The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide

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The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide
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AuthorChristina Scull, Wayne G. Hammond
PublisherHarperCollins (UK)
Houghton Mifflin (US)
Released11 November 2006 (UK)
6 October 2006 (US)
FormatHardcover boxed set
Pagesvol.1: 1020
vol.2: 1280

The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide is a comprehensive in-depth study and referential guide to the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. It was first published in 2006, compiled by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond.

The book won the 2007 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies.


First Edition

The first edition was released in 2006, it is composed of two volumes:

  1. Chronology
  2. Reader’s Guide

The bulk of volume 1, Chronology, consists of a chronological account of Tolkien's life. It includes a large number of quotations from letters written by Tolkien together with extracts from some of his diaries, papers in various archives and libraries, and from other unpublished or hard to find sources. Also included are some useful listings of Tolkien's writings, art and poetry.[1]

Volume 2, Reader’s Guide, is a combined 'Who's Who', 'What's What', and 'Where's Where' of all things Tolkien. It includes a large number of quotations from letters written by Tolkien together with extracts from some of his diaries, papers in various archives and libraries, and from other unpublished or hard to find sources.[2]

Second Edition

A second edition, revised and expanded, was released in three volumes in 2017.[3]

  1. Chronology
  2. Reader’s Guide Part I
  3. Reader’s Guide Part II

From the publisher (second edition)[edit]

Stunning three-volume slipcased set containing the most comprehensive in-depth companion to Tolkien’s life and works ever published, including synopses of all his writings, and a Tolkien gazetteer, who’s who and chronology.

The three volumes contained in this slipcase, written by two of the foremost experts on J.R.R. Tolkien, comprise the definitive handbook to one of the most popular authors of the 20th century. Tolkien's progress is traced from his birth in South Africa in 1892, to the battlefields of France and the lecture-halls of Leeds and Oxford, to his success as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, until his death in 1973. His many academic and literary achievements, his public reception, and his enduring fame are examined in detail.

The first volume in this set is a Chronology of Tolkien's life and works, the most extensive biographical resource about him ever published. Thousands of details have been drawn from letters, contemporary documents in libraries and archives, and a wide variety of other published and unpublished sources. Assembled together, they form a portrait of Tolkien in all his aspects: the distinguished scholar of Old and Middle English, the capable teacher and administrator, the devoted husband and father, the brilliant creator of Middle-earth.

The second and third volumes, the Reader's Guide, is an indispensable introduction to Tolkien's life, writings, and art. It includes histories and discussions of his works; analyses of the components of his vast 'Silmarillion' mythology; brief biographies of persons important in his life; accounts of places he knew; essays on topics such as Tolkien's interests and attitudes towards contemporary issues, ideas found in his works, adaptations, and invented languages; and checklists of his published works, his poetry, his pictorial art, and translations of his writing.

Unique Tolkien writings[edit]

The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide includes many quotes from formerly unpublished or hard-to-find writings of Tolkien.

  • Chronology (2006), p. 625: quotes from two writings concerning an abandoned preface to 'The Golden Key'. (?Late November 1964-?mid-February 1965)

Publication history and gallery[edit]

First edition
First edition
Second edition
boxed set  
Second edition
Second edition
Second edition

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. (accessed 20 May 2022)
  2. (accessed 20 May 2022)
  3. Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, "Tolkien Companion and Guide 2nd Ed." dated 4 October 2016, Too Many Books and Never Enough (accessed 1 October 2020)
A J.R.R. Tolkien book guide
Books by Tolkien or based on his writings
Of Arda Authorized by
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit · The Lord of the Rings
(i.The Fellowship of the Ring · ii.The Two Towers · iii.The Return of the King) ·
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil · The Road Goes Ever On · Bilbo's Last Song
Edited by Christopher Tolkien The Silmarillion · Unfinished Tales · The History of Middle-earth series
(i.The Book of Lost Tales: Part One · ii.The Book of Lost Tales: Part Two · iii.The Lays of Beleriand ·
iv.The Shaping of Middle-earth · v.The Lost Road and Other Writings · vi.The Return of the Shadow ·
vii.The Treason of Isengard · viii.The War of the Ring · ix.Sauron Defeated · x.Morgoth's Ring ·
xi.The War of the Jewels · xii.The Peoples of Middle-earth · Index) ·
The Children of Húrin · Beren and Lúthien · The Fall of Gondolin
Edited by others The Annotated Hobbit · The History of The Hobbit · The Nature of Middle-earth · The Fall of Númenor
Not of Arda Short stories
and poems
Leaf by Niggle · Farmer Giles of Ham · Smith of Wootton Major ·
Letters from Father Christmas · Mr. Bliss · Roverandom ·
Tree and Leaf (compilation) · Tales from the Perilous Realm (compilation)
Fiction works The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún · The Fall of Arthur · The Story of Kullervo · The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
Translations and academic works Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo · Finn and Hengest ·
Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary · The Monsters and the Critics, and Other Essays ·
Tolkien On Fairy-stories · A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages · The Battle of Maldon
Other The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Books by other authors
Reference books The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
Scholarly books with Tolkien's writings J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography · The Inklings · The Road to Middle-earth ·
A Question of Time · Tolkien and the Great War ·
The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion · The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide
Scholarly journals with Tolkien's writings Tolkien Studies various issues
Other published works by Tolkien
Linguistic journals Vinyar Tengwar issue 1-50 · Parma Eldalamberon issue 11-22
Collections of artwork
and manuscripts
Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien · Tolkien: Life and Legend · J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator ·
The Art of The Hobbit · The Art of The Lord of the Rings · Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth ·
Tolkien: Treasures · J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript
This list only includes the major published works, for the full bibliography of Tolkien, see here or here