about the mythology of .


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 is found in interviews conducted with him. Hints of lesser value (i.e., hard to verify the authenticity), may also be found in reminiscences.

Legendarium: the concept

The term 'legendarium' can be found in several places in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien:

Letter 131: "This legendarium ends with a vision of the end of the world..."

Letter 153: " legendarium, especially the 'Downfall of Númenor' which lies immediately behind The Lord of the Rings, is based on my view..."

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..."

Letter 163: "But the beginning of the legendarium, of which the Trilogy is part (the conclusion), was an attempt to reorganise some of the Kalevala ...."

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