Understanding The Lord Of The Rings...ed. Rose A. Zimbardo & Neil D. Isaacs...Houghton Mifflin
Tolkien's World...Randel Helms...Houghton Mifflin Company
A Reader's Companion To The Hobbit And The Lord Of The Rings...Quality Paperback Book Club
The QPB Companion To The Lord Of The Rings...ed.Brandon Geist...Quality Paperback Book Club
The Magical Worlds Of The Lord Of The Rings...David Colbert...Berkley
Tolkien's Shorter Works...ed. Margaret Hiley & Frank Weinreich...Walking Tree Publishers
Hobbits, Elves, And Wizards...Michael N. Stanton...St. Martin's Press
Tolkien In The Land Of Heroes...Anne C. Petty...Cold Spring Press
The People's Guide To J. R. R. Tolkien...Editor-in-Chief Erica Challis...Cold Spring Press
Today's list falls roughly into three categories. The largest group, Tolkien and the Critics, Understanding The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien's Shorter Works, and the QPB Companions (which are different, but share some of the same material), are all collections of essays, mostly of a scholarly tone, and some by quite famous names.
The second group, Tolkien's World, Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards, and Tolkien in the Land of Heroes, are all considerations by single authors on Tolkien and his works.
The third group, The Magical Worlds of The Lord of the Rings and The People's Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien, are the least reliable books in the list; Magical Worlds as the least researched and The People's Guide as the most personal (with much emphasis on the LOTR movies as well).
Book Count: 1710.