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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2007 5:19:43 PM

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34 years after the author's death: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6562757.stm

Not a huge fan myself, but have read some fair reviews for those that like pixies, midgets and dragons:

A new book by The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien has gone on sale, 34 years after the writer's death.
The Children of Hurin has been completed by his son Christopher from a series of unfinished manuscripts.

Christopher said the story, set long before the events of the Rings trilogy, represents the last major work by his father about Middle-earth.

The book has been illustrated by Alan Lee, who worked on the movie series and helped launch the book in London.

Tolkien's grandson Adam, who worked as assistant editor on the book, was also at the launch.

He said he was "sad" at how some fans have forgotten about who his grandfather actually was.

"Everyone talks about the brand , the franchise and the films. People obviously forget there's a man behind it, that he wrote it for his reasons and the books are wonderful," he added.

"I'm certainly not unhappy about the success they've had, but it's a shame that it should become a brand. It's a work of art."

'Life changing'

One fan at the launch, Australian Asher Solomon, was buying a copy for his older brother who introduced him to The Hobbit when he was 10.

"It was a life-changing moment because it was the first sort of real book that I ever read. He introduced me to the whole genre of fantasy, but the first one's always the best one," he said.

Fans will recognise several passages from the book that have already been published separately.

Christopher Tolkien previously edited another of his father's unfinished works, The Silmarillion, in 1977. This outlines the mythology of Middle-earth and includes individual tales, including that of The Children of Hurin.

Adam Tolkien worked as assistant editor on the book

"After a long study of the manuscripts, I tried to build a coherent narrative without editorial invention," Christopher said of the latest work.

Speaking to BBC Two's Newsnight Adam said the book had a different tone to the Rings trilogy.

'Beautiful tale'

He said: "It is definitely a tragic tale. I don't know what people will make of it.

"It takes place in a part of Middle-earth that doesn't exist any more when Lord of the Rings takes place but it is very much Middle-earth, it is very much the same world but it is a more serious tale."

He added: "It's a beautiful tale in itself but it may not strike a chord because people feel there aren't enough hobbits in it - because there aren't any."

The Lord of the Rings has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and was made into three hugely successful films.

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2007 6:47:09 PM

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Nice one. Have read The Silmarillion but it's pretty hard work.
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2007 11:53:42 PM

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I admit to preferring Harry Potter !!
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2007 4:00:48 AM

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SusanEngland wrote:
I admit to preferring Harry Potter !!

Are you kidding? dontknow

I loved Tolkein as a child - the movies sucked for me because they weren't half as scary as the imagery I had created in my head. Maybe that's why I find it difficult sleeping now icon_smile
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