J.R.R. Tolkien has a new book coming out in 2007. You heard me. John Ronald Reuel may've died in 1973, but his son--Christopher--has been releasing unfinished/near-finished works since. "The Silmarillion" and the various lost tales books are good examples of what Chris has been up to.

So J.R.R. (by way of Christopher) is releasing "Children of Hurin." There's a little accent symbol in there, which I opted out of placing. It's another story set in Middle Earth, just like the Lord of the Rings books and "the Hobbit" (and most of his other writings). It seems like it's a pared-down of "the Silmarillion," or at least one of the sections of it.

I appreciate Tolkien, but remain a distant admirer; his stylistic flourishes sometimes leave me drained of energy. Still, this fairly big news--some are ecstatic (front-page news in the UK, for more than a week), others are ready to form a mob and burn down printing houses. And you can get a glimpse of this courtesy of my friends at the A&F forums.

posted, with grace and poise, by Jason @ 9/27/2006 10:10:00 PM,


At 8:58 AM, Blogger Erica said...

What I love about Tolkien is that he didn't just write a few stories, he actually made up an entire world. He acted like he was a historian/philologist chronicling the intricacies of Middle Earth. The man wrote about them for decades, and probably would have for decades more if he'd lived longer.

A lot of great writers had fantasy lands that they made up stories about when they were little kids. C.S. Lewis, the Bronte sisters, etc, but Tolkien is the only one I know of who lived in that fantasy world throughout his adult life.

Having no imagination myself, and not being able to make up stories to save my life at this point, the fact that Tolkien made up such an intricate alternate reality is quite stunning to me, whether I prefer his style or not.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Buddy Chamberlain said...

I, unlike Miss Erica, am perfectly happy creating and living in fictional worlds... I just can't write about them very well.

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Qere Ketiv said...

Great...another reason for people to dress up with pointy ears and cloaks. Makes me think that JRR and Gene Roddenberry were actually the same person--pointy ears, cloaks (for whole ships in Star Trek!), Nazgul/William Shatner, Hobbits/William Shatner, etc.

At 8:03 PM, Blogger Buddy Chamberlain said...

Shatner does have an odd Nazgul-Hobbit aura to him, doesn't he?


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