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"New" Tolkien Novel Published

April 17, 2007 03:47 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
April 17, 2007––The Children of Hurin goes on sale, 34 years after the death of its multimillion-selling author.

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s 83-year-old son Christopher compiled the new book from unfinished manuscripts left after his father’s death in 1973.

The novel tells a story that will be familiar to Tolkien aficionados. The principal events of The Children of Hurin were recounted in an earlier Tolkien title that appeared in 1977.

That book, The Silmarillion, was the first of several Tolkien manuscripts to be prepared for posthumous publication by his son Christopher, who says he works with a bare minimum of “editorial intervention.”

With its lengthy genealogies and sketched tales, The Silmarillion is a forbidding read for all but the most dedicated fans. In contrast, the new book is a more conventional fantasy novel, expected to win a wide readership.

Christopher Tolkien is not the first son of a famous author to channel his father through an unfinished novel. Ernest Hemingway’s son edited True at First Light, published in 1999. In that instance, most reviewers felt the experiment was not a success.


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