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Jan 16 2020, 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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Thank you, sir.



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Subject User Time
RIP Christopher Tolkien Chen G. Send a private message to Chen G. Jan 16 2020, 5:45pm
    Rest In Peace, Christopher... Thor 'n' Oakenshield Send a private message to Thor 'n' Oakenshield Jan 16 2020, 6:27pm
    Such sad news. Rest in Peace. DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jan 16 2020, 6:38pm
    I was very sad to hear this news VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Send a private message to VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Jan 16 2020, 6:38pm
    Rest in Peace FrogmortonJustice65 Send a private message to FrogmortonJustice65 Jan 16 2020, 7:06pm
    Very saddening news... Beleg C˙thalion Send a private message to Beleg C˙thalion Jan 16 2020, 7:15pm
    Damn balbo biggins Send a private message to balbo biggins Jan 16 2020, 7:17pm
    Rest in Peace, Christopher. Aragorn the Elfstone Send a private message to Aragorn the Elfstone Jan 16 2020, 7:21pm
    Here's a link to an English version Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Jan 16 2020, 7:32pm
    RIP Mr. Tolkien Cirashala Send a private message to Cirashala Jan 16 2020, 7:46pm
    Such sad news. Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Jan 16 2020, 7:46pm
    Sad news.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jan 16 2020, 8:08pm
    Greatheart squire Send a private message to squire Jan 16 2020, 8:09pm
        That's a gorgeous painting, squire. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jan 16 2020, 8:58pm
        Excellent point Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Jan 16 2020, 9:49pm
        Actually, Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 16 2020, 10:16pm
    Terribly sad news. RIP Christopher. Belegdir Send a private message to Belegdir Jan 16 2020, 9:11pm
    Oh, no Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 16 2020, 9:17pm
    I'm so sad and so grateful Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Jan 16 2020, 9:45pm
    The end of an era... :( diedye Send a private message to diedye Jan 16 2020, 10:05pm
    *tears* oh no.... grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jan 16 2020, 10:18pm
        For those who haven't seen it Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 16 2020, 11:38pm
            Yes, there is. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jan 17 2020, 12:17am
                Thanks! Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 17 2020, 12:39am
            Thank you for posting the link to the video. The Dude Send a private message to The Dude Jan 17 2020, 12:19am
                Yes Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 17 2020, 1:24am
        A strange coincidence grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jan 17 2020, 11:23am
    He has passed into the West Althoun Send a private message to Althoun Jan 16 2020, 11:10pm
    Thank you, Christopher. dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jan 16 2020, 11:20pm
    NamßriŰ, Christopher Tolkien... Morthoron Send a private message to Morthoron Jan 17 2020, 12:58am
        Sad to see balbo biggins Send a private message to balbo biggins Jan 17 2020, 3:07am
            Yes, that darned silver curtain squire Send a private message to squire Jan 17 2020, 12:49pm
                I've noticed that too.... BOSW Send a private message to BOSW Jan 17 2020, 2:44pm
                    Rather tiresome... The Dude Send a private message to The Dude Jan 17 2020, 3:29pm
                        Is this on-topic enough for you? BOSW Send a private message to BOSW Jan 17 2020, 4:24pm
                            If you had bothered to look a little closer... The Dude Send a private message to The Dude Jan 17 2020, 5:07pm
                        I agree. // Paulo Gabriel Send a private message to Paulo Gabriel Jan 17 2020, 4:36pm
                    yes... 2ndBreffest Send a private message to 2ndBreffest Jan 17 2020, 6:53pm
        NamßriŰ indeed... Paulo Gabriel Send a private message to Paulo Gabriel Jan 17 2020, 3:16am
    Farewell to the First Steward of Arda. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jan 17 2020, 1:03am
    I find myself speechless, or almost Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Jan 17 2020, 1:50am
    Recquiescat in pace Hasuwandil Send a private message to Hasuwandil Jan 17 2020, 2:00am
    Gutted.... BOSW Send a private message to BOSW Jan 17 2020, 3:55am
        Subject Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 17 2020, 4:21am
    Truly the end of a fellowship... kzer_za Send a private message to kzer_za Jan 17 2020, 12:51pm
        Much of LOTR itself VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Send a private message to VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Jan 17 2020, 3:34pm
            Christopher's letter to Father Christmas (1937) The Dude Send a private message to The Dude Jan 17 2020, 3:59pm
    His labors have ended Former Steward Send a private message to Former Steward Jan 17 2020, 6:01pm
        Thank you for your post, Mr. Harper. The Dude Send a private message to The Dude Jan 17 2020, 6:18pm
        Amazing! BOSW Send a private message to BOSW Jan 17 2020, 6:47pm
        Thank you Clay. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jan 17 2020, 6:58pm
        What would he have thought! balbo biggins Send a private message to balbo biggins Jan 17 2020, 7:50pm
        What a tale squire Send a private message to squire Jan 17 2020, 8:00pm
        Thank you Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Jan 17 2020, 8:09pm
            modest contact Former Steward Send a private message to Former Steward Jan 17 2020, 8:37pm
        Thank you, Clay Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Jan 18 2020, 2:01am
        Yes indeed Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 18 2020, 5:22pm
            I once wrote to Anne McCaffrey when I was a young teen Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jan 18 2020, 7:49pm
            That was indeed Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Jan 18 2020, 9:37pm
            Thanks for sharing, WCH.... Morthoron Send a private message to Morthoron Jan 19 2020, 12:56am
            Wow CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jan 20 2020, 2:02pm
                Condolences Cygnus Send a private message to Cygnus Jan 20 2020, 3:51pm
                Thanks Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 20 2020, 5:56pm
            That's an eye-opener and no mistake! VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Send a private message to VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Jan 22 2020, 6:04pm
    Condolences to the family SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jan 18 2020, 5:41am
    Sad - and grateful Noria Send a private message to Noria Jan 18 2020, 1:53pm
    Thank you Christopher Silmaril Jan 19 2020, 11:33am
    'It's a gift!' he said. sador Send a private message to sador Jan 19 2020, 3:14pm
        Perfect. Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Jan 19 2020, 4:43pm
    I knew this would be coming at some point, but ... Mari D. Send a private message to Mari D. Jan 19 2020, 4:41pm
        Yes Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 19 2020, 4:50pm
    CJRT obituary mushroom Send a private message to mushroom Jan 21 2020, 8:43pm
        Subject Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 21 2020, 11:08pm
    As I said elsewhere, we can be very thankful we got someone of Christopher's integrity and discipline kzer_za Send a private message to kzer_za Jan 23 2020, 10:32pm
        Yes Solicitr Send a private message to Solicitr Jan 24 2020, 12:22am
    We are all greatly enriched for his work. Thank you Christopher // NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Jan 27 2020, 4:00pm

 
 
 

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