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Book Editions

The following tables show the full contents of the books of Tolkien's Middle-earth saga. These are the "sections" into which I have divided the books for chronological reading.

Sections which are not used in this reading order have no section letters; the corresponding cells in this table are blocked out. Some of these sections include material that isn't part of the story (like an analysis of the languages of Middle-earth), and others include short versions of stories that are given in more detail elsewhere.

The Old (6-book) Section column shows the section names for the old version of the reading order, created before The Children of Húrin was published. The Current (7-book) Section column shows the current section names. You may notice that several sections in The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales are used in the 6-book version but not the 7-book ordering; this is because these sections have been replaced with the corresponding portions of The Children of Húrin. The Expanded (13-book) Section column shows the section names for the expanded ordering; see the FAQ for information on this expanded ordering.

If you have an edition of one of these books that I haven't included, please email me!



The Silmarillion

The following editions are included in this table:

Edition "a"
Houghton Mifflin hardcover. The first edition (1977), the second edition (2001), and certain trade paperbacks have the same pagination, as does the first illustrated edition. The Allen & Unwin hardcover is the same as well.
Edition "b"
Ballantine paperback (1979).
Edition "d"
Del Rey "second edition" paperback (2001 and 2002).
Edition "f"
Hardcover illustrated by Ted Naismith, and published by HarperCollinsPublishers (1998, UK) and Houghton Mifflin (2004, USA).
Edition "h"
HarperCollins paperback (1999).
Edition "j"
Unwin paperback (1979), and also Grafton paperback (1992). (I am missing a few entries for this edition. If you have a copy and would like to help, send me an email!)
Edition "k"
HarperCollins hardcover (probably 2006).
Edition "AA"
Amazon Kindle electronic edition.

StoryChapterParagraphsPages
(a)
Pages
(b)
Pages
(d)
Pages
(f)
Pages
(h)
Pages
(j)
Pages
(k)
Locations
(AA)
Old
(6-book)
Section
Standard
(7-book)
Section
Expanded
(13-book)
Section
Ainulindale There was Eru . . . the innumerable stars.15 - 223 - 133 - 123 - 103 - 1215 - 243 - 10395 - AAAAAA
Valaquenta In the beginning . . . into the Void.25 - 3217 - 2615 - 2413 - 1915 - 2427 - 3513 - 19 -
Quenta Silmarillion1 - 5It is told . . . world was changed.35 - 6229 - 6627 - 6323 - 5427 - 6239 - 23 - 50 -
6Now the Three . . . not to all.63 - 6467 - 6964 - 6655 - 5663 - 65 - 51 - 52 - PE
6 - 9Now it came . . . of the Moon.64 - 9069 - 10266 - 9956 - 8265 - 98 - 52 - 77 - PF
10 - 17Now as has . . . Light of Valinor.91 - 149103 - 179100 - 17483 - 14499 - 173 - 78 - 134 - PG
18 - 20Now Fingolfin, King . . . their bodies lay.150 - 188180 - 229175 - 223145 - 188174 - 222 - 226135 - 171 - 3414PH
20In those days . . . come to him.188 - 196229 - 240223 - 234188 - 197222 - 233226 - 237171 - 1793415 - 3572ABABAB
Therefore Hurin was . . . its bitter end.196 - 197240 - 241234 - 234197 - 197233 - 233237 - 237179 - 179 -    
And even so . . . crumbled into rust.197 - 197241 - 241234 - 235197 - 197234 - 234237 - 237179 - 1803578 - 3584ACACAC
21Rian daughter of . . . it and died.198 - 198242 - 242236 - 236199 - 199235 - 235238 - 238181 - -    
Morwen daughter of . . . and she died.198 - 198242 - 242236 - 236199 - 199235 - 235238 - 238 - -
Now after the . . . I shall return.198 - 201242 - 246236 - 240199 - 203235 - 239238 - 242 - -
On the next . . . them no more.201 - 202246 - 248240 - 241203 - 204239 - 240242 - 243 - - AD
Now when Beleg . . . the shadows between.202 - 203248 - 249241 - 243204 - 206240 - 242243 - 245 - -  
In the time . . . work to do.203 - 205249 - 251243 - 246206 - 207242 - 244245 - 246 - - AE
Who knows now . . . ringed with spies.205 - 205251 - 252246 - 246207 - 208244 - 245246 - 247 - - AF
In the waning . . . and led away.206 - 206252 - 252246 - 246208 - 208245 - 245247 - 248 - - AG
And at length . . . before his face.206 - 210253 - 258246 - 251208 - 213245 - 251248 - 253 - - AH
Then the heart . . . not; nor will.210 - 211258 - 259252 - 252213 - 213251 - 251253 - 254 - - AI
Now when Turin . . . Sword of Nargothrond.211 - 211259 - 259252 - 253213 - 214251 - 252254 - 254 - - AJ
In that time . . . treated with honour.211 - 211260 - 260253 - 253214 - 214252 - 252254 - 255 - - AK
Now it came . . . as he wished.211 - 212260 - 260253 - 254214 - 215252 - 253255 - 255 - -  
Soon afterwards Handir . . . Well met!212 - 213260 - 262254 - 255215 - 217253 - 254255 - 257 - - AL
Then Turin sprang . . . turned never aside.213 - 215262 - 264255 - 257217 - 219255 - 256257 - 259 - - AM
At last worn . . . had taken her.215 - 226264 - 279257 - 271219 - 231256 - 271259 - 273 - 208 -  
22So ended the . . . of Cabed Naeramarth.227 - 229280 - 282272 - 274232 - 234272 - 274274 - 276209 - 2114126 - 4166ANAM
But Hurin did not look . . . did she find him?229 - 229282 - 283274 - 275234 - 234274 - 275276 - 277211 - 211 -  
But Hurin did not answer . . . still followed him.229 - 230283 - 284275 - 276234 - 236275 - 276277 - 211 - 2124174 - AN
Now Hurin crossed . . . by the sea.230 - 237284 - 293276 - 284236 - 242276 - 284 - 286212 - 218 - 4314PJ
23It has been . . . upon the plain.238 - 239294 - 296285 - 287243 - 245285 - 287287 - 289219 - 220 -    
23 - 24Thus it was . . . dooms of Mandos.240 - 255296 - 316287 - 306247 - 263287 - 306289 - 307220 - 2344352 - 4624AOAOAO
Akallabeth It is said . . . High Eldarin tongue.259 - 261319 - 321309 - 311267 - 269309 - 311311 - 237 - 2394627 - BABABA
This was the beginning . . . with its fragrance.261 - 263321 - 324311 - 314269 - 272311 - 314 - 316239 - 241 - 4705PL
Thus it was . . . their hearts returned.263 - 263324 - 325314 - 315272 - 272314 - 315316 - 316241 - 2414706 - 4716BBBBBB
Now this yearning . . . body and mind.263 - 266325 - 328315 - 318272 - 274315 - 318316 - 319241 - 2434716 - 4760BCBCBC
Then Tar-Ancalimon . . . legends of Men.266 - 267328 - 329318 - 319274 - 275318 - 319319 - 321243 - 2444761 - 4782BDBDBD
In this Age . . . to Ar-Zimraphel.267 - 270329 - 333319 - 323275 - 278319 - 323321 - 324244 - 2474782 - 4835BEBEBE
The mightiest and . . . of the west.270 - 276333 - 342323 - 331278 - 284323 - 331324 - 247 - 2544835 - BFBFBF
Now aforetime in . . . before they died.276 - 282342 - 349331 - 338284 - 291331 - 338 - 339254 - 259 - 5068PN
Rings of Power Of old there . . . Quenta Silmarillion.285 - 286353 - 355341 - 343295 - 296341 - 343343 - 344263 - 2645071 - 5097CACACA
Elsewhere in . . . to the One.286 - 288355 - 357343 - 345296 - 299343 - 345344 - 347264 - 2665098 - 5134CBCBCB
From that time . . . voices of death.288 - 289357 - 358345 - 346299 - 300345 - 346347 - 348266 - 2675134 - 5150CCCCCC
Now Sauron's . . . abode with fire.289 - 290358 - 359346 - 347300 - 300346 - 347348 - 349267 - 2675151 - 5162CDCDCD
Yet there came . . . the Black Land.290 - 295359 - 366347 - 354300 - 305347 - 354349 - 355267 - 2725162 - 5263CECECE
But Isildur was . . . world was young.295 - 296366 - 368354 - 355305 - 306354 - 355355 - 357273 - 2745263 - 5285CFCFCF
Yet at the last . . . war and destruction.296 - 297368 - 369355 - 356306 - 307355 - 356357 - 358274 - 2745285 - 5299CGCGCG
Still Minas Tirith . . . visible to Men.297 - 297369 - 369356 - 357307 - 307356 - 357358 - 358274 - 275 -    
In all the days . . . was their peril.297 - 299369 - 372357 - 359307 - 309357 - 359358 - 361275 - 2775308 - 5343CHCHCH
Even as the first . . . and their history.299 - 300372 - 373359 - 361309 - 310359 - 361361 - 362277 - 2785344 - 5363CICICI
Now the Shadow . . . upon the Enemy.300 - 302373 - 375361 - 362310 - 311361 - 362362 - 364278 - 2795363 - 5387CJCJCJ
But ever the . . . none save himself.302 - 302375 - 375362 - 363311 - 312362 - 363364 - 364279 - 2795387 - 5399CKCKCK
Orcs were mustering . . . of the Kings.302 - 304375 - 378363 - 365312 - 313363 - 365364 - 366279 - 281 -    
Now all these . . . and of song.304 - 304378 - 378365 - 366313 - 315365 - 366366 - 367281 - 2815430 - 5443CLCLCL




