Return to Middle-earth

by Venomous Kate

For 30 years, Christopher Tolkien has been quietly piecing together fragments of his father’s last work. Now, it’s here and I can’t wait to learn more about the struggle between good and evil in Middle-earth: "Children of Hurin," by J.R.R. Tolkien.

5 Comments to “Return to Middle-earth”

  1. Oh, I can definitely wait. Have you read The Silmarillion? Christopher has done more to destroy his father’s work then if he was a censor.

    When I read The Lord of the Rings it only had a cult following among avid science fiction/fantasy readers.

  2. O-kay … are you complaining because Christopher isn’t pure Tolkien enough or because the *fans* aren’t?

    I don’t know what you mean by “destroy.” The work was there–in bits and fragmented pieces that Christopher strung together. It’s clear throughout (I’m still talking about Silmarillion, here, not the new book) what words are Tolkien’s and what is Christopher’s narrative and explanation.

  3. All hail JRR Tolkien, the greatest literary genius of western civilization! Cower and quail before him lesser mortals Dickens, Emily, and Bard Will!! Yea and verily, Peter Jackson shall sit at his right hand for his pale, but entertaining, bit of celluloid artistry. (Bit of a fan myself. I joined the enlightened fan base in 8th grade back in the early 80s. I hope this book is good.)

  4. I know why Silmarillion was in pieces, but I have always thought that Christopher did his father a disservice by publishing notes and rough drafts. I can’t see where this book will be any different. If Christopher can write on his own then why doesn’t he.

    My reference to when I read it was to say I am NOT new to Tolkien’s legacy. I don’t judge by when someone became a fan but others do.

  5. Word is that this one is a lot more like a cohesive narrative than Silmarillion was. I don’t particularly care whether Christopher can write on his own or not; he’s chosen to conserve his father’s legacy instead. Tolkien deeply wanted Silmarillion published; that he did not live to accomplish it himself is unfortunate, but I for one would rather have it in pieces than not at all. The Ainulindalie is worth it by itself. I think Tolkien understands, and if not, well, it was his son’s call to make.