April 20, 2018

Christopher Tolkien Completes Dad’s Unfinished MS

By LJ Staff

Christopher Tolkien, son of you know you, has announced the 2007 publication of The Children of Hurin, a novel based on a manuscript his father began in 1918 and later abandoned, though HoughtonMifflin. Christopher, who has edited 14 posthumous volumes of father J.R.R’s work, spent 30 years finishing the story, which takes place in the early ages of Middle-earth long before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. And while Tolkien’s work always has had its obsessive fans, the recent film adaptations have raised the bar: a housing development in Bend, OR, has been built to resemble those of Bilbo Baggins’s home turf, the Shire. According to the Nanaimo Daily News, the development (www.bendshire.com) features "faux thatched roofs, medieval signage, fireplaces with Rohan carvings, and irrigation canal dubbed Brandywine Brook, and maintenance sheds built into the hillside to look like hobbit holes." As Shire folk would say, "strange as news from Bree."