Literature A collection of Tolkien’s unprecedented essays will be published next year – They discuss, among other things, which inhabitants of Middle-earth had a beard

Elves immortality, the geography of Middle-earth, and the beardiness of the dwarf’s jaws may be deepened into consideration next year when a new collection of author JRR Tolkien essays appear.

The Nature of Middle-earth, a selection of essays written by Tolkien (1892–1973) on the fantasy world he created in Central Earth will be published in English on June 24, 2021. According to preliminary data, the essays have not been published before.

Publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Deb Brody says in the bulletin the essays deal with, among other things, the immortality and rebirth of elves, the powers of the Valar spirit beings, the lands and inhabitants of the sunken island of Númenor, the geography of Gondor and which inhabitants of Middle-earth had a beard and what did not. The beard issue has sparked debate among Tolkien fans.

Tolkien designed and created an exceptionally detailed fantasy world, which he wrote about for decades even after popular works took place in the world. Hobbit (1937) and Lord of the Rings (1954-1955) had appeared.

The book has been submitted by Carl F. Hostetter. He is a Tolkien expert who has led the Elvish Linguist Fellowship, a community interested in Tolkien research. Hostetter worked with JRR Tolkien’s son Christopher Tolkien (1924–2020), who for decades submitted texts left over from his father to publication, until his death. Hostetter also delivered together Verlyn Fliegerin with a work dedicated to Christopher Tolkien Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth (2000). Christopher Tolkien it is stated that the material was sent to which The Nature of Middle-earth the work is based on photocopies of Hostetter before his death.

Tolkien’s works have recently been published in Finnish The destruction of the gondola (WSOY, 2019) and The story of Kullervo (WSOY, 2015).


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