JRR Tolkien’s Final Book Published

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

The Fall of Gondolin by JRR Tolkien was published last August 30. Reports say that the short story could be the author’s final posthumous book.

The Fall of Gondolin

The story details the founding of the elven city of Gondolin and occurs after the events in The Tale of Beren and Luthien, published in 2017. Both stories are considered part of Tolkien’s The Lost Tales.

The Tale OF Beren and Luthien

The book was edited by Christopher Tolkien, son of JRR Tolkien, who writes in the preface that the book is “indubitably the last.” Christopher Tolkien collected different versions of the story written by his father presumably from 1917 to 1951. The book contains all the versions written by Tolkien, with additional notes and explanations from Christopher. The story is said to be one of the first about Middle-Earth that Tolkien has ever written.

The book may not only be JRR Tolkien's last publication but also Christopher’s. The younger Tolkien resigned as the director of his father's estate in 2017. Despite the book being the author’s last chronologically, it doesn’t seem that Tolkien will be forgotten anytime soon. The rights for a Lord of the Rings series was bought by Amazon soon after Christopher Tolkien’s resignation.


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