Unfinished Tales

The following editions are included in this table:

Edition "a"
Houghton Mifflin hardcover (1980). The trade paperback has the same pagination. Perhaps some Allen & Unwin hardcovers have the same pagination too.
Edition "d"
Del Rey paperback (2001).
Edition "e"
Allen & Unwin hardcover (1980). Do all Allen & Unwin hardcovers have this pagination, or do some match "a"?
Edition "h"
HarperCollins paperback (1998).
Edition "AA"
Amazon Kindle electronic edition.

StoryChapterParagraphsPages
(a)
Pages
(d)
Pages
(e)
Pages
(h)
Locations
(AA)
Old
(6-book)
Section
Standard
(7-book)
Section
Expanded
(13-book)
Section
Of TuorStoryRian wife of . . . that it brings.17 - 2519 - 273 - 1123 - 33332 - 486DADADA
Tuor tarried many . . . Tuor, draw together.25 - 3827 - 4011 - 2433 - 50487 - 741DXDXDX
When the Blacksword . . . from Ulmo himself.38 - 5140 - 5424 - 3850 - 67742 - 1005DBDBDB
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]51 - 5654 - 6038 - 67 - -    
Narn I Hin HurinStoryHador Goldenhead was . . . saw him again.57 - 5861 - 6245 - 75 - - EA
In the years . . . house no more.58 - 6562 - 70 - - 86 -
Many songs are . . . hidden from you.65 - 6870 - 72 - 86 - 89 - EB
To Brethil three . . . now here in love.68 - 7472 - 79 - 89 - 97 - EC
Thus began the sojourn . . . sorrow of his heart.74 - 7679 - 8163 - 6597 - 991478 - 1511DCDC
In the years of his . . . passed from her.76 - 9681 - 10165 - 99 - 124 -   
After the departure . . . House of Ransom.96 - 104101 - 109 - 124 - 134 - ED
For the story . . . p. nnn below.104 - 104110 - 110 - 135 - 135 -  
At last worn . . . lays of Beleriand.104 - 146110 - 153 - 135 - 187 - EE
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]146 - 150153 - 157 - 187 - -  
AppxFrom the point . . . Bar-en-Danwedh.150 - 150158 - 158 - - -
For a long . . . a jealous eye.150 - 151158 - 159 - 193 - 195 - EF
The text followed . . . overcame his pride.151 - 152159 - 160 - 195 - 196 - EG
Some slight further . . . it proved indeed.152 - 154160 - 162 - 196 - 198 - EH
Androg appears again . . . Mim was fulfilled.154 - 154162 - 162 - 198 - 198 - EI
To the tale . . . This note continues:154 - 155162 - 162 - 198 - -  
For fear of . . . in the eye.155 - 155162 - 163147 - 147199 - 2003060 - 3068EJDDDD
In another place . . . be represented thus:155 - 155163 - 163147 - 200 - 200 -    
Gwindor spoke ever . . . fought, said Gwindor.155 - 157163 - 164 - 200 - 202 - EK
The love of . . . more fully treated:157 - 157164 - 164 - 202 - 202 -  
Finduilas the daughter . . . of the King.157 - 158164 - 166 - 202 - 204 - EL
A passage follows . . . the other version:158 - 158166 - 166 - 204 - 204 -  
Your eyes are . . . of the North.158 - 159166 - 167 - 204 - 205 - EM
Then Turin rebuked . . . pp. n-n above.159 - 159167 - 167 - 205 - 205 -  
In the spring . . . were read aright.159 - 162167 - 170 - 205 - 209 - EN
It is nowhere . . . is nowhere suggested.162 - 162170 - 170 - 209 - -  
Description of IsleStoryThe account of . . . in later ages.165 - 165173 - 173157 - 157 - -
The land of . . . that follows here.165 - 171173 - 180157 - 163213 - 2213232 - 3349FAFAFA
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]171 - 172180 - 180163 - 221 - -    
Aldarion + ErendisStoryMeneldur was the . . . came to pass.173 - 212181 - 222165 - 205223 - 2733361 - 4133GAGAGA
NotesNOTES . . . see p. nnn.212 - 213222 - 223206 - 206273 - -    
3: As is told . . . the First Age.213 - 214223 - 224206 - 207274 - 2764148 - 4172GBGBGB
4: The son of . . . [END NOTES]214 - 217224 - 227207 - 276 - -    
Line of ElrosStoryThe realm of . . . back to Middle-Earth.218 - 219228 - 229213 - 214281 - 2824255 - 4278HAHAHA
V: Tar-Meneldur . . . to Gil-Galad.219 - 220229 - 230214 - 215282 - -    
VIII: Tar-Anarion . . . Numenor be seen.220 - 221230 - 231215 - 216283 - 2854296 - 4313HBHBHB
XIII: Tar-Atanamir . . . bring ill-fortune.221 - 221231 - 231216 - 217285 - 2854314 - 4324HCHCHC
XV: Tar-Telemmaite . . . called Ar-Belzagar.221 - 222232 - 232217 - 217285 - 2864324 - 4338HDHDHD
XIX: Tar-Ardamin . . . named Ar-Zimraphel.222 - 224232 - 234217 - 219286 - 2884338 - 4370HEHEHE
XXV: Ar-Pharazon . . . preserved in Gondor.224 - 224234 - 234219 - 288 - -    
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]224 - 227234 - 238220 - 223 - -
History of GaladrielStoryThere is no . . . by square brackets.228 - 234239 - 245225 - 231 - -
Galadriel was the . . . defence against Sauron.234 - 237245 - 248231 - 234302 - 3064598 - 4666IAIAIA
Sauron himself departed . . . a long time.237 - 239248 - 251234 - 237306 - 3094667 - 4725IBIBIB
In its concluding . . . recounted in brief.240 - 240251 - 252237 - 309 - -    
Amroth was King . . . memory of it.240 - 243252 - 255238 - 240311 - 3144741 - 4792ICICIC
The essay continues . . . Celeborn and Galadriel.243 - 243255 - 255241 - 241314 - 314 -    
The people of . . . son became king.243 - 244255 - 255241 - 241314 - 3154794 - 4804IDIDID
This account is . . . of Amroth continues:244 - 244255 - 256241 - 315 - -    
But during the . . . of the Ring.244 - 245256 - 257242 - 243316 - 3174818 - 4834IEIEIE
In another etymological . . . of my land.245 - 246257 - 258243 - 317 - -    
Late and fragmentary . . . into the mountains.246 - 247258 - 259244 - 245319 - 3204861 - 4880IFIFIF
In a note . . . face and mind.247 - 248259 - 260245 - 246320 - 3214881 - 4897IGIGIG
In unpublished writing . . . emendation as follows:248 - 248260 - 260246 - 246321 - 321 -    
There was in . . . Sauron rose again.248 - 251261 - 263246 - 249321 - 3254901 - 4953IHIHIH
This narrative goes . . . to the Silmaril.251 - 252263 - 264249 - 325 - -    
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]252 - 256264 - 268 - - -
App AAPPENDIX A . . . persons and places.256 - 257268 - 270 - - -
App BAPPENDIX B . . . one of these.257 - 258270 - 270 - - -
Something more of . . . had disturbed it.258 - 259270 - 272256 - 258334 - 3365100 - 5139IIIIII
Nowhere I believe . . . Fields p. nnn.259 - 260272 - 272258 - 336 - -    
App CAPPENDIX C . . . the other land.260 - 261272 - 273 - - -
App DAPPENDIX D . . . discussed as follows:261 - 261274 - 274 - - -
The river Gwathlo . . . This was Agathurush.261 - 263274 - 276259 - 262339 - 3425174 - 5219IJIJIJ
The history of . . . the name Glanduin.263 - 263276 - 276262 - 262342 - 342 -    
Glanduin means . . . and Minhiriath.264 - 265276 - 278262 - 263342 - 3455221 - 5248IKIKIK
From these discussions . . . Faithful Numenoreans.265 - 265278 - 278263 - 345 - -    
App EAPPENDIX E . . . to The Silmarillion.265 - 267278 - 280 - - -
