Unfinished Tolkien work to be published in '07
NEW YORK (AP) -- An unfinished tale by J.R.R. Tolkien has been edited by his son into a completed work and will be released next spring, the U.S. and British publishers announced Monday.
Christopher Tolkien has spent the past 30 years working on "The Children of Hurin," an epic tale his father began in 1918 and later abandoned. Excerpts of "The Children of Hurin," which includes the elves and dwarves of Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and other works, have been published before.
"It has seemed to me for a long time that there was a good case for presenting my father's long version of the legend of the 'Children of Hurin' as an independent work, between its own covers," Christopher Tolkien said in a statement.
The new book will be published by Houghton Mifflin in the United States and HarperCollins in England.
J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings Trilogy" has sold more than 50 million copies and was also adapted into a blockbuster, Academy Award-winning trio of films.
Get your “nerd” jokes ready, ladies, because I’m going to go into full-out Tolkien Freak mode next year. I’ve read Narn I Hin Hurin in The Silmarillion many times, but as anyone who’s read that tome will tell you, it’s dry reading since Tolkien had never finished it. With very spare dialog and almost entirely composed of narrative, it’s like slogging through thick mud.
However, it appears that the world’s foremost JRR Tolkien fan, his son Christopher, has not been content with simply putting together his late father’s notes into the dozen or more volumes he’s published over the years. Apparently, unbeknownst to the legions of Tolkien fans out there, Christopher Tolkien has been actively filling in the gaps of his father’s work, preparing it for full release as a stand-alone novel.
It will be a very tragic tale, on many orders more tragic than anything else written by Tolkien was. Of all the horrors and sorrows of the First Age of Middle Earth, I think the Narn I Hin Hurin was the most horrific and most sad.
I’m not sure what to expect from this release, but if Christopher has inherited any of his father’s ability this should be a fantastic book.