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An unpublished poem of Tolkien will be released in 2013

An unpublished poem of Tolkien will be released in 2013

The publisher Harper Collins has announced the publication , in May 2013, in an unpublished written by JRR Tolkien (1892-1973). The work, which is unfinished, is inspired by the legends of the Arthurian cycle, is around 200 pages and was written before 1932, the date of publication of The Hobbit, its title: The Fall of Arthur.

Although Tolkien never finished the poem was known of its existence thanks to the biography of the author who wrote Humphrey Carpenter. Tolkien also mentioned occasionally in his correspondence. The Fall of Arthur (The Fall of Arthur) is founded in the medieval stories about Arthur of Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas Malory, especially delves into his later years at the head of the Order Roundtable.

These are the first lines of the poem:

Arthur eastward in arms purposed
to wage his war on the wild marches,
over seas sailing to Saxon lands,
Roman ruin from the defending realm.
THUS the tides of time to turn backward
and the heathen to humble, urged us hope his him,
ships with harrying That Should They hunt no more
on the shining shores and shallow waters
of South Britain, seeking booty.

Tolkien fans will be excited at the prospect of reading a work that has been “locked up” more than eighty years, and is that the poem was preserved in a section closed for the Bodleian Library at Oxford, the prestigious Library Tolkien University where he taught literature and language.

Those responsible for Harper Collins openly declare their surprise they believed they could never publish the work:

Years ago we spoke with Tolkien’s son, Christopher. We said no to the publication because the poem was not finished. A few months ago we phoned saying he had changed his mind and sent the manuscript.

The editorial published The Fall of Arthur with three essays that will deepen the figure of the king and the obvious relationship between myth and Arthurian Middle Earth:

Explore the literary world … King Arthur, reveal the deep meaning of the verses and the painstaking work that Tolkien made to get a job conclusive, and the intricate links between the fall of Arthur and his greatest creation, Middle Earth.

Christopher Tolkien, son of the famous writer, was responsible for editing and comment the poem thereby facilitating its publication, as it did with the Children of Hirin, another unfinished work of his father. Christopher in a statement to The Guardian emphasizes the importance of medieval poetry in the work of the creator of the Silmarillion:

It is well known that a prominent influence lyrical work of my father was his avid passion for alliteration own XIV century poetry.

The editor of Harper Collins, Chris Smith, is full of praise to The Fall of Arthur:

Makes breathing again … one of our great heroes, freeing it from the clutches of the romantic treatment of Malory, Arthur and revealing a complex individual and as a human has to face the greatest of betrayals to defend their beloved kingdom.

Christopher Tolkien has stated that the film rights not available. The son of John Ronald Reuel has dedicated his life to preserving the rights in the unpublished writings of his father and is appalled by the cinematic treatment that has been made of the play The Lord of the Rings:

They gutted the books until they become an action movie for kids between 15 and 25 years. The distance has been created between the beauty and seriousness of the work of my father and what they have become, goes beyond what I can bear.

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