Unfinished tale by J.R.R. Tolkien to be released
An unfinished tale by J.R.R. Tolkien has been edited by his son into a completed work and will be released next spring, American and British publishers announced Monday.
Christopher Tolkien has spent the past 30 years working on “The Children of Húrin,” an epic tale his father began in 1918 and later abandoned. Excerpts of “The Children of Húrin,” which includes the elves and dwarves of Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and other works, have been published before.
The new book will be published by Houghton Mifflin in the U.S. and HarperCollins in England. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy has sold more than 50 million copies and, of course, was adapted into a blockbuster, Academy Award-winning trio of films. A stage version is scheduled to open next year.
Always a dubious proposition, completing a work of another, but I look forward to reading it. Have any of you read the excerpts already published?