Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Unfinished Tolkien Work to be Published
The Children of Húrin is an unfinished tale by J.R.R. Tolkien. Originally written in 1918, the tale has been finished by Tolkien's son, Christopher Tolkien, for publication for the first time as an independent work.
The book is scheduled for publication in 2007, most likely after March , by HarperCollins in the United Kingdom and by Houghton Mifflin in the United States.
An abridged version of the story has been previously published as chapter XXI of The Silmarillion, setting the tale in the context of the wars of Beleriand. This was prepared by Christopher Tolkien on the basis of his father's unpublished writings. These have since appeared —- not one unfinished work but several versions of the same tale:
The Narn i Chîn Húrin in Unfinished Tales.
Items in the History of Middle-earth series, notably:
The Lay of the Children of Húrin, an early narrative poem.
Prose versions of the Lay (or Húrinssaga), eventually leading to earlier and alternate versions of the Narn
The Wanderings of Húrin, a prose continuation of the Narn (not included in the other texts).
None of these writings form a complete and mature narrative. It is likely that the new work will draw heavily on these sources. the teach