Christopher Tolkien Dies: Literary Executor For Father J.R.R

Christopher Tolkien Dies: Literary Executor For Father J.R.R

Christopher Tolkien Dies: Literary Executor For Father J.R.R

A social media user commented: "Everyone who loves the work of JRR Tolkien also owes a tremendous debt to Christopher's tireless work bringing more of his father's stories to the world".

"It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Tolkien's son and literary executor Christopher Tolkien has died aged 95", the Tolkien Society said in a report.

The Tolkien Society announced his death this morning, sending its "deepest condolences to the Tolkien Family".

Christopher Tolkien was born in Leeds, northern England, on 21 November, 1924, his father's third and youngest son.

Christopher spent his childhood in Oxford and went on to serve in the Royal Air Force, where he was stationed in South Africa during World War II, according to the Society's statement.

After his father's death, Christopher Tolkien continued to build his legacy.

His son was left to sift through the files and notebooks and over the two decades after his father's death, he published The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, Beren And Lúthien and The History of Middle-earth, which fleshed out the complex world of elves and dwarves created by his father.

Christopher was fiercely protective of J.R.R.'s legacy, and was famously critical of how both his father and his stories were portrayed, most recently in April upon the release of the film Tolkien, which starred Nicholas Hoult as the author.

He also drew the original maps that adorned the trilogy of books released in the 1950s.

"Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95", the org tweeted. He said, "They gutted the book, making an action film for 15 to 25-year-olds". The prequel to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books and movies, The Silmarillion - which was picked up to be made into a TV show for Amazon Prime in 2019 - explores the origins of Middle-earth while setting the stage for The Hobbit series.

English writer J. R. R. Tolkien in his study at Merton College, Oxford in December 1955.

According to publisher HarperCollins, Tolkien edited or oversaw the publication of 24 editions of his father's works.

"Christopher's commitment to his father's works has seen dozens of publications released, and his own work as an academic in Oxford demonstrates his ability and skill as a scholar", Gunner added.

Survivors include his wife, Baillie Tolkien; his sister, Priscilla; and three children, Simon, Adam and Rachel.

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