I’m ranking the five Middle Earth books I’ve read: The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and the three Lord of the Rings books. I will be starting with my least favorite and working my way up to my favorite. This post is spoiler-free; so if you haven’t read these, don’t worry.
Number 5: The Silmarillion
The main reason I don’t like The Silmarillion is because there isn’t an overarching plot. It’s just a bunch of Tolkien’s shorter stories and worldbuilding, and there isn’t a main character or a main plot. It’s also incredibly dense. It has been eight years since I read this book. I was going to share my thoughts about it on this channel, but I didn’t feel like rereading it. I wasn’t going to force myself to reread it if I didn’t want to. It’s a tough read compared to the others, which is why it’s at the bottom.
Number 4: The Two Towers
I don’t hate this book by any means, but I also don’t love it. I read through it really quickly when I finally read it. I originally DNFed it because I was having such a hard time getting through it. I was in middle school when I first attempted to read it, so it could have been my age that contributed to that DNF. I finally reread it in college, and I read through most of it in a day. There isn’t much that I love about it or hate about it.
Number 3: The Return of the King
I don’t really love or hate this book either. It’s kind of in the middle. I really love the ending and seeing all the amazing character arcs, but then I also got really bored in the beginning because it didn’t grip me. I really wanted to read about the main plot, and there isn’t a lot of the main plot in this book. Since there are some things I really love about this book, I can rank it above The Two Towers.
Number 2: The Fellowship of the Ring
I love this book. The beginning is really slow, but most of the book is good. This is the only Lord of the Rings book I’ve fully read twice. The Return of the King I’ve read once, and The Two Towers I DNFed and then read later. I never got stuck on The Fellowship of the Ring. It seems to be an easier, more accessible read compared to the others. It’s also really fun meeting all the amazing characters for the first time. That’s not something you get in the other books.
Number 1: The Hobbit
The Hobbit is the other Middle Earth book I’ve read twice. I didn’t have any issues reading it either time. I read The Hobbit when I was really young. I think I was nine when I first read it, so I’m glad it was accessible to me at that age because I wanted to read it then. I reread it again in college, and I still love it. It definitely has its faults, but overall I absolutely love The Hobbit. If I were to go reread any of these books right now, it would be The Hobbit. I love Bilbo. While there aren’t as many amazing characters in The Hobbit in my opinion—most of my favorites are in The Lord of the Rings—I really love Bilbo. I love following Bilbo’s story and seeing him grow as a character.
Do you agree with the order I ranked these in? If not, how would you rank them? Let me know in the comments down below.