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Christopher Tolkien, Editor of “The Lord of the Rings” Passes Away

It has been reported that Christopher Tolkien, the third son of the author J.R.R. Tolkien, the creator of the epic “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died.

He was responsible for much of the editing of his father’s posthumously published work. He was a former lecturer in Old and Middle English at the University of Oxford. Fans are familiar with Tolkien’s detailed maps of Middle-earth, which was the setting of “The Lord of the Rings”.

We learnt that Christopher’s dad died in 1973, and with his commitment to his father’s work, dozens of publications have been released. Some of the publications include “The Silmarillion” in 1977 and “The Fall of Gondolin” in 2018.

Shaun Gunner, chairman of Tolkien Society, commented that Christopher was a titan and would be sorely missed.

Gunner went on to say that Christopher’s own work as an academic in Oxford demonstrated his ability and skill as a scholar.


People all over the world are extremely grateful to Christopher for bringing us ‘The Silmarillion’, ‘The Children of Hurin’ and so many other series, said Gunner.

According to the New York Times, the death of Christopher was confirmed by Daniel Klass, who is Christopher’s brother-in-law.

A local newspaper in Southeastern France reported that Christopher died on 15 Januaryin Draguignan.

Christopher was very serious about the commercialisation of his dad’s work. His life’s work was to convert all his father’s written material, some of which was found on envelopes and napkins, to keep the world his father had created alive.

Christopher was wary of the fact that his father’s work went so ‘mainstream’. Turning Tolkien into a monster who was consumed by his fame was something that bothered Christopher greatly.

Born on 21 November 1924, in Leeds, United Kingdom, Christopher joined the Royal Air Force during World War II and was stationed in South Africa.

Christopher’s memory lives on through his family’s legacy – he will never be forgotten.


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