Where to Go for all Things Tolkien
With the release of the final installment of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, interest in J.R.R. Tolkien may be greater than ever as millions of people have been introduced to the Christian author. A Google search for J.R.R. Tolkien turns up 714,000 sites on the Oxford professor. To help you digest the media overload, we've complied the best Tolkien information on the web.
The Tolkien Society—The Tolkien Society aims to encourage and further interest in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Their web site includes information about Tolkien, his books, news related to Tolkien and the movie trilogy, resources for Tolkien research, society events.
J.R.R. Tolkien in Oxford—This site has an enormous amount of biographical information about J.R.R. Tolkien and his life at Oxford.
Marquette University Library Collections—Marquette University has Tolkien's original manuscripts of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and others.
The Encyclopedia of Arda—This site has hundreds of pages detailing absolutely everything you could ever want to know about Tolkien's writing: races, characters, languages, places, creatures, songs and poems, calendars, weapons, and more from Adanedhel to Zirakzigil.
Middle-Earth Tours—This site has paintings, drawings, and pictures of characters from The Lord of the Rings books and movies.
Cabed-en-Aras—Cabed-en-Aras is another site with everything about Tolkien you could imagine wanting.
The Grey Havens—Another site with tons of Tolkien information including chronologies, characters and creatures, songs and tales, and explanations of anything and everything.
The Lord of the Rings.net—The official movie site has tons of information about the movies, trailers, photos, news about the movies, and character information.
TheOneRing.net—The One Ring.net is a Lord of the Rings fan site. It has extensive information and speculation about the movies, chat and message boards, art and multimedia, and tons more.
There and Back Again—There and Back Again has information on Tolkien, the movies, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, art and wallpapers, characters, and book details.
National Geographic Beyond the Movie: Lord of the Rings—National Geographic has information about Tolkien, the movies, the northern European myths that inspired Tolkien's tale, and the European languages on which Tolkien based his Middle Earth languages.
C.S. Lewis and the Inklings resources website—Run by Dr. Bruce L. Edwards, professor of English, at Bowling Green State University, this site has tons of resources on the Inklings, the Christian literary club which Tolkien and Lewis were a part of.
The Mythopoeic Society—The society is a literary and educational organization for the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantasy and mythic literature, especially the works of Inklings members J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.
Tolkien story had roots in WWI trench | Tolkien survived the 1916 Battle of the Somme, where the British suffered 600,000 casualties in four months, but a bad louse got him soon thereafter, and he spent the remainder of the war convalescing. During this time he wrote "The Book of Lost Tales," published as "The Silmarillion" 60 years later, which describes the historical underpinnings of Middle Earth, the mythological setting for "The Hobbit" and its 600,000-word sequel, "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Alaska)