After four books and several appendices published during his lifetime and four posthumously published works, one would think that everything J.. . R.. . R.. . Tolkien wrote about Middle-earth would be out there, but you’d be wrong. A previously unpublished series of Essays by the Father of Modern Fantasy is set to hit shelves in 2021, covering any questions you may still have about Middle-earth.
The Nature of Middle-earth will be published by HarperCollins next June and will include several essays – yes, the nature of Middle-earth – that have never been seen before. The publication is supervised by the Tolkien estate and the collection is edited by Carl F.. Hostetter, a Tolkien expert with the coolest nerd title I’ve ever seen: “Director of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship. “This is really a thing and it’s great!
Tolkien first published The Hobbit in 1937 and returned to Middle Erth in The Lord of the Rings in 1954 and 1955, but that was only the beginning of his writings on the fantasy realm. Tolkien continued to write about Middle-earth until his death in 1973, and as his works and the world he created grew in popularity over the years, much of those works were slowly published.
Most of Tolkien’s posthumous output was overseen by his son Christopher, who died in January this year at the age of 95. The first posthumous work was The Silmarillion, published in 1977. Unfinished Tales followed in 1980 and then History of Middle Earth, both of which contained fragmentary contents of what was essentially Tolkien’s draft folder. However, following the success of the Peter Jackson films, The Children of Húrin was released in 2007. Since then, other Tolkien translations and poems have also been published.
And we will see more very soon! The new material, due out next summer, will tackle new topics that, according to the announcement in The Guardian, things like the geography and zoology of Númenor and Gondor, the nature of the god-like spirits of Middle-earth known as Valar and natural . . . Beards.
Yes. Indeed, the question of who could grow a beard is a central theme in Middle-earth science, especially in relation to whether elves can grow them and the still controversial question of whether dwarf women grow beards. I’m particularly interested in that! Its release next summer could also coincide with a renewed interest in Middle-earth thanks to Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series set in the second age.
Well, if we could only get Tolkien’s take on what he thought of Leoonard Nimoy’s 1967 hit « The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins ». ”
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