Gladden FieldsStoryAfter the fall . . . long years after.271 - 276283 - 288269 - 274351 - 3575299 - 5411JAJAJA
The story of . . . not his worst.276 - 277288 - 290274 - 276357 - 3595412 - 5447JBJBJB
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]278 - 285290 - 297276 - 359 - -    
AppxA note associated . . . Numenorean descent.285 - 286297 - 298 - - -
A note to . . . his mother's father.286 - 286298 - 299285 - 285371 - 3715641 - 5645JCJCJC
Another note remarks . . . see pp. nnn, nnn.286 - 286299 - 299285 - 285371 - 371 -    
In another place . . . of being seen.286 - 287299 - 300285 - 286371 - 3725651 - 5668JDJDJD
Cirion and EorliThe Chronicle of . . . by the Wainriders.288 - 289301 - 302287 - 288373 - 3755669 - 5701KAKAKA
But at length . . . than it needed.289 - 291302 - 304288 - 290375 - 3775702 - 5739KBKBKB
Ondoher was aware . . . and routed them.291 - 294304 - 308290 - 294377 - 3815740 - 5807KCKCKC
In 1944 King . . . the southern realm.294 - 295308 - 308294 - 294382 - 382 -    
iiWhile the Eotheod . . . into the Wold.295 - 300308 - 313294 - 382 - 5816 - KDKDKD
iiiThe story is . . . Stewards of Gondor.300 - 308313 - 321299 - - -
ivIt is said . . . the Holy Mount.308 - 310322 - 324308 - 310 - 401 - 6117
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]310 - 320324 - 334310 - 401 - -    
Quest of EreborStoryThis story depends . . . version are given.321 - 321335 - 335321 - 321 - -
I have not found . . . in Middle-Earth.321 - 326335 - 340321 - 326415 - 4226359 - 6461LALALA
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]326 - 327341 - 341327 - 327422 - -    
AppxThe textual situation . . . version begins thus:327 - 328341 - 342327 - - -
So Thorin Oakenshield . . . tale of his wrongs.328 - 329342 - 343328 - 329424 - 4256493 - 6507LBLBLB
From this meeting . . . set out here.329 - 329343 - 343329 - 329425 - 425 -    
After the crowning . . . me) shall I speak more openly.329 - 330343 - 344329 - 330425 - 4266513 - 6533LCLCLC
Then I said . . . Took of Great Smials.330 - 332344 - 346330 - 332426 - 4296533 - 6572LDLDLD
When Gandalf accepted . . . his ears too soon.332 - 335346 - 350332 - 336429 - 4346572 - 6655LELELE
It was on the morning . . . have been ruined.335 - 336350 - 350336 - 336434 - 4356655 - 6661LFLFLF
It will be seen . . . at Bag End.336 - 336350 - 350336 - 336435 - 435 -    
From this point the . . . oversights often do.336 - 336350 - 351336 - 337435 - 4356663 - 6674LGLGLG
Hunt for the RingiGollum was captured . . . of the Gladden.337 - 337352 - 352339 - 339436 - 4376675 - 6688MAMAMA
Now Sauron learning . . . war against Gondor.337 - 338352 - 353339 - 340437 - 4376688 - 6701MBMBMB
Therefore when Osgiliath . . . that availed them.338 - 339353 - 354340 - 437 - 6702 - MCMCMC
At length they . . . him with torture.339 - 341354 - 356 - 343 - 441 - 6754
Night was waning . . . Rohan far behind.341 - 341356 - 356343 - 343441 - 4416755 - 6761MDMDMD
iiI have chosen . . . part of the history.341 - 342357 - 357344 - 344441 - -    
In D it is said . . . strength of Gondor.342 - 344357 - 359344 - 346442 - 4456768 - 6814MEMEME
In the event Gollum . . . its main purpose.344 - 344359 - 360346 - 347445 - 4456814 - 6818MFMFMF
My father nowhere . . . slight editorial revision.344 - 345360 - 360347 - 347445 - -    
It seems clear that . . . when they did.345 - 345360 - 361347 - 348446 - 4476831 - 6844MGMGMG
The story of the . . . with the Shire.345 - 347361 - 362348 - 447 - -    
When the Black . . . southerner at the Inn.347 - 348362 - 363349 - 449 - 6876 - MHMHMH
In version B it . . . the Barrow-downs.348 - 348364 - 364 - 351 - 451 - 6912
iiiAnother set of papers . . . the most finished.348 - 349364 - 364351 - 351451 - 451 -    
Saruman soon became . . . of his grasp.349 - 350364 - 366351 - 353451 - 4536916 - 6947MIMIMI
In another version . . . the pipe-weed.350 - 350366 - 366353 - 353453 - 453 -    
Now because of his . . . own sake merely.350 - 351366 - 367353 - 354453 - 4556948 - 6967MJMJMJ
In another (struck . . . imprisoned in Orthanc.351 - 352367 - 368354 - 455 - -    
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]352 - 354368 - 370355 - 357 - -
Fords of IsenStoryThe chief obstacles . . . death of Theodred.355 - 355371 - 371359 - 359460 - 4607040 - 7052NANANA
It was clearly . . . Uruks had gone.355 - 359371 - 376359 - 363460 - 4657053 - 7130NBNBNB
So ended the First . . . await the dawn.359 - 363376 - 380363 - 368465 - 4717130 - 7212NCNCNC
What followed is . . . to join Erkenbrand.363 - 364380 - 380368 - 368471 - 4717212 - 7220NDNDND
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]364 - 366380 - 383368 - 471 - -    
App iIn writing associated . . . of the Ring:366 - 366383 - 383371 - 371 - -
Marshal of the . . . resist the invasion.367 - 367383 - 384371 - 372475 - 4767282 - 7299NENENE
In times of war . . . one other son.367 - 369384 - 386372 - 476 - -    
App iiA long note . . . give it in full.369 - 369386 - 386 - - -
In ancient days . . . renewed their attacks.369 - 371386 - 388374 - 376479 - 4817333 - 7361NFNFNF
No alliance of . . . invasions of 2758.371 - 373388 - 390376 - 378481 - 4847362 - 7399NGNGNG
It can thus . . . less against it.373 - 373390 - 390378 - 378484 - 4847400 - 7409NHNHNH
The DruedainStoryThe Folk of . . . name for themselves.377 - 384393 - 401381 - 388487 - 4967411 - 7560OAOAOA
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]384 - 387401 - 404389 - 497 - -    
The IstariStoryThe fullest account . . . on the Istari.388 - 388405 - 405393 - 393 - -
Wizard is a . . . of that time.388 - 390405 - 407393 - 395502 - 5057640 - 7684OBOBOB
Indeed of all . . . came never back.390 - 391407 - 408395 - 396505 - 5067685 - 7705OCOCOC
In The Lord . . . into these tales.391 - 392408 - 410396 - 506 - -    
Most of the . . . Mandos and Nienna.392 - 393410 - 410398 - 398508 - 5097730 - 7745ODODOD
The meaning of . . . very remarkable note:393 - 395410 - 412398 - 509 - -    
Elendil and Gil-galad . . . as a slow menace.395 - 396412 - 413400 - 401511 - 5127775 - 7806OEOEOE
There is much here . . . of the Rohirrim.396 - 400413 - 418401 - 406512 - -    
NotesNOTES . . . of Aldarion's ship.400 - 401418 - 419 - - -
7. In a letter written in 1956 . . . figure-head on the prow.401 - 402419 - 419407 - 407518 - 5207914 - 7931OXOXOX
8. This is a reference . . . [END NOTES]402 - 402419 - 420407 - 520 - -    
The PalantiriStoryThe palantiri were . . . domination and deceit.403 - 405421 - 423409 - 411521 - 5237941 - 7982OFOFOF
Though warned by . . . another in accord.405 - 411423 - 430411 - 523 - -    
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]411 - 415430 - 433 - - -




