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 Appointed by J.R.R. Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the publication of his father's unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth.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 his 21st book.
Praise for The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun:
"This is the most unexpected of Tolkien's many posthumous publications; his son's `Commentary' is a model of informed accessibility; the poems stand comparison with their Eddic models, and there is little poetry in the world like those" Times Literary Supplement
"The compact verse form is ideally suited to describing impact... elsewhere it achieves a stark beauty" Telegraph