The Tolkien Road

A podcast about Middle-earth and all things Tolkien.

Books About Middle-earth

Behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit lies a vast history waiting to be explored.

Through these rich and insightful volumes from long-time Tolkien podcaster John Carswell, you’ll grasp the timeless truths and mysteries that lay hidden in the depths of the Middle-earth legendarium.

Tolkien's Requiem

Concerning Beren and Lúthien

An introduction to The Silmarillion through the pivotal legend of Beren and Lúthien – the thrilling romance that gave us Aragorn and Arwen, and a story so important to Tolkien that it was his first word on Middle-earth, and his last word on his own marriage and earthly existence.

Tolkien's Overture

Concerning The Music Of The Ainur

Is Middle-earth made of music? It seems Tolkien thought so. In this in-depth exploration of “Ainulindalë”, the Middle-earth creation story, you’ll understand the foundational role that music plays across the stories of the legendarium, from Tinúviel to Tom Bombadil.


Get The Tolkien Road

It will help you…

  • Grasp the book’s complex structure.
  • Become familiar with key plot points.
  • Visualize the changing world with simple maps.
  • Deepen your appreciation of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.