The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are some of my favorites, but they can be a little difficult to get through at times. Inspired by my own forgetfulness and confusion, these visual aids are intended as basic references of names and terms appearing in Tolkien’s works, including (but not limited to) The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. Creating these has been a useful exercise for me, and I hope they will prove helpful to others, as well. Comments and corrections (preferably with citations of sources) are most welcome; these graphics have been researched, but only with materials I have on hand.
The Silmarillion: Overview
This graphic looks at some of the major players in Tolkien’s Silmarillion and attempts to organize them in such a way that makes their relationship to each other clear. The mythic beings are at the top, and Middle Earth’s inhabitants below.
Download | PNG | Created January 2011, updated March 2013
The Half-Elven Line
There are plenty of Lord of the Rings family trees, but I haven’t seen one for the Half-elven line that made it readily apparent which individuals are Elves, which are Half-elves, and which are men. That’s exactly what I’ve attempted to accomplish here. Note that this is not a complete family tree; only Half-elves and their direct ancestors are included.
Download | PNG | Created January 2012, updated March 2013