The Children of Húrin

The following editions are included in this table:

Edition "a"
Houghton Mifflin hardcover (2007) and trade paperback (2008). I am fairly sure that the HarperCollins hardcover (2007) and trade paperback (2008) also have this same pagination, but I have not been able to verify this. The Del Rey paperback (2010) has the same pagination except for the Introduction (which is off by two pages), but since the Introduction is not used in my ordering I am treating it as the same.
Edition "AA"
Amazon Kindle electronic edition.

StoryChapterParagraphsPages
(a)
Locations
(AA)
Old
(6-book)
Section
Standard
(7-book)
Section
Expanded
(13-book)
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Introduction The character of Turin . . . Battle of Sudden Flame.13 - 27 -    
Narn i Chin Hurin1Hador Goldenhead was . . . never saw him again.33 - 34282 - 299EAEA
But now the tale . . . Turgon, men thought.35 - 37 -   
So the days passed . . . his house no more.37 - 51332 - 488EBEB
2 - 3Many songs are yet . . . returned to Turgon.52 - 62 -   
3Therefore Hurin was . . . be hidden from you.62 - 65596 - 636ECEC
4To Brethil three men . . . now here in love.66 - 77638 - 760EDED
Thus began the sojourn . . . sorrow of his heart.77 - 79 -   
5 - 10In the years of his . . . treated with honour.80 - 170789 - 1754EEEE
11When five years had . . . Well met!171 - 1781757 - 1837EFEF
Then Turin sprang . . . turning never aside.178 - 1811838 - 1867EGEG
12 - 18At last worn . . . lays of Beleriand.182 - 2571870 - 2677EXEX
18After the deaths of . . . there this is told.258 - 258 -   
But Hurin did not look . . . that she had died.258 - 2592680 - 2692EHEH




The Hobbit

There are so many editions of this book! I finally gave up and just used chapter numbers in the calculator, because there are only two breaks in The Hobbit, and they are both at chapter boundaries. But for completeness' sake, I have included the following editions in the table on this page:

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Houghton Mifflin hardcover – classic version. This has only a small number of illustrations (black & white sketches by Tolkien himself). The ivory slip-jacket paperback has the same pagination.
Edition "b"
Ballantine paperback (1960's).
Edition "d"
Del Rey paperback (2001).
Edition "e"
Houghton Mifflin hardcover – with Tolkien's black and white sketches plus color portraits.
Edition "f"
Houghton Mifflin small black slip-jacket paperback, and larger hardcover with the black dustjacket (2001).
Edition "g"
Houghton Mifflin trade paperback (1993?), with the black & white Tolkien illustrations. There is at least one HarperCollins edition with identical pagination.
Edition "h"
HarperCollins paperback (1999).
Edition "i"
Houghton Mifflin fancy illustrated edition (1997).
Edition "j"
Houghton Mifflin fancy illustrated edition (1984).
Edition "AA"
Amazon Kindle electronic edition.

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The Hobbit1In a hole . . . he woke up.11 - 3115 - 391 - 279 - 363 - 313 - 263 - 1 - 261 - 2470 - 459PAPAPA
2 - 9Up jumped Bilbo . . . to be seen.32 - 16140 - 18228 - 18837 - 20032 - 20427 - 16928 - 27 - 17625 - 173461 - 2652PBPBPB
10 - 19The day grew . . . the tobacco-jar.162 - 255183 - 287189 - 305201 - 317205 - 330170 - 272176 - 177 - 289174 - 2902654 - 4199PCPCPC




The Lord of the Rings

You can use the Chronological Tolkien system with either a one-volume edition of Lord of the Rings or a three-volume edition. However, if you use a three-volume edition, all three volumes must match.

