The Passing of Christopher Tolkien


I just learned that Christopher Tolkien, the son of THE Tolkien, passed away earlier this month. I had no idea and it shocked me.

While I was no huge fan of his scholarly works that he performed in editing and publishing historical books about his father’s world of Middle Earth, I acknowledge that without his drive to see the world of Middle Earth the impact of the initial Lord of the Rings probably wouldn’t be as big as it is today.

Here’s a link to his Wiki Page if you’re curious about him as a person.


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20 thoughts on “The Passing of Christopher Tolkien

  1. bormgans says:

    I’ve read that he thought the Jackson LOTR films were an abomination…

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  2. Ola G says:

    I didn’t know about it either! But I do agree with the purposes opinion that Jackson’s movies shouldn’t have been made – at least from LotR books and their author’s wishes perspective 😉

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I like the movies myself. At least the LotR trilogy.
      When you move into Hobbit territory though I am fully of the mind those shouldn’t have been made.

      I’ve often wondered if the movies ever made someone who didn’t read very much check the books out and that that decision turned them into a reader.

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  3. We were quite shook as well, but he did get pretty old so it shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise. Still sad tho. It happened the day after an actor in the Dutch Sesame Street back in the day passed away… so it was mainly the combined effect of 2 greats leaving us.

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  4. Cleo Ross says:

    Oh, that’s a shame. I didn’t know until I saw your post. Wow! He was 95! I guess that’s a perk for living in France.

    For some reason it reminds me that I still have to read The Silmarillion.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Back when I was in highschool I had “ideas” about reading the 12 book Histories of Middle Earth. Then once I’d read the Silmarillion I decided to abandon that idea. You’d probably like them more than me though…


  5. piotrek says:

    He was a rare example of a son who took really good care of his father’s literary legacy 😦
    I like the movies, a lot, but I respect his stance. Totally justified when it comes to the Hobbit movie trilogy… and I’m not too optimistic about the upcoming tv series.
    His editorial work, his guardianship of the whole Tolkienian lore… he secured Tolkien’s position, and I think JRRT is such a giant looming over today’s genre partially thanks to Christopher!

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  6. salonimore1702 says:

    I was quite devastated when I read about this on Reddit a week or so back. It’s astonishing just how much work he did to preserve his father’s work. Admirable too.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Very admirable. Especially that he never tried to change things to make himself look like a bigger influence than he was. If you want a contrast, look at what Brian Herbert did with his father’s Dune series 😦

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  7. I saw this on the Internet at the time. My dad was a big fan of his father’s work but he couldn’t get through the Middle Earth histories!

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  8. I didn’t know about this too. I wonder if anyone could bring an even BIGGER change to the genre than Tolkien ever did, if it’s not going to come from a Tolkien today…

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  9. […] also found out that Christopher Tolkien had passed away. Makes me wonder what is on the horizon now that the strict gate keeper is gone.  […]


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