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Christopher Tolkien has died

Christopher Tolkien has died today, 16.1.2020., at 95 years of age. He was responsible for drawing the original maps in Lord of the Rings, and when his father died in 1973., Christopher continued his work, organizing J.R.R.T.’s notes and unfinished stories. Accordingly, he edited and published Unfinished Tales in 1980., 12-volume History of Middle-Earth in 1982. – 1996., The Children of Hurin in 1997., The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrin in 2009., The Fall of Arthur in 2013., Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary in 2014., Beren and Luthien in 2017., The Fall of Gondolin in 2018.. He also criticized film adaptations of Lord of the Rings, stating that “They gutted the book, making an action film for 15 to 25-year-olds.”, and that thanks to the movies “Tolkien has become a monster”, as movies had removed the philosophical and aesthetic scope of Tolkien’s creation. He stepped down from Tolkien Estate in 2017.

Christopher won the Bodley Medal in 2016, for his outstanding contribution to literature, culture, science, and communication. He is responsible for the creation of the field of Tolkienic studies, and had brought onto light of day the entirety of Tolkien’s opus beyond his four-novel series (The Hobbit and three The Lord of the Rings books). J.R.R. Tolkien used his son’s map during writing of Lord of the Rings.

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