Fantasy The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books  

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List of the best J. R. R. Tolkien books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. Tolkien is known for his Lord of the Rings trilogy, which, along with its prequel The Hobbit, has been made into a wildly successful Hollywood film franchise. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of J. R. R. Tolkien who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion are included on this list along with many more. What are J. R. R. Tolkien's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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55 9
The Two Towers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

2
64 15
The Fellowship of the Ring is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

3
67 17
The Return of the King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

4
70 19
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

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67 18
The Silmarillion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

6
31 10
The Children of Húrin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

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21 5
The History of Middle-earth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

8
10 6
Farmer Giles of Ham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

9
6 4
Leaf by Niggle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

10
6 4
The Tolkien Reader is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

11
9 8
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrú... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

12
4 4
The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books

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3 5
Finn and Hengest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best J. R. R. Tolkien Books
J. R. R. Tolkien