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The Fall of Arthur By J. R. R. Tolkien

Posted on May 29th, 2013 by in Fantasy, Fiction, Literature, Magic

The Fall of Arthur By J. R. R. Tolkien  is a timely release in England where Albion’s historical once and future King Arthur by the Middle Ages had acquired legendary status.

Tokien’s novel recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur who, even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood is summoned back to Britain by news of the treachery of Mordred. Already weakened in spirit by Guinevere′s infidelity with the now-exiled Lancelot, Arthur must rouse his knights to battle one last time against Mordred′s rebels and foreign mercenaries.

Powerful, passionate and filled with vivid imagery it reveals Tolkien′s gift for storytelling at its brilliant best. Originally composed by J.R.R. Tolkien in the 1930s, this work was set aside for The Hobbit and has lain untouched for 80 years.

Now it has been edited for publication by Tolkien′s son, Christopher, who contributes three illuminating essays that explore the literary world of King Arthur, reveal the deeper meaning of the verses and the painstaking work that his father applied to bring it to a finished form, and the intriguing links between The Fall of Arthur and his greatest creation, Middle-earth.

About the Author

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specializing in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.

About the Novel

Currently the original Tolkien manuscript for this novel is on display at the Bodleain Libraries at Oxford for their Summer Exhibition 2013

Read a Review of the exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford of Magical Books – Middle Ages to Middle-earth including the original J.R.R. Tolkien manuscript

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