Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Did Tolkien Love Watermelon Too?

I've been eagerly awaiting the last Harry Potter book, but didn't realize that the last J.R.R. Tolkien book was due this year too, illustrated by the wonderful Alan Lee.

For more than 30 years, Christopher Tolkien, who serves as his father's literary executor, has been bringing forth bits and pieces from the vault, rather like some Dwarvish smith trying to reforge a great Elven sword from discombobulated needles and splinters. Although The Silmarillion was a bestseller upon publication in 1977, for instance, only the hardiest of Tolkien fans have waded through its dry, haughty summaries of great deeds of the distant past.
- Salon

It is a true testament to the love I had for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings that I finished The Silmarillion, cover to cover in fifth grade, although I've never picked it up again. As for The Children of Hurin, I'm not certain that it's going on my buy-list. With much shorter reading periods these days, it's hard to focus on dense books, so I may need to save it for another year.

The same Salon article mentions that Christopher Tolkien is now 81, the same age as when his father died. I've never read much about the son, but one thinks that he must have had great respect and love for his father to finish this last great work of thirty years.

When you really love watermelon and you've finished all the pieces in your bowl, what do you do?
Drink up the juice!


Bon said...

you finished the Simarillion?!?

i bow down. i got to about page thirty and stopped dead.

glad to know about the new book, though.

Lady M said...

Only read it the one time though. It was so dry!