This paper seeks to recommend a basic core collection of works by and about J.R.R. Tolkien for libraries by grade level.
The author draws on her experience as a Tolkien scholar and editor of one of the major journals in the field.
A basic collection should include some works beyond the well‐known Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
The paper provides an ideal list for the library seeking to prepare for interest generated by the new Hobbit movie currently in production.
While there are other bibliographies on Tolkien available, particularly on fan and society web sites, this one is arranged by grade level and includes audio‐visual materials and recent scholarly and reference works, and is designed for library rather than personal use.
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