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Elijah Wood Tribute to Christopher Tolkien

A sad day for the LOTR fandom

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Christopher Tolkien, is the name every die-hard fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the rings is familiar with. He was born in England in 1924 and died at age 95 in France. The literary society devoted to the life and works of the author and academic J. R. R. Tolkien (father of Christopher Tolkien) expressed their condolences to the family.

The author devoted his life, editing and publishing the works of his father. His works include creating the map of the middle-earth in 1954. The works of the Tolkien authors are highly acclaimed and were adapted into record-breaking movies – The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit series. The actor Elijah Wood who plays Frodo Baggins in the movies, also took to twitter to express the loss he felt. Whereas, in the Hobbit series, Elijah wood only appears in the first part.

J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien’s (1892-1973) most famous works include The Hobbit in 1937 and The Lord of The Rings (1954-1955). In addition, he published numerous books throughout his lifetime which the Tolkien society has recorded on their website. Not only was he an author but also a volunteer during World War I.

Christopher Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien like his father, was a linguist and taught at Oxford, and was his father’s literary executor. His father was a perfectionist, and he wrote far more about the world in which his famous books were set. He never got to publish the legends and mythologies he wrote. Christopher Tolkien organized and edited this work of his father and published The Silmarillion in 1977. 

Christopher Tolkien rummaged through 70 boxes of his father’s unpublished work, edited and published the work set in the world of Middle-earth. But The Silmarillion’s significance exceeds the others. The reason behind it is that it helps understand Tolkien’s world, middle-earth’s ancient history and provides context for the series unanswered questions.

Not a fan of the movies

As per his opinion, there should have been no adaptations of the books, because they have twisted the essence of the book and turned them into an action series. Therefore, I end this with a recommendation, that the geniuses spilled in a book can never be captured by a movie. So read Tolkien’s work and be mesmerized.

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