Selected Fantasy Books

Donaldson     Farmer    Tolkein    

Books by J.R.R. Tolkein

The Hobbit

There and Back Again

Bilbo Baggins assists several dwarves recover treasure from a dragon's clutches.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Ring Sets Out

Frodo Baggins and three hobbit companions journey to bring the One Ring to Rivendell.

The Ring Goes South

After the Council of Elrond, Gandalf, Bilbo and seven others form a fellowship to destroy the One Ring, as they quest towards Mordor.

The Two Towers

The Treason of Isengard

The fragmented fellowship continue on separate ways after Boromir's death. Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas meet up with the presumed-dead Gandalf. Merry and Pippin encounter the Ents.

The Ring Goes East

Frodo and Sam encounter Gollum, who leads them to a spider's lair.

The Return of the King

The War of the Ring

The remaining members of the fellowship (minus Sam and Frodo) engage in battle with Sauron's forces.

The Return of the King
Both a book and a section??
Tolkein wanted the trilogy to be a set of six books, but his publisher decided to publish three books instead. This publisher chose "The Return of the King" to be the title of the third book, breaking the tradition of the first two 'double' volumes which each got a unique name.

Samwise and Frodo destroy the One Ring. Aragorn is crowned King of Gondor and the Shire is healed.

Books by Steven R. Donaldson

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever

Lord Foul's Bane

Thomas Covenant, a leper, finds himselfin a strange Land and has to recover the Staff of Law to secure the peace.

The Illearth War

Thomas Covenant returns to the Land, summoned to help protect it from Lord Foul's newly assembled army.

The Power That Preserves

Covenant is summoned to the land once again for the final confrontation with Lord Foul.

The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

The Wounded Land

Thomas Covenant and Doctor Linden Avery get transported to the Land, to find it in desolate condition.

The One Tree

Covenant and Avery leave the Land to seek the One Tree to replace the destroyed Staff of the Law.

White Gold Wielder

Returning to the Land, Covenant and Foul face off for the last? time.

Books by Philip Jose Farmer


To Your Scattered Bodies Go

British adventurer Richard Burton awakens after death in an alien land (prominently featureing a vast river), where he encounters others in the same situation. He finds a mysterious stranger who tells Burton to head toward the headwaters of the river.

The Fabulous Riverboat

Samuel Clemens is contacted by a mysterious stranger who tells him he can find metal to build a riverboat further up the river. He also encounters his wife, now in the company of Cyrano De Bergerac.

The Dark Design

Burton continues to travel up river. Another resurrectee, Peter Frigate, meets up with others also contacted by a mysterious stranger and told to head up-river. De Bergerac assists in the building of a dirigible.

The Magic Labyrinth

Several travelers make it to a giant lake near the head of the river.

Gods of Riverworld

All secrets of Riverworld are finally explained.

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