J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the
Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 60 languages
worldwide. He died in 1973 at the age of 81.
Christopher Tolkien is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by J.R.R. Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the publication of his father's unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth.
"This is long-awaited, and hugely exciting for Tolkien readers" The Guardian
"If he had never written The Lord of the Rings he would have
been famous in academic circles for writing one published lecture
on Beowulf called The Monsters and the Critics. It turned things
upside down. Beowulf was probably the medieval text that influenced
him the most and the commentary and lectures are `nuggets of
"A tantalising prospect. Tolkien's translation of Sir Gawain is
a master class in linguistic chicanery - Middle English meets
Middle Earth... it will be interesting to see if it gives Heaney's
Beowulf a run for its money"
Simon Armitage, The Guardian