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Christopher Tolkien

Biography

Christopher Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably THE SILMARILLION, UNFINISHED TALES and THE HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH.

Christopher Tolkien

Books by Christopher Tolkien

written by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, with illustrations by Alan Lee - Fantasy, Fiction

In this book, Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded. But that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father's own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.

written by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien - Fantasy, Fiction, Literary Criticism

The translation of BEOWULF by J. R. R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seemed never to have considered its publication. This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to also form a commentary on the translation in this book.

by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Poetry

THE FALL OF ARTHUR, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain, may well be regarded as his finest and most skillful achievement in the use of the Old English alliterative metre. Unhappily, it was one of several long narrative poems that he abandoned. Associated with the text of the poem, however, are many manuscript pages in which the strange evolution of the poem’s structure is revealed, together with narrative synopses and very significant notes.