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RIP Christopher Tolkien
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Chen G.
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Jan 16, 5:45pm

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Died in France at the age of 95, after having edited and published much of his father's writings.

RIP


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Thor 'n' Oakenshield
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Jan 16, 6:27pm

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He will be sorely missed by the entire Tolkien community. He tried very hard to preserve his father's incredible legacy for so many years, and now that responsibility will be passed on to his children, and to the rest of the Tolkien family. Thank you, Christopher, for everything: The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, The Histories Of Middle-earth - without those, where would be? I'm eternally grateful to Christopher, and I will never forget all his many accomplishments.

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DanielLB
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Jan 16, 6:38pm

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I don't really have much to say, other than thank you Christopher for continuing Tolkien's legacy.

My bookshelf would look a lot different without Christopher Tolkien ~ it really is quite something that new material could be released so many years after Tolkien's death.

His devotion made sure, for all of us and for future generations, that there are plenty of reasons to simply go back to the book/s and read what his father created.

Rest in Peace.


Voronwë_the_Faithful
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Jan 16, 6:38pm

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The gratitude that I have for his tireless work at bringing his father's writings to light can not be stated, and I will not try.

Rest in peace, and thank you.

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FrogmortonJustice65
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Jan 16, 7:06pm

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I didn't always agree with his more blistering critiques of the LOTR/Hobbit films, but he was indispensable in making Middle Earth what it is.

It's my understanding that JRRT read drafts of The Hobbit and LOTR to Christopher as a child, and that he offered feedback and criticism. He also deserves immense credit for publishing manuscripts such as Children of Hurin, Fall of Gondolin, etc. A very accomplished man who was committed to preserving and celebrating his father's legacy.


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Beleg Cúthalion
Erihs Eht


Jan 16, 7:15pm

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It is very saddening to hear this news. Christopher gave the world so much, and his very heroic efforts to uphold the legacy of his father will be sorely missed by all. I am eternally indebted to Christopher for the wonders that he has given us over his long career as editor of his father's works. He now joins his father in the West, where he can finally rest in peace.

You have honored your father in the highest possible way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Christopher.


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Jan 16, 7:17pm

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What a legend to bring us do many of tolkiens unfinished works and a man of complete principal. I can't help but feel an era of tolkiens work in the wider world has come to an end and a new one will begin.

His protection of tolkiens legacy is his greatest achievement, and I hope those principals are kept moving forward.


Aragorn the Elfstone
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Jan 16, 7:21pm

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This is heartbreaking. I know he lived a full life, but...it hurts.

Thank you, Christopher. You gave us all so much. Heart

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Altaira
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Jan 16, 7:32pm

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Christopher Tolkien story from the Home Page.
I also made the link to the French version clickable in the root post for those of you who parlez Francais.
Very, very sad news. He will be dearly missed. Heart


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Cirashala
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Jan 16, 7:46pm

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RIP Mr. Tolkien [In reply to] Can't Post

and thank you for enriching the world of ME with all the posthumous publications of your father's work.

Does anyone know who is in charge of the estate now?

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Jan 16, 7:46pm

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He leaves an immense legacy. I'm very grateful (along with millions of other readers) for his labours in ensuring that so much of his father's work saw the light of day.

May he rest in peace.


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dormouse
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Jan 16, 8:08pm

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We owe him so much.

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that I have never seen:
in every wood and every spring
there is a different green. . .


squire
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Jan 16, 8:09pm

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How sad, though not unexpected, to know he has gone.

I remember reading a while ago a tribute to Christopher Tolkien, perhaps by a member of the Unwin family, the Tolkiens' publishers. He said that the world has profited from the work of J.R.R.Tolkien being produced over two lifetimes: that of the father and then the son.

In short, Christopher devoted his professional life to continuing the professional life of his father. And so we fans of Tolkien in 2020 have so much, much more of the late Prof's work to read, enjoy, and study than we have had any right to expect, since his passing in ... wait for it ...1973.

One must assume Christopher had aspirations to make a name for himself as an original scholar in northern languages and literature, as he had been doing in the 1960s and 70s. But he freely abandoned his own dreams when called to this mammoth task, and slipped into his father's literary shadow for the rest of his very long life.


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Ataahua
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Jan 16, 8:58pm

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That's a gorgeous painting, squire. [In reply to] Can't Post

With Christopher's passing, we've lost a direct link to the Professor. His father's work became his own life's work, and we're the better for it.

RIP.

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Jan 16, 9:11pm

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Terribly sad news. RIP Christopher. [In reply to] Can't Post

His work in carrying on his father's legacy cannot be understated. We have a lot to thank him for. Thank you, sir. RIP. :(


Solicitr
NahoR


Jan 16, 9:17pm

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The world will miss his scholarship (although he did announce an end to that after Gondolin); but the world has also lost a supple mind that, like his father's knew an awful lot of things about an awful lot of things- and was, moreover, incredibly witty and amusing.

RIP.


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Latrommi


Jan 16, 9:45pm

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I'm so grateful to him for all he's given us. In 1973 I grieved, not only because a beloved author can feel like a friend, but also because I thought "We'll never get the Silmarillion now." CRT gave us not only the Sil but so much more.

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Jan 16, 9:49pm

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One must assume Christopher had aspirations to make a name for himself as an original scholar in northern languages and literature, as he had been doing in the 1960s and 70s. But he freely abandoned his own dreams when called to this mammoth task, and slipped into his father's literary shadow for the rest of his very long life.

Thank you, sir.


He did so incredibly much for all of us.

Thanks for your words, Squire, and for sharing that lovely painting,

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diedye
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Jan 16, 10:05pm

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The end of an era... :( [In reply to] Can't Post

Without out him, the wonderful works his father had squirreled away would never have seen the light of day.

God Bless. God Keep.



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Solicitr
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Jan 16, 10:16pm

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One must assume Christopher had aspirations to make a name for himself as an original scholar in northern languages and literature, as he had been doing in the 1960s and 70s. But he freely abandoned his own dreams when called to this mammoth task, and slipped into his father's literary shadow for the rest of his very long life.


CT found he didn't like academia and was more than happy to leave.


grammaboodawg
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Jan 16, 10:18pm

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Such a meaningful life. But for him, so much of his father's work would have been lost to us. Such a sad day, but still filled with gratitude and love.






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Althoun
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Jan 16, 11:10pm

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He has passed into the West [In reply to] Can't Post

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Jan 16, 11:20pm

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Thank you, Christopher. [In reply to] Can't Post

You continued your father's work for another 46 years...could any fandom be more blessed?

Rest at peace in the Light, dear sir. Heart


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Solicitr
NahoR


Jan 16, 11:38pm

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This was Christopher's last public appearance, just under a year ago. It was the unveiling of a series of Aubusson tapestries based on his father's paintings.

His speech (in French) is very touching. Fortunately subtitled!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQmh_Sfq88Y

(is there no way to embed videos?)




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Ataahua
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Jan 17, 12:17am

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I've embedded it for you, and here's a link to Silverlode's instructions for future reference: http://newboards.theonering.net/...latest_reply;so=ASC;

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

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