Friday, January 17, 2020

Christopher Tolkien Has Died — Requiem!

Edit: used to be far-right? What’s going on big guy?  Sean P. Dailey?

When Sam watched Frodo pass away into the West, and was left alone,  it was one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. This news about Christopher Tolkien passing to his reward, is sadder still.

Let us not forsake him now, whose generous spirit and labor on his father’s work, brought so much spiritual nourishment in this dark age and pray for his salvation if he suffers in purgatory.   +Amen

[Chaos and Old Night] have just a few quick words about Christopher Tolkien, who died Thursday, aged 95.
Christopher Tolkien will go down in history as a person who left behind a mighty literary legacy—of writings that were not his own. Rather, as the literary executor of his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mr. Tolkien edited and published almost two dozen of his father’s works after the elder Tolkien died in 1973.
The most enduring of these is The Silmarillion, published in 1977, the fruit of four years of Mr. Tolkien laboring on and organizing his father’s manuscripts. According to the New York Times, Tolkien scholars and fans around the world wondered just how much of The Silmarillionwas his father’s work and how much was Christopher’s. As resourceful as a hobbit, Mr. Tolkien answered thusly:
In response, Christopher produced the 12-volume “The History of Middle-earth” (1996), a compilation of drafts, fragments, rewrites, marginal notes and other writings culled from 70 boxes of unpublished material. It showed that virtually everything he had published had come from his father’s hand.


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