Edition "a"
Three separate volumes: Houghton Mifflin hardcover, second edition (1965). This edition has remained in print for over four decades – the current version has movie photos on the dustcover but the same interior! The ivory slip-jacket paperbacks have the same pagination.
One-volume edition: Hardcover, with bright red cover, probably from the 1970s. If you are using this, be careful, since the pages count up from "1" three times!
Edition "b"
Three separate volumes: Ballantine paperback (1965).
Edition "c"
Three separate volumes: Del Rey paperback (1993). (I am missing four entries for this edition. If you have a copy and would like to help, send me an email!)
Edition "d"
Three separate volumes: Del Rey paperback (2001).
Edition "e"
One-volume edition: Houghton Mifflin illustrated hardcover (1991).
Edition "g"
Three separate volumes: Houghton Mifflin trade paperbacks (1994).
One-volume edition: Houghton Mifflin hardcover and trade paperback, 1990s or early 2000s.
Edition "h"
Three separate volumes: HarperCollins "50th anniversary" paperback (2007). (I am missing two entries for this edition. If you have a copy and would like to help, send me an email!)
Edition "i"
Three separate volumes: Unwin / Unicorn paperback, 4th edition (1986). (I am missing four entries for this edition. If you have a copy and would like to help, send me an email!)
Edition "j"
Three separate volumes: HarperCollins paperback (1999).
Edition "k"
One-volume edition: Houghton Mifflin "50th anniversary" edition, hardcover and trade paperback (2004).
Edition "l"
Three separate volumes: Houghton Mifflin "50th anniversary" trade paperback (2004-2005).
Edition "AA"
Amazon Kindle electronic edition.


The Fellowship of the Ring


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Prologue1This book is . . . is briefly recalled.10 - 1019 - 1919 - 191 - 113 - 131 - 11 - 17 - 171 - 11 - 11 - 1 -    
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2There is another . . . put his mind to.17 - 1828 - 2927 - 289 - 1020 - 217 - 9 - 1126 - 2810 - 128 - 910 - 11 - 517
3The Shire was . . . that he had found.18 - 2029 - 3228 - 3010 - 1221 - 239 - 1012 - 1428 - 3012 - 149 - 1011 - 13518 - 551QBQBQB
4As is told . . . hates it for ever.20 - 2232 - 3430 - 3212 - 1423 - 2510 - 1214 - 30 - 3214 - 1711 - 1213 - 16 -    
Now it is a . . . this History begins.22 - 2334 - 3633 - 3414 - 1525 - 2612 - 1316 - 1832 - 3417 - 1812 - 1416 - 17590 - 612QCQCQC
NoteAt the end of . . . in Middle-Earth.23 - 2537 - 3935 - 3716 - 1826 - 2813 - 1518 - 2134 - 3619 - 2114 - 1617 - 20613 - 650QDQDQD
Book I1 - 2When Mr. Bilbo . . . in the Shire.29 - 5243 - 7241 - 6621 - 4633 - 5621 - 4227 - 5739 - 6827 - 5721 - 4325 - 54658 - 1120RARARA
2 - 3There were rumours . . . was tall and full.52 - 7672 - 10267 - 9546 - 7556 - 8042 - 6657 - 8868 - 9957 - 8943 - 6754 - 841121 - 1610RBRBRB
3 - 12Autumn was well . . . saw no more.76 - 227102 - 28695 - 26275 - 24280 - 23166 - 20988 - 99 - 28689 - 28367 - 21584 - 2681610 - RCRCRC
Book II1 - 4Frodo woke and . . . road may wind much.231 - 324289 - 404265 - 369245 - 348235 - 328213 - 302 - 404287 - 403287 - 407219 - 310271 - 385 - 6504
4 - 10After only a brief . . . the Land of Shadow.324 - 423404 - 526369 - 479348 - 458328 - 427302 - 398404 - 531403 - 529407 - 535310 - 407385 - 5066505 - 8451RDRDRD



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Book III1Aragorn sped on . . . in a stony land.15 - 2217 - 2617 - 263 - 12433 - 440403 - 410537 - 54611 - 205 - 14413 - 420511 - 5208458 - 8615SASASA
2Dusk deepened . . . did not return.23 - 4627 - 5727 - 5413 - 40441 - 464411 - 433547 - 57721 - 5115 - 45421 - 443521 - 5498617 - 9085SBSBSB
3Pippin lay in . . . many watchful eyes.47 - 6358 - 7955 - 7441 - 60465 - 481434 - 449578 - 59952 - 7346 - 67444 - 460550 - 5709088 - 9418SCSCSC
4Meanwhile the hobbits . . . said Treebeard.64 - 9080 - 11575 - 10761 - 93482 - 508450 - 476600 - 74 - 10968 - 103461 - 487571 - 6049420 - SDSDSD
5 - 7My very bones . . . be a black night.91 - 132116 - 167108 - 15594 - 141509 - 550477 - 515 - 687110 - 161104 - 155488 - 527605 - 654 - 10761
7As the second day . . . said the other.132 - 133167 - 169155 - 157141 - 143550 - 551515 - 516687 - 689161 - 163155 - 157527 - 528654 - 65610761 - 10788SESESE
7 - 11The host turned . . . noise of wind.133 - 206169 - 262157 - 243143 - 228551 - 624516 - 586689 - 163 - 258157 - 252528 - 600656 - 74610788 - SFSFSF
Book IV1 - 7Well master we're . . . black night fell.209 - 311265 - 395247 - 367231 - 351627 - 729589 - 687 - 919259 - 390255 - 387603 - 702749 - 874 - 14210
8 - 10Gollum was tugging . . . taken by the Enemy.312 - 352396 - 447368 - 415352 - 398730 - 770688 - 725920 - 971391 - 442388 - 439703 - 742875 - 92414213 - 14987SGSGSG



