The Road Goes Ever On and On: Everything Tolkien - Book 2

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Postby johobbit » Jan 16, 2020 10:23 am

I just read on "The Tolkienist" that Christopher Tolkien died last night at the age of 95! He was the third child and youngest son of JRRT and Edith T. It looks like the news is just out now, so expect more info as the day/week goes on.

Tolkien Gateway has an interesting short bio of his fascinating life. He contributed so much to the Middle-earth legend, being appointed literary executor after his father's death, and was the Director of the Tolkien Estate for years. Quite the steward! He was known for being fiercely protective of his father's magnificent works.

I am so grateful for his major contributions to the ongoing Middle-earth legacy.
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Re: The Road Goes Ever On and On: Everything Tolkien - Book 2

Postby Courtenay » Jan 16, 2020 1:39 pm

Thanks for sharing this, johobbit — sad news, but he certainly lived a very long and productive life. There's nothing on the BBC's website yet, surprisingly but I've just found a report from the Guardian. He certainly did an incredible amount of work to continue his father's legacy and bring his unpublished works to light. R.I.P. Christopher Tolkien.
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Re: The Road Goes Ever On and On: Everything Tolkien - Book 2

Postby coracle » Jan 16, 2020 3:39 pm

Thank you for the link. There are several things on Facebook now.

https://www.reddit.com/r/tolkienfans/comments/epm420/christopher_tolkien_has_died/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

Here's a comment someone made on there:
I reckon the Third Age just ended.

The Third Age ended with ... the departure of Elrond ... over the sea.

If JRR and Edith were Beren and Luthien, then their descendant Christopher was clearly Elrond - although 'lesser' than they, he was the final curator and preserver of ancient lore, and incorruptible, resisting the polluting taints of commercialism.


In the 2000s I read through a lot of the background books, but only bought 'Return of the Shadow' (2002), which is the 6th in the series. This is the first of the books about LOTR. I've also got Unfinished Tales (2010).
They are only a taste of what Christopher did, but I am so grateful to him for his huge task, completed so very diligently. His father's attention to detail was clearly inherited.
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Postby johobbit » Jan 16, 2020 3:57 pm

And here is a clip of Christopher Tolkien reading the final scenes in The Lord of the Rings. I cannot hear this without weeping. So powerfully moving.

And along with all he has accomplished, I find it really sad that he is gone, having been the last remaining Inkling.
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Postby Courtenay » Jan 17, 2020 4:54 am

johobbit wrote:And here is a clip of Christopher Tolkien reading the final scenes in The Lord of the Rings. I cannot hear this without weeping. So powerfully moving.


"I will not say, do not weep; for not all tears are an evil."

(I had tears in my eyes too... thanks, johobbit.)
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Re: The Road Goes Ever On and On: Everything Tolkien - Book 2

Postby Varnafinde » Jan 20, 2020 12:12 pm

Rather sad news. He will be missed.

I'm so glad that he managed to finish The Fall of Gondolin before he left us. I feel a special connection to Gondolin, and had been hoping for that book for years - and he decided to produce it, as the last book he made.

What a loyalty he showed to his father, spending so much of his own life to make his father's works available to the world! Amazing :ymapplause:
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