J. R. R. Tolkien may be more commonly known for his signature The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books, but the author has had a number of works published posthumously due to the help of his son, Christopher Tolkien. Now, the Tolkiens are planning to release their newest addition to the very same universe of their signature series.
J. R. R. Tolkien with a young Christopher | Image via TheOneRing.net
After J. R. R. Tolkien published his first works, the author wanted to write about earlier events in the same world. He had wanted to write an entire backstory for the universe he created, and in doing so would create somewhat of an outline for the events before The Hobbit. However, he was unable to publish his collections of early stories; leading to the elder Tolkien to continue fixing each story of what is now commonly known as his “lost works”.
The younger Tolkien, Christopher, stepped in and helped to publish his deceased father’s work as best he could. He has already helped complete, edit, and publish many of his father’s later or otherwise unfinished and unpublished works. These include The Silmarrillion, The History of Middle Earth, and The Children of Húrin.
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The Tolkiens’ newest entry may very well be the last. The Fall of Gondolin is a prequel of sorts. The plot revolves around a young prince name Tuor and his discovery of the kingdom of Gondolin. During the setting of the story, Sauron’s mentor, Morgoth is the main antagonist of the world; taking over kingdoms without mercy or restraint. The book is said to go over several important historical points in the Middle Earth history that we’ve all known to grow to love.
You can expect to read The Fall of Gondolin this Thursday. If you haven’t already read the other lost Tolkien stories, be sure to grab the complete collection this October on the day before Halloween. He may have been dead for a while, but Tolkien and his family have shown that his memory is very much alive in his more recent works.
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