I've read these books about the history of Middle-Earth.

  • The Shaping of Middle-earth
  • The Return of the Shadow
  • The Treason of Isengard
  • The War of the Ring
  • Sauron Defeated

and really liked them.

What other books by Tolkien (father or son) detail the history of Middle-Earth?

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    The books you have read are part of the 12-volume series called literally the "History of Middle Earth". You can find more details here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_Middle-earth. The wiki article of Tolkien's Legendarium might also be helpful.
    – Shisa
    Jul 16, 2014 at 14:01

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I have learnt a lot from The Letters of J.R.R. Tokien. You have to do some fishing around, but there are gems hidden in it.

As a Tengwar exercise, The Road Goes Ever On (a song book with Donald Swan) can be fun, also these are "canonical", "Tolkien-approved" songs. He even made the melody of Ai! Laurie Lantar Lasse Surinen! himself, as a sort of Gregorian tune.

Of course, the Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales are both important works, both containing stories from the First to the Third Age.

If you want all the tragedy of Turin's story, read The Children of Hurin for all the wonderful details.

If, like me, you like Pauline Baynes' illustrations (which are also "Tolkien-approved"), I urge you to have a look at Bilbo's Last Song and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (The latter also contains more written information).

I think that's mostly it.

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