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J.R.R. Tolkien

Encyclopedias and
Reference Sources
Searching the
Library Catalog
Online Databases
Print Indexes Newspapers
Videos Web Sites

The following selective list of print and online resources has been compiled by McGovern Library staff as a starting point for research on J. R. R. Tolkien. It is not a complete listing of related materials held by McGovern Library or available online, but is intended to serve as a guide to some of the Library's resources, and as a pointer to a variety of electronic resources.

Encyclopedias And Reference Sources

Searching the Library Catalog or WorldCat Local

  • Subject searches:
    "Tolkien, J. R. R."
    "Tolkien, John Ronald Revel"
    "Fantasy literature, English"
    "Fantasy literature, English -- Criticism, Textual"
    "Fantasy fiction, English -- History and criticism"
    "Hobbits (Fictitious characters)" "Middle Earth (Imaginary place)"

Print Indexes

Print indexes available in McGovern Library*:

  • Humanities Index
    • use:
      "Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel"
  • Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature
    • use:
      "Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel"

*Note: Print indexes are shelved upstairs north of the newspapers.

Online Databases

  • EBSCO Fulltext Databases: abstracts, citations and full-text articles
    • Search the Subjects Index and select from headings such as "GOLLUM (Fictitious character)," or "BAGGINS, Bilbo (Fictitious character),"
    • Use the People Index to locate articles on "TOLKIEN, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel)"
    • Combine searches using the Search History tab.
  • JSTOR (full-text articles)
    • Topic search using "Tolkien"
  • Proquest Research Library: abstracts, citations and full-text articles.
    • Topic searches such as
    • "Tolkien," and "Gandalf"
    • "Tolkien," and "Norse mythology"

Newspaper Databases


  • The Age of Anxiety (1945-1969)
  • God on Trial
  • The Hobbit (VT 1020) (animated)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD 402)
  • The Lord of the Rings (DVD 023) (animated)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (DVD 272)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (DVD 271)
  • Tolkien's Monsters

Web Sites

  • The American TolkienT Society -- dedicated exclusively to the study and fuller appreciation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and his son, Christopher J.R. Tolkien.
  • Biography of J. R. R. Tolkien on the Tolkien Gateway
  • The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship -- The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship (E.L.F.) is an international organization devoted to the scholarly study of the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien .
  • The Encyclopedia of Arda -- a personal project - a tribute to and a celebration of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The site is evolving into an illustrated hypertext encyclopedia of Tolkien's realms and peoples.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien Collection -- The collection of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien at Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Libraries.
  • The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien -- Letters written to and by J. R. R. Tolkien. (This is a large pdf document that takes a bit to load.)
  • LOTR Project -- a creative web project dedicated to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. It is perhaps most known for the extensive and ever updating genealogy, the historical timeline of Middle-Earth and the statistics of the population of Middle-Earth.
  • Middle-earth -- from One Wiki To Rule Them All.
  • Middle-earth Map
  • Middle Earth Maps
  • One Wiki To Rule Them All -- the Lord of the Rings encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
  • Timeline of Middle Earth -- A timeline of important events throughout the history of Middle-earth.
  • The Tolkien Estate -- J. R. R. Tolkien Estate's official website.
  • Tolkien Gateway -- A wiki-encyclopedia of everthing Tolkien. This site's goal is to have the most complete database about Middle-earth and Tolkien as possible.
  • Tolkien in Birmingham -- the area where Tolkien spent his childhood.
  • The Tolkien Society -- An international organisation registered in the U. K. as an educational charity. The aim of this site is to encourage and further interest in the life and works of the late Professor J.R.R. Tolkien C.B.E.
  • Tolkien Studies -- An annual scholarly review that presents the growing body of critical commentary and scholarship on both J.R.R.Tolkien's voluminous fiction and his academic work in literary and linguistic fields.
  • Tolkien's Oxford -- a set of photos of places in Oxford associated with the life of J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • Tolkien's Voice at the British Library

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