It is with heavy hearts that we have to share the news of the passing of Christopher Tolkien. The Tolkien Society Twitter shared the news with fans and sent their condolences to his wife and children. He was born in 1924, he passed at the age of 95. He was the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien and played a major role in the Lord of the Rings Middle-earth fandom after his father’s passing in 1973.
He was instrumental in helping to expand on the universe his father created by editing and publishing content after his father’s death. He was responsible for redrawing the maps that appear within the books today. We also have Christopher Tolkien to thank for the completion and publication of his father’s final work, The Silmarillion. He dedicated his life to his father’s work and building and maintaining that legacy. In 2016 he received the Bodley Medal for his contributions to literature. Outside of that, he was also responsible for translating Icelandic tales into the English language.
What he has done for the Middle-earth community will stay in our hearts forever. We send our deepest condolences to his family and close friends during this time.
Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95. The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family. pic.twitter.com/X83PTx4b7x— Tolkien Society (@TolkienSociety) January 16, 2020
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