Skip to comments.New Tolkien epic to be released in April
Posted on 03/26/2007 3:21:35 PM PDT by Caleb1411
An unfinished book by J.R.R. Tolkien that was completed by his son will be published April 17 in Canada, New Zealand, the U.S. and the U.K.
Christopher Tolkien, son of the man who wrote the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has completed The Children of Hurin, a book his father started in 1918 and later abandoned.
J.R.R. Tolkien, shown in a 1967 photo, left notes and an outline for The Children of Hurin, a novel finished by his son and to be published in April. (Associated Press) Publisher HarperCollins is not releasing details of the book, but describes it as "an epic story of adventure, tragedy, fellowship and heroism."
The younger Tolkien previously drafted The Silmarillion and History of Middle Earth from drafts of his father's work.
The Children of Hurin will be illustrated by artist Alan Lee, who won an Oscar for art direction on Peter Jackson's film The Return of the King.
Lee has provided 25 pencil sketches and eight paintings for the book.
Parts of the text of The Children of Hurin, which takes place in Middle Earth before the events of Lord of the Rings, have appeared in History of Middle Earth.
Tolkien said he has worked on the book for 30 years based on unfinished pieces and outlines done by his father.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.
kidding, i'm a nerd too.
Excellent. I have the Book of Lost Tales and Unfinished Tales, which have some very good things in them. These are part of the Works of Tolkien that Christopher T. has edited. And I think I have all Tolkien's minor works, including the Father Christmas tales.
I believe the correct term is "geek".
not sure. i am a star trek:tng guy so i am usually called a nerd. star wars nerd is also heavily used. what do they call lord of the rings enthusiasts? might warrant further investigation.
I have since re-read it two more times and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. I'm hoping something similar will happen with this book and, if so, it will be widely read.
There are some great lessons in character, faith and courage in the J.R.R. Tolkien works that could benefit anyone.
The term is, "Ringers".
Of which I am all-too-proud to claim!
That's very odd. I usually see the term 'geek' associated with Sci-fi/fantasy fans. Either way, it's a label I proudly wear!
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I have all those and several other Tolkein books. Please tell me how to understand the wonderful adventures he has in them. I get so lost trying to read through them and get about 100 pages in and then have to go into rehab for two weeks to recover. I have read the trilogy three times and still do not completely understand it.
Tolkein was a master. I wish there were more like him.
Is it Ringers or Rangers?
"Ringer", in the language of the fen (plural of fan), refers to someone who is deep into the lore around the Professor's epic - not just the story itself, which is by and large one of the greatest literary triumphs of the 20th Century - but the methods he used when writing, the languages he created, and the philosophy that molded the Professor's worldview.
LOL! It's "Ringers"...
The basic premise of the LOTR is simple: Evil must be confronted, and there is no person, great or small, wise or simple, noble or commoner, who does not have something they can contribute to the fight.
We cannot defeat every evil that faces us - but we can work our butts off to deal with the evils we can, now, today, so that someone won't have to face them tomorrow.
And oh, every aspiring writer in the genre (myself included) wishes each night on the evening star for even the least of the professor's gifts.
WooHoo! I'll have to keep a look out for this one!
One of the best stories in The Silmarillon, the children of Hurin is mainly about Turin and Glaurung. The story also pirouettes around the Fall of Gondolin, the story of Beren and Luthien and is the begining of the end of the gray Kingdom that was protected by the enchanted Girdle of Melian and the Wise rule of Thingol the Gray elf and contains Glimpses of the original Dark Lord- Melkor or Morgoth. Combining elements of Tragedy, heroism and self sacrifice, this is one story that should translate well in to the silver screen! Are you listening, Peter Jackson?
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