The Return of the King


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Book V1 - 4Pippin looked out . . . through the dark.19 - 9819 - 12019 - 1083 - 94777 - 856731 - 806977 - 107915 - 1155 - 107747 - 824929 - 102614994 - 16552TATATA
4Messengers came again . . . had come at last.98 - 103120 - 126108 - 11394 - 100856 - 861806 - 8111079 - 1085115 - 121107 - 113825 - 8291026 - 103216552 - 16648TBTBTB
5It was dark . . . even to the City.104 - 113127 - 138114 - 124101 - 111862 - 871812 - 8201086 - 1097122 - 133114 - 125830 - 8381033 - 104416651 - 16830TCTCTC
6 - 8But it was no . . . been but a dream.114 - 147139 - 180125 - 162112 - 151872 - 905821 - 8531098 - 1140134 - 175126 - 168839 - 8711045 - 108516833 - 17486TDTDTD
9 - 10The morning came . . . eyes saw no more.148 - 169181 - 208163 - 187152 - 177906 - 927854 - 8741141 - 1169176 - 203169 - 197872 - 8931086 - 111317488 - 17908TETETE
Book VI1 - 2Sam roused himself . . . deep untroubled sleep.173 - 199211 - 244191 - 220181 - 211931 - 957877 - 9011173 - 1206205 - 238201 - 234897 - 9221117 - 114917912 - 18429TFTFTF
2 - 3They woke together . . . all things, Sam.199 - 225244 - 277220 - 250211 - 241957 - 983901 - 9261206 - 238 - 271234 - 268922 - 9471149 - 118018429 - TGTGTG
4 - 5All about the . . . come to fulfilment.226 - 251278 - 310251 - 280242 - 271984 - 1009927 - 951 - 1274272 - 304269 - 302948 - 9731181 - 1213 - 19448
6 - 9When the days . . . back, he said.252 - 311311 - 385281 - 347272 - 3401010 - 1069952 - 10081275 - 1349305 - 378303 - 378974 - 10311214 - 128519451 - 20612THTHTH
Appendix AIntroConcerning the sources . . . not always included.313 - 313387 - 387349 - 349341 - 3411070 - 10701009 - 10091351 - 379 - 379379 - 3791033 - 10331287 - 1287 -    
I (i)Feanor was the . . . the Second Age.313 - 318388 - 393350 - 355342 - 3471070 - 10741009 - 1013 - 380 - 386380 - 3861033 - 10371287 - 1292 -
I (ii)Arnor. Elendil. SA . . . Elessar, FA 82.318 - 319394 - 396356 - 357347 - 3491075 - 10761014 - 1015 - 386 - 388386 - 3881038 - 10391293 - 1294 -
I (iii)Eriador was of old . . . keeping of Arthedain.319 - 320396 - 397357 - 358349 - 3491076 - 10771015 - 10161360 - 1361388 - 389388 - 3891039 - 10401294 - 129520759 - 20776UAUAUA
It was in the . . . people of fishers.320 - 321397 - 398358 - 359350 - 3501077 - 10781016 - 10161361 - 1362389 - 391389 - 3901040 - 10411295 - 129620777 - 20795UBUBUB
In the days of Argeleb II . . . war of 1409.321 - 321398 - 398359 - 360351 - 3511078 - 10781017 - 10171362 - 1363391 - 391390 - 3911041 - 10411296 - 129720796 - 20803UCUCUC
In 1974 the . . . our reckoning (1979).321 - 323398 - 400360 - 362351 - 3531078 - 10801017 - 10181363 - 1365391 - 394391 - 3931041 - 10431297 - 129920803 - 20834UDUDUD
After Arvedui the . . . by Bandobras Took.323 - 324400 - 402362 - 363353 - 3541080 - 10801018 - 10191365 - 1366394 - 395393 - 3941043 - 10431299 - 130020834 - 20848UEUEUE
There were fifteen . . . old was renewed.324 - 324402 - 402363 - 364354 - 3541080 - 10811019 - 10201366 - 1367395 - 396394 - 3951043 - 10441300 - 130020849 - 20859UFUFUF
I (iv)There were thirty-one . . . 'Lord of the Coasts'.324 - 325402 - 403364 - 355 - 3551081 - 10811020 - 10201367 - 396 - 395 - 3961044 - 10441300 - 130120861 - 20870VAVAVA
Earnil I, his nephew . . . never fully repaired.325 - 325403 - 404 - 365355 - 3561081 - 10821020 - 1021 - 1369 - 398396 - 3971044 - 10451301 - 130220870 - 20887VXVXVX
Minalcar son of . . . spent in exile.325 - 328404 - 407365 - 369356 - 3591082 - 10851021 - 10231369 - 1372398 - 401397 - 4001045 - 10481302 - 130520888 - 20944VBVBVB
The second and . . . of the Harad.328 - 329407 - 408369 - 369359 - 3601085 - 10851023 - 10241372 - 1373402 - 403400 - 4011048 - 10481305 - 130620944 - 20959VCVCVC
The third evil . . . re-entered Mordor.329 - 329408 - 409370 - 370360 - 3601085 - 10861024 - 10241373 - 1373403 - 403401 - 4011048 - 10491306 - 130620959 - 20964VDVDVD
Calimehtar son of . . . in great force.329 - 329409 - 409370 - 370360 - 3601086 - 10861024 - 10241373 - 1374403 - 403401 - 4021049 - 10491306 - 130620965 - 20970VEVEVE
Many of the . . . are united again.329 - 330409 - 410370 - 372360 - 3621086 - 10871024 - 10251374 - 1375403 - 405402 - 4031049 - 10501306 - 130820970 - 20996VFVFVF
In Gondor also . . . that was revealed.330 - 332410 - 412372 - 374362 - 3641087 - 10881025 - 10271376 - 1377405 - 407404 - 4051050 - 10511308 - 130920996 - 21028VGVGVG
It was thus . . . beneath seven stars.332 - 333412 - 414374 - 375364 - 3651088 - 10901027 - 10281378 - 1379407 - 409406 - 4071051 - 10531309 - 131121028 - 21058VHVHVH
After Mardil Voronwe . . . after his father.333 - 333414 - 415375 - 376365 - 3661090 - 10901028 - 10281379 - 1380409 - 410407 - 4081053 - 10531311 - 131121059 - 21067VIVIVI
After him began . . . Lords of Gondor.333 - 334415 - 415376 - 377366 - 3661090 - 10911028 - 10291380 - 410 - 411408 - 4091053 - 10531311 - 1312 -    
In the days of Beren . . . dwelt in Isengard.334 - 334415 - 416377 - 377366 - 3671091 - 10911029 - 10291381 - 1381411 - 411409 - 4091054 - 10541312 - 131221079 - 21087VJVJVJ
It was in the days . . . could be found.334 - 334416 - 416377 - 377367 - 3671091 - 10911029 - 10291381 - 1381411 - 411409 - 4091054 - 10541312 - 131221087 - 21091VKVKVK
In the days of Turin . . . and fortified it.335 - 335416 - 417377 - 378367 - 3681091 - 10921029 - 10301381 - 1382411 - 412409 - 4101054 - 10551312 - 131321091 - 21102VLVLVL
Ecthelion II . . . to supplant him.335 - 336417 - 418378 - 379368 - 3691092 - 10931030 - 10311382 - 1384412 - 414410 - 4121055 - 10561313 - 131421103 - 21126VMVMVM
When Denethor became . . . Tower of Ecthelion.336 - 337418 - 419379 - 381369 - 3701093 - 10941031 - 10321384 - 1385414 - 415412 - 4131056 - 10571314 - 131621126 - 21151VNVNVN
I (v)Arador was the . . . from the rock.337 - 341420 - 424381 - 386370 - 3741094 - 10971032 - 10351385 - 1390416 - 421413 - 4181057 - 10601316 - 132021153 - 21233WAWAWA
