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Which unfinished story do you most wish Tolkien had finished?
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Feb 19 2017, 8:55pm

Post #26 of 27 (461 views)
It was never even begun - only a plot outline was written down. [In reply to] Can't Post

I think the outline of a Farmer Giles sequel exists, and has been published in a recent deluxe edition of the book.

In his Letters, Tolkien for a while tried to satisfy his publishers' request for something to follow The Hobbit's success, by sending them 'Farmer Giles' and some ideas for a sequel or sequels. The idea was to create a selection of 'stories from the Little Kingdom', or some such. Tolkien admitted that his 'Lord of the Ring' project was a much more substantial and worthwhile piece, but he was worried that it was taking too long.

From Letter 36, Feb. 10, 1939, to C. A. Furth at Allen & Unwin, we get a quick reference to the sequel idea:
Did Farmer Giles in the enlarged form meet with any sort of approval? (I received the typescript safely.) Is it worth anything? Are two more stories, or any more stories of the Little Kingdom, worth contemplating? For instance the completion in the same form of the adventures of Prince George (the farmer's son) and the fat boy Suovetaurilius (vulgarly Suet), and the Battle of Otmoor. I just wonder whether this local family game played in the country just round us is more than silly. [bold by squire.]
In later letters, through the 1940s, Tolkien referred several more times to this idea of a Farmer GIles lengendarium, even after his publishers put the slim little book out by itself, but he never developed more than the outline or plot/character sketch referred to above. As he put it, the growing LotR story, and its increasing links to his Silmarilion cycle, had absorbed all of his creative energies.

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Feb 19 2017, 9:48pm

Post #27 of 27 (452 views)
Neat. [In reply to] Can't Post

Something else for me to read when I get to heaven. Smile

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. -Psalm 107

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