Precious! Unreleased collection of Hobbit author JRR Tolkien’s writings exploring the world of Middle Earth will be published next year
- The anthology of essays titled The Nature of Middleearth will be released in June
- Includes unreleased writings on Elvish reincarnation and characters with beards
- Publisher Harper Collins said the new collection was ‘a veritable treasure trove’
A previously unpublished anthology of work by iconic writer JRR Tolkien is to be released next summer, a publisher has announced.
The collection of essays on topics ranging from Elvish reincarnation to which characters had beards will be called The Nature of Middleearth.
The publisher said the new collection was ‘a veritable treasure trove’.
The British author, who wrote the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, continued to explore his fantasy setting of Middleearth until his death in 1973.
A previously unpublished anthology of work by iconic writer JRR Tolkien (pictured) is to be released next summer, publisher HarperCollins has announced
His estate has authorised the new book, which is to be published by HarperCollins in June, The Times reports.
HarperCollins’ deputy publishing director Chris Smith added: ‘It offers readers a chance to peer over Professor Tolkien’s shoulder at the very moment of discovery: and on every page, Middle-earth is once again brought to extraordinary life’.
The writings will be edited by Nasa computer engineer and Tolkien expert Carl F Hostetter.
He previously worked with Tolkien’s son Christopher on editing his father’s writings, until Christopher’s death earlier this year.
Tolkien’s estate has authorised the new book, titled The Nature of Middleearth, which is to be published in June
The WWII veteran was an Oxford don and guardian of his father’s works until he passed away in January aged 94.
After his father’s death in 1973, Christopher became the steward of JRR’s manuscripts and a keen cartographer of the magical world.
‘As strange as it may seem, I grew up in the world he created,’ Tolkien said in 2012, ‘For me, the cities of The Silmarillion are more real than Babylon.’
Notable works Tolkien edited include The Children Of Hurin, and Beren And Luthien, which flesh out the complex world of elves and dwarves created by his father.
He also drew the original maps of Middle-earth which decorated the trilogy released in the 1950s following the success of the prequel, The Hobbit.
He is credited by Tolkien scholars as revealing a greater depth of his father’s bold visions for a rich and complicated mythology for Middle-earth.
The Lord of the Rings series is one of the best-selling novels ever written, with over 150 million copies sold. It was also turned into a series of box office hit films (Pictured: Scene from The Return Of The King film in 2003, with Elijah Wood (left) pictured as Frodo, with Sean Astin as Sam)
Andy Serkis was the voice of Gollum (pictured) in the Lord of the Rings films
Actor Elijah Wood starred as Frodo (pictured) in the Lord of the Rings films
The new unpublished collection will explore topics including the nature of the Valar, the god-like spirits of Middle Earth; the lands and beasts of Númenor; and the geography of the kingdom of Gondor.
It will also discuss which characters have beards, including elves, hobbits and dwarven women – a hotly contested topic in fan circles.
The Hobbit, Tolkien’s first Middleearth story, was published in 1937, with The Lord of the Rings following in 1954 and 1955.
The Lord of the Rings series is one of the best-selling novels ever written, with over 150 million copies sold.
It was also turned into a series of box office hit films, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood as Frodo and Andy Serkis as the voice of Gollum.
The final Lord Of The Rings film ‘The King Returns’ received 11 Oscars, winning awards for all its nominations.
A film series was also made on his book The Hobbit, starring British actor Martin Freeman.