2021 is going to be a big year for Tolkien enthusiasts. Fans of the works of Tolkien are in for a treat this year as a series of previously unpublished essays, written by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, are set to be released sometime in June of this year.
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BY ARIELLE WOLFE-FRITZ, FEBRUARY 23, 2021
Publisher HarperCollins is picking up some of the lesser-known essays written by J.R.R. Tolkien and giving fans of the world of Tolkien, something to nerd out to. The Nature of Middle Earth, a collection of essays written by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, is set to be released this summer.
Among some of these essays are stories that further our understanding of the history of Middle Earth and its inhabitants. Elaboration on the nature of Elven immortality, descriptions of the lands of Númenor and its inhabitants, as well as the geography of the mighty kingdom of Gondor are just some of the material that can be expected. After the death of Christopher Tolkien, the son of J.R.R. Tolkien, the Tolkien estate took over management of the works of this treasured fantasy author and they have officially given the green light to the publication of these essays. The head of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, Carl F Hostetter, who also had the pleasure of working with Christopher Tolkien, will be editing these works.
Topics include Elvish immortality and reincarnation; the nature of the Valar, the god-like spirits of Middle-earth; the lands and beasts of Númenor; the geography of the kingdom of Gondor; and even who had beards.
-Alison Flood, Inside Hook
What Magic Awaits us in 2021?
It has long been a topic of debate within the realms of LOTR fandom whether or not the female dwarves of Tolkien's fictional world were able to grow facial hair. Fans will be pleased to know that within this highly anticipated publication, the answer may finally be revealed.
Children and adults all over the world have fallen in love with the world of Middle Earth and the numerous stories that tell of the people of Arda and its fascinating history. The first book that introduced us to the world of Middle earth, The Hobbit, was published in 1937 and is considered a beloved children's classic. Tolkien continued to write and elaborate on the history and mythology of Middle Earth up until his passing, and many of these stories will now be added to the collections that we hold so dear.
This new collection is a veritable treasure-trove offering readers a chance to peer over Professor Tolkien's shoulder at the very moment of discovery: and on every page, Middle-earth is once again brought to extraordinary life.
-Chris Smith, HarperCollins Deputy Publishing Director
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Arielle Wolfe-Fritz is a creative writing enthusiast, researches anthropology and folklore. Through her captivating mini-docuseries, collaborations, and multi-media projects, she inspires people across the world to open their minds to the sociological, anthropological, and historical aspects of legends and folklore.
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