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What Did J.R.R. Tolkien Read?

Can’t get enough of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit? If you’ve exhausted your Tolkien collection, don’t despair. The Book Lady’s blog has put together a great list of books that influenced J.R.R. Tolkien.

The list includes classics like Beowulf, A Voyage to Arcturus and Lord Dunsany’s The Book of Wonder. What are your favorite books on the list?

Here is more from the blog: “Lord Dunsany was a prolific fantasy short story writer (primarily) who wrote around the turn of the 20th Century. Tolkien mentions Dunsany’s works many times in his collected letters. In one letter he talks about Dunsany’s fantasy character-naming abilities and later in life Tolkien writes fondly about Dunsany’s ‘Chu-Bu and Sheemish’ story. Tolkien also once presented a scholar, Clyde S. Kilby with a copy of The Book of Wonder to help prepare him for his role working on Tolkien’s The Silmarillion (The Lord of the Rings ‘back story’ or ‘Legendarium’ Tolkien wrote over the course of his whole life).”

 

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