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Possibly depressing poll...which of Tolkien's abandoned/unfinished writings would you have most liked to have seen finished and published in his lifetime?
Poll: Possibly depressing poll...which of Tolkien's abandoned/unfinished writings would you have most liked to have seen finished and published in his lifetime?
The New Shadow
The Lost Road
The Notion Club Papers
The Lay of Leithian (prose or poem versions)
The Silmarillion (obviously!!!)
Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin
Aldarion and Erendis
The Farmer Giles of Ham Sequel
The Fall of Arthur
The 1960 Rewrite of The Hobbit
Narn I Hin Hurin
The Book of Lost Tales
All of them
I'm not sure
If he spent more time on these stories, would we have got The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings?
You are right, I am now depressed realising how much went unfinished...
View Results (83 votes)


Jun 15 2013, 9:51pm

Post #1 of 8 (213 views)
Possibly depressing poll...which of Tolkien's abandoned/unfinished writings would you have most liked to have seen finished and published in his lifetime? Can't Post

Although a part of me is inclined to say all of them, I would have loved to have seen Tuor and His Coming to Gondolin and Aldarion and Erendis completed (probably my two fave stories of his after LOTR) and the Prose version of the Lay of Leithian (I haven't read the whole poem yet, what I have is great...but I prefer narrative stories over poems), whilst A Farmer Giles of Ham sequel, and the 1960 rewrite of The Hobbit would have been intriguing to see, but not totally merited or posistive IMO.

Your Thoughts?

Were you glad or sad so much was left unfinshed?, do you think Tolkien would have been pleased they were publsihed as unfinsihed writings? Or was Tolkien simply too much of a 'niggler' for his own good?


Jun 15 2013, 10:59pm

Post #2 of 8 (121 views)
So very difficult! [In reply to] Can't Post

I was going through the list and mentally checking each one! I didn't want to vote for "all of them" as that seems too easy, so I forced myself to pick one. Some of the ones I didn't vote for (though I would have liked a complete version of them!) are

Beren & Luthien prose version. Seriously, this could have been as long and epic as LOTR; I'm sure of it.
The Fall of Gondolin - the starter of it all. The 1950s rewrite is great and the additional Maeglin chapter is as well.
Aldarion and Erendis! Such a fascinating glimpse into Numenorean life, and a wonderfully human tale of love and marriage.
Tal-Elmar - so tantalizing and unique. I'm sure it would have been wonderful.

I didn't vote for any of those, though. I picked "other" because you forgot one of my very favorites: The Wanderings of Hurin. The one episode of Hurin in Brethil is so wonderful, and I can only imagine what Hurin in Nargothrond would have been like, and then Hurin in Menegroth! I don't know if Tolkien originally wanted to go all the way through the Ruin of Doriath and the Necklace of the Dwarves, but I sure wish he had - all in the full narrative style of "Hurin in Brethil". Heart


Jun 15 2013, 11:23pm

Post #3 of 8 (111 views)
I haven't read the Wanderings of Huin yet, bt it sounds great... [In reply to] Can't Post

I wonder why it wasn't included in COH (Sometimes I feel Christopher Tolkien is too faifthful an editor...).

I agree though it's so hard to choose!!


Jun 15 2013, 11:34pm

Post #4 of 8 (108 views)
Not included [In reply to] Can't Post

It wasn't included (except for a brief page or so) because it's not part of the story of Turin's life. It's its own separate tale, so I'm glad it wasn't tacked on. Besides that, it's not complete, so it would have defeated the purpose of publishing a full "Children of Hurin" novel anyway.

But yes, it is great, and I can only imagine what it would have been like if it had been completed!


Jun 16 2013, 12:08am

Post #5 of 8 (115 views)
Ah Ok [In reply to] Can't Post

I am currently reading thr H.O.M.E (though not in any real order) so I'll probably read it tommorow


Jun 16 2013, 12:28am

Post #6 of 8 (93 views)
Let me know what you think! // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Jun 17 2013, 8:17pm

Post #7 of 8 (68 views)
Of Tuor and his coming to Gondolin [In reply to] Can't Post

The beginning is so promising, when you read it you almost hope this time it magically won't end. But it always does, and it's always just as dissapointing.

Lay of Leithian would have been neat to get in a form as finished as Narn I Hín Húrin, or the beginning of the Gondolin saga. Then Christopher could have published it as a separate book too.

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Jun 17 2013, 9:44pm

Post #8 of 8 (158 views)
That's mine too. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's such a frustrating point to leave off. They get to the last gate, you are just about to get a description of the Plain of Gondolin and.....that's all, folks. Hurts every time. Frown


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