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Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R Tolkien has died aged 95

Oct 27, 2017
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Reported in the local newspaper of where he was living in France.

Be at peace Christopher. Your father's works benefited from two lifetimes of studious work and passion.
 

Hoot

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Nov 12, 2017
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Aw, that's sad. I really appreciated all his work in continuing research on his father's work and finishing some of his stories. Remember quite liking Children of Hurin.
 

Volimar

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Oct 25, 2017
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The guy always seemed painstaking in how he handled his father's work. A good family legacy.
 

hobblygobbly

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Oct 25, 2017
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RIP, I know a lot of people thought he was „uptight“ for being so protective of his father‘s work but he put a lot of work in maintaining its integrity and his own research that is part of the greater work, he could‘ve sold out the estate for a fuck ton of money if he wanted.
 

Mivey

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Oct 25, 2017
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Sad to see him pass on.
He deserves tremendous respect for treating his fathers legacy with so much care, protecting it instead of simply trying to cash in on it. like a lot of heirs to famous artists.
 

Rune Walsh

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Oct 25, 2017
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This is a big loss for Tolkien's work (both of them). He did an amazing job carrying the torch and not just living off of his inheritance.
 

Raguel

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Oct 28, 2017
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Rest now, son of Tolkien. May you see the sunrise in the west and walk upon soft green grass in the Gardens of Lorien.
 
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ultra7k

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Oct 27, 2017
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Big loss for the estate. Who carries on the works now? Wasn't one of the grandsons disowned? I recall that grandson put out a work of fiction like 15 years ago or something, but don't recall it ever amounting to much.
 

Loxley

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Oct 25, 2017
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Rest in peace :( The Middle-earth legendarium wouldn't be what it is today without him. I can only hope the next generation of the Tolkien Estate can do half as good of a job as he did keeping his father's legacy intact.
 
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sir_crocodile

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Oct 25, 2017
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RIP. Will always appreciate how seriously he took being the custodian of his fathers work. Pretty much everything he did helped to enhance it.
 
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Oct 27, 2017
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Big loss for the estate. Who carries on the works now? Wasn't one of the grandsons disowned? I recall that grandson put out a work of fiction like 15 years ago or something, but don't recall it ever amounting to much.
He stepped down as director of the Estate a while ago now. His sister, wife, Simon Tolkien and Adam Tolkien are the ones who will carry the Estate forward.

There will be no further works released I presume. The Fall of Gondolin will be last posthumously published work by J.R.R Tolkien.
 

Calamari41

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Oct 25, 2017
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He set the standard on how to curate and maintain an author's legacy.

Many would have inherited what he did and run it all into the ground for a payday, Hobbit Movie Trilogy-style.
 

Kalor

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Oct 25, 2017
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RIP

I never realized he was that old. He did a lot of good work perserving his fathers legacy.
 

EYEL1NER

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Oct 26, 2017
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Damn, I never realized how old he was. I mean, I should have, I guess. I suppose that I never really thought about it. Still, RIP.
 

JonnyDBrit

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Oct 25, 2017
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Big loss for the estate. Who carries on the works now? Wasn't one of the grandsons disowned? I recall that grandson put out a work of fiction like 15 years ago or something, but don't recall it ever amounting to much.
He and Simon reconciled
While his grandfather died in 1973, aged 81, his 87 year-old father is still alive and the pair have since “sorted out all our differences”. He dedicated his latest book to him.

“I think I see life from a different perspective,” he said.

“I guess I just feel lucky that I got the chance to put things right with my dad. I got the chance to tell him that I love him and I'm proud of him.

“But I'm grateful that he took the time to read my books and tell me that he liked them. That made me feel very fulfilled.”
 
Oct 27, 2017
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RIP

He did great work for the Middle-Earth universe. I've only read the LOTR trilogy and the Hobbit, but I'll definitely get around to reading Christopher's contributions one day.
 
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Altazor

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Oct 25, 2017
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The importance of this man to what we know as the Tolkien Legendariun cannot be understated. That we even got a published Silmarillion out of myriad of unfinished (and sometimes contradictory) writings speaks to the quality of the work he did in taking care of his father's legacy. He set the standard.

RIP, Christopher. Mine was a brighter life by having known your father's work through you. Namárië.

"...the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise."
 

Ary F.

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Oct 30, 2017
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"Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil."
 

Sabercrusader

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Oct 27, 2017
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RIP. He may have been a little too protective of his father's work at times, but no one can deny the passion and love he had for it. He truly cared about the world of Middle Earth. It was only through him that we got a much deeper dive into the lore of the world, and that was no easy feat. I hope he is remembered for years to come as the gold standard on how to handle a legendary author's estate.
 

Grym

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Oct 27, 2017
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RIP

The Tolkien legacy shines to this day due to his own work and his curation of his father's work. I have so much respect for him
 

Slime

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Oct 25, 2017
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He approached J.R.R. Tolkien's unpublished work with an academic and philological seriousness that rival his father's own studies into ancient languages and manuscripts, and because of that we know more about the mythopoetic and philological development of Middle-earth than we ever would otherwise.

As a Tolkien fan it's hard to imagine a world without The Silmarillion, but without Christopher it doesn't exist.

RIP.
 

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One of my fondest moments in recent years was going to the forest in the summer with a copy of Morgoth's Ring and just marvelling at Christopher's analysis of his father's work. That was a lovely summer's day...
 

Retroarnold

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Nov 5, 2017
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Thoughts go out to his family friends.

He did a fantastic job maintaining the legacy of his father. I've been meaning to read the Silmarillion again for a number of years. I think I'll make that my next read.
 

mhayes86

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Oct 27, 2017
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I honestly did not know he was in his 90's. RIP, and glad he was able to live a long life. What he's done to keep Middle Earth going for a second lifetime has been wonderful.