It came to pass . . . the next spring.341 - 342424 - 426386 - 388374 - 3761097 - 10991035 - 10361390 - 1392421 - 423418 - 4201060 - 10611320 - 132221233 - 21268WBWBWB
Thus the years . . . days of old.342 - 344426 - 428388 - 390376 - 3781099 - 11011036 - 10381392 - 1395423 - 426420 - 4231061 - 10631322 - 132421269 - 21311WCWCWC
IIEorl the Young . . . of their home.344 - 345428 - 429390 - 391378 - 3791101 - 11011038 - 10381395 - 1395426 - 426423 - 4231063 - 10641324 - 132421312 - 21320XAXAXA
In the two . . . alliance with Gondor.345 - 345429 - 430391 - 392379 - 3801101 - 11021039 - 10391395 - 426 - 428423 - 4241064 - 10641324 - 1325 -    
Many lords and . . . West over Sea.345 - 346430 - 431392 - 393380 - 3811102 - 11021039 - 10401396 - 1397428 - 429424 - 4251064 - 10651325 - 132621337 - 21354XBXBXB
Of the Kings . . . creatures more evil.346 - 348431 - 434393 - 396381 - 3831102 - 11051040 - 10421397 - 1401429 - 432425 - 4291065 - 10671326 - 132921354 - 21406XCXCXC
1. Eorl the Young . . . son, became king.349 - 349434 - 435396 - 397383 - 3841105 - 11051042 - 10431401 - 1402432 - 433429 - 4301068 - 10681329 - 132921408 - 21421XDXDXD
10. Frealaf Hildeson . . . that it gave him.349 - 349435 - 435397 - 397384 - 3851106 - 11061043 - 10431402 - 1402433 - 434430 - 4301068 - 10691330 - 133021422 - 21430XEXEXE
14. Folcwine . . . supporting its enemies.349 - 350435 - 436397 - 398385 - 3851106 - 11071043 - 10441402 - 1403434 - 435430 - 4311069 - 10691330 - 133121430 - 21442XFXFXF
17. Theoden . . . line was begun.350 - 351436 - 436398 - 398386 - 3861107 - 11071044 - 10441403 - 435 - 435431 - 4311069 - 10691331 - 1331 -    
In 2989 Theodwyn . . . had called Steelsheen.351 - 351437 - 437398 - 399386 - 3861107 - 11071044 - 10441404 - 1404435 - 436431 - 4321070 - 10701331 - 133221447 - 21457XGXGXG
2991 - FA 63 (3084) Eomer . . . Eomer grew old.351 - 352437 - 438399 - 400386 - 3871107 - 11081044 - 10451404 - 1405436 - 437432 - 4331070 - 10711332 - 133221458 - 21471XHXHXH
IIIConcerning the beginning . . . began to dwindle.352 - 352438 - 439400 - 401387 - 3881108 - 11091045 - 10461406 - 1406437 - 438434 - 4341071 - 10711333 - 133321472 - 21484YAYAYA
It came to pass . . . great cold-drake.353 - 353439 - 440401 - 401388 - 3891109 - 11091046 - 10461406 - 1407438 - 439434 - 4351071 - 10721333 - 133421485 - 21497YBYBYB
Not long after . . . little or none.353 - 357440 - 445401 - 407389 - 3931109 - 11131046 - 10501407 - 1413439 - 445435 - 4411072 - 10761334 - 133921497 - 21588YCYCYC
Of this Ring . . . at last he died.357 - 358445 - 447407 - 408394 - 3951113 - 11141050 - 10511413 - 1414445 - 447441 - 4421076 - 10771339 - 134021588 - 21610YDYDYD
So Thorin Oakenshield . . . iron on the anvil.358 - 358447 - 447408 - 409395 - 3951114 - 11151051 - 10511414 - 447 - 447442 - 4431077 - 10771340 - 1340 -    
But at last . . . grandson of Thror.358 - 359447 - 448409 - 409395 - 3961115 - 11151051 - 10521415 - 1416447 - 448443 - 4441077 - 10781340 - 134121618 - 21633YEYEYE
The story is told . . . say in Middle-Earth.359 - 360448 - 449410 - 411396 - 3971115 - 11161052 - 10531416 - 448 - 450444 - 4451078 - 10801341 - 1342 -    
Dis was the . . . in their crafts.360 - 360449 - 449411 - 411397 - 3971116 - 11161053 - 10531417 - 1419450 - 450445 - 4471080 - 10801342 - 134221667 - 21674YFYFYF
Gimli Gloin's son . . . of this matter.360 - 362449 - 451411 - 412397 - 3991116 - 11181053 - 10551419 - 1419450 - 452447 - 4471080 - 10811342 - 134421674 - 21686YGYGYG
Appendix BIntroThe First Age ended . . . not recorded here.363 - 363452 - 452414 - 414400 - 4001119 - 11191057 - 10571420 - 453 - 453448 - 4481082 - 10821345 - 1345 -    
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3 AgeThese were the fading . . . I will await you.365 - 366455 - 456417 - 418403 - 4041121 - 11221059 - 10601423 - 1424456 - 457451 - 4521084 - 10851347 - 134821741 - 21760ZAZAZA
2: Isildur plants a . . . scroll of Isildur.366 - 371456 - 463418 - 424404 - 4101122 - 11271060 - 10651424 - 458 - 466452 - 4601085 - 10901349 - 1355 -    
Great Y12: Gandalf reaches . . . passing of Sauron.372 - 375463 - 468425 - 428410 - 4151127 - 11311065 - 1069 - 466 - 472460 - 4651091 - 10941355 - 1359 -
After the fall . . . in Caras Galad[h]on.375 - 375468 - 468429 - 429415 - 4151131 - 11311069 - 10691437 - 1438472 - 472465 - 4661094 - 10941360 - 136021956 - 21967ZBZBZB
At the same time . . . King of the West.375 - 376468 - 469429 - 430415 - 4161131 - 11321069 - 10691438 - 1439473 - 473466 - 4661095 - 10951360 - 136021967 - 21975ZCZCZC
Chief DMarch 27: Bard . . . returns to Bag End.376 - 377469 - 470430 - 431416 - 4181132 - 11331070 - 10711439 - 473 - 475467 - 4691095 - 10961361 - 1362 -    
Later E1422: With the beginning . . . for the second time.377 - 377470 - 471431 - 418 - 4181133 - 11331071 - 10711441 - 1441475 - 469 - 4691096 - 10971362 - 136322016 - ZDZDZD
1436: King Elessar . . . honour to Queen Arwen.378 - 378471 - 471 - 432418 - 4191133 - 11331071 - 10721441 - 1441 - 476469 - 4691097 - 10971363 - 1363 - PP
1441: Master Samwise . . . as deputy mayor.378 - 378471 - 471432 - 419 - 4191133 - 11331072 - 10721441 - 476 - 470 - 4701097 - 10971363 - 1363 - 22026
1448: Master Samwise . . . great of Gondor.378 - 378471 - 472 - 433419 - 4201133 - 11341072 - 1072 - 1443 - 477470 - 4711097 - 10981363 - 136422026 - 22041ZEZEZE
1541: In this year . . . of the Ring.378 - 378472 - 472433 - 433420 - 4201134 - 11341072 - 10721443 - 1443477 - 477471 - 4711098 - 10981364 - 136422041 - 22044ZFZFZF
Appendix C The names given . . . [END TREES]379 - 383473 - 477434 - 438421 - 4251135 - 11391073 - 10771444 - 478 - 482472 - 1099 - 11051365 - 1371 -    
Appendix D [CALENDAR] . . . and feastings followed.384 - 390478 - 486439 - 448426 - 4341140 - 11461079 - 1085 - 483 - 492 - 1106 - 11121372 - 1380 -
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The books listed below are used only for the Expanded Version of the Chronological Tolkien ordering. For an explanation of the Expanded Version, see the FAQ.



