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New Tolkien Novel Coming May 2009

HarperCollins publishing one of J.R.R Tolkien's works.

By Jarrod Sarafin     January 08, 2009
Source: TheBookSeller

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J.R.R. Tolkien may have sailed from Grey Havens over 35 years ago at the age of 81 but his numerous works live on. HarperCollins has announced their plan to publish a new book by the late "Lord of the Rings" author J R R Tolkien, reports TheBookSeller. The novel "The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún" will be edited-introduced by Tolkien’s son Christopher and will be published in hardback in May 2009.

The previously unpublished work was written while Tolkien was professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University during the 1920s and '30s, before he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The publication will make available for the first time Tolkien’s extensive retelling in English narrative verse of the epic Norse tales of Sigurd the Völsung and the Fall of the Niflungs.

Christopher Tolkien edited Tolkien's most recent title "The Children of Húrin" in 2007. More information the upcoming novel will be revealed as we near the publication date.


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StarlightGuard 1/8/2009 4:14:11 AM

Doesn't it make you all warm and fuzzy inside, Jarrod, knowing that Chris Tolkien keeps editing and publishing his daddy's work?

I still see nothing wrong with it.

Handing off all intellectual property to a competent relative is the best way to make sure the material doesn't just sit there, unread.

A friend of mine has declared all her intellectual property becomes mine if she ends up dead or something.

I often tell her shut the hell up and write the goddamned book.

Hobbs 1/8/2009 7:24:22 AM

J.R.R. Tolkien is the hardest working dead writer out there!


almostunbiased 1/8/2009 12:32:26 PM

I didn't read Children of Hurin.  Was it any good?  Anyone read it?

Hobbs 1/8/2009 1:39:26 PM wasn't bad.  The story is told in an archaic narrative voice so if you can get past that you might enjoy it but then again I have friends that love the same kind of books I do but hated Hurin for that reason....all depends on you.  Personally I liked it because it had a way of telling a J.R.R. Tolkien novel without trying to be him.  It's not like Brian Herbert butchering Frank's Dune novels...

It takes place in the first age of men so you don't get any Hobbits in it.  It's a good background book to LOTR. 

tombaker 1/12/2009 4:48:26 AM

Tolkein is the Tu Pac of literary cirlces...



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