The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

This book has been published separately and as part of several different collections. Fortunately, as with The Hobbit, there are only two breaks needed in this book, and they are easily identified by the poem numbers. So page numbers are not needed for the chronological reading system. But I give them here just for the sake of completeness:

Edition "a"
Published separately as The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. Houghton Mifflin hardcover (1963), illustrated by Pauline Baynes.
Edition "d"
In the collection entitled The Tolkien Reader. Del Rey paperback, sometime in the early 2000s.
Edition "f"
In the collection entitled Tales from the Perilous Realm, expanded edition, illustrated by Alan Lee. Houghton Mifflin hardcover (2008) and HarperCollins mid-sized paperback (2008).

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Preface The Red Book . . . that Age ended.7 - 9191 - 194169 - 173  FC
Poems1 - 21. The Adventures . . . and find them.11 - 23197 - 210175 - 189FD
3 - 163. Errantry . . . song has faded.24 - 64211 - 251191 - 242FE




The History of Middle-Earth

The Expanded Version of the Chronological Tolkien ordering uses five of the twelve volumes of The History of Middle-Earth: The Lost Road, Sauron Defeated, Morgoth's Ring, The War of the Jewels), and The Peoples of Middle-Earth. So far, I have only found one pagination of all of these books, and I suspect that this is the only way they have been released, with the exception of The Lost Road.

Edition "a"
Houghton Mifflin hardcover (1987 to 1996), HarperCollins hardcover (1991 to 1996, re-released 2010), and HarperCollins mid-sized paperback (1993 to 1997, re-released 2002).
Edition "d"
Ballantine / Del Rey paperback (1996).

Edition "d" exists for The Lost Road, but not for the remaining four volumes used in the Expanded Version of the ordering. Sales in the United States were not high enough to justify a paperback release of the later volumes of The History of Middle-Earth.


The Lost Road   ("History of Middle-Earth" vol. 5)


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(various) This fifth volume . . . in this section.1 - 351 -    
The Lost RoadiFor the texts . . . a brief commentary.36 - 3639 - 39
Alboin! Alboin! . . . into sudden darkness.36 - 5339 - 58GC
Commentary on Chapters . . . Etymologies, stem KHER.53 - 5658 -  
iiMy father said . . . by numbered notes.57 - 5762 -
Elendil was walking . . . out in a scrawl.57 - 7063 - 77GD
Notes on the Numenorean . . . feared in his own.70 - 7777 -  
iiiIt cannot be shown . . . Aelfwine in the title.77 - 10284 -
THE SONG OF AELFWINE . . . off from returning thither.102 - 104113 - 115GE
Here reappears the idea . . . Gondolin (II.158, 172, III.145-6).104 - 104115 -  
(various) In the fourth volume . . . to the North-west.107 - 413 -



Sauron Defeated   ("History of Middle-Earth" vol. 9)


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(various) Long foreseen, the . . . on the galley proof.3 - 113   
The EpilogueStoryThe words that end . . . in the appendices.114 - 133GF
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]133 - 135 
(various) When I wrote . . . stones are present.136 - 137
Notion Club PapersIntroOn 18 December 1844 . . . [END NOTES]145 - 153
ForewordThese Papers have a . . . are largely concerned.155 - 158GG
MembersMEMBERS OF THE NOTION . . . initials never appear.158 - 160
Part 1Night 54 . . . WTJ. RS. JJ. JJR.161 - 211
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]211 - 222 
Part 2PART TWO . . . Club Papers abandoned?222 - 282GH
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]282 - 299 
Maj. Divs.MAJOR DIVERGENCES . . . in line 2.299 - 327
(various) THE DROWNING OF . . . and Arundel Lowdham.331 - 440



Morgoth's Ring   ("History of Middle-Earth" vol. 10)


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(various) The evidence is . . . he grew swiftly.3 - 207   
Laws & Customs LAWS AND CUSTOMS . . . Aelfwine's Preamble.207 - 209
The Eldar grew . . . So spoke Aelfwine.209 - 225GI
OF THE SEVERANCE . . . father abandoned it.225 - 227GJ
NOTES . . . is notably similar.228 - 233 
It was answered . . . as has been told.233 - 247GK
But after a while . . . Eldar concerning it.247 - 251GL
The Fate of Men . . . with Arda at all.251 - 251GM
At the end of . . . in this book.251 - 251 
Fate of Immortal . . . provinces of one Ea.251 - 252GN
At the head of . . . [END NOTES]252 - 253 
(various) The next version . . . Andreth (see pp. 304, 360).254 - 300
Athrabeth F. & A.IntroWith this very . . . the typescript version.303 - 304
StoryNow the Eldar . . . gazed at the fire.304 - 313GO
Do you think . . . brother -- and me.313 - 326GP
NotesNOTES . . . (see note 10 above).326 - 329 
CommentaryThis is not presented . . . of its being.329 - 345
Tale of AdanelThen Andreth being . . . there before them.345 - 349GQ
NotesTogether with the . . . unspoiled by evil.349 - 366 
Myths Transformed(various)In this last section . . . numbered (i), (ii), and (iii).369 - 394
Motives in Sil.Sauron was greater . . . tendencies they possessed.394 - 406GR
Despite its incomplete . . . [END NOTES]406 - 408 
(various)In the last sentence . . . [END NOTES]408 - 431



The War of the Jewels   ("History of Middle-Earth" vol. 11)


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(various) The history of the . . . mysterious nature.3 - 247   
Wanderings of Hurin In The Wanderings of . . . the Quenta of 1930.251 - 252
Especially Morgoth endeavoured . . . the land of Hithlum.252 - 254GS
Of the wanderings . . . asterisks on pp. 264-5.254 - 260 
It is said . . . with his friends.260 - 265GT
In the foregoing . . . typescript of Harathor).265 - 271 
Now Hurin, coming into . . . of Cabed Naeramarth.271 - 273GU
But Hurin did not look . . . that she had died.273 - 274 
So passed Morwen . . . towards the Hauð-en-Elleth.274 - 297GV
Both my father's . . . [END NOTES]297 - 310 
(various) In Unfiniished Tales . . . bosom of the world.311 - 424



The Peoples of Middle-Earth   ("History of Middle-Earth" vol. 12)


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(various) It is remarkable . . . all may have been.3 - 139   
History of Akallabeth The development of . . . are described as Elvish:140 - 144
The legends of the . . . ships or guides.144 - 145GW
In this paragraph . . . [END NOTES]145 - 165 
(various) The chronology of . . . [END NOTES]166 - 405
The New ShadowIntroThis story, or fragment . . . dates from that time.409 - 410
Such as the evidence . . . orc-cults among adolescents.410 - 410GX
To form the text . . . in B to Saelon.410 - 410 
StoryTHE NEW SHADOW . . . (but non-human) form.410 - 418GY
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]418 - 421 
Tal-ElmarIntroThe tale of Tal-Elmar . . . of thou and you.422 - 422
StoryIn the days of . . . Rhun, and Ettenmoors.423 - 437GZ
NotesNOTES . . . [END NOTES]437 - 438 

 


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