RIP Christopher Tolkien, 1924-2020

Somehow I assumed that Christopher Tolkien was much younger, but maybe I just formed that image a long time ago. Regardless, it’s sad to hear of his passing. Outside of his father, the famed J.R.R., Christopher is probably the one most responsible for all things Middle Earth. He compiled his father’s notes and works into coherent wholes; without him, there would have been no Silmarillion, let alone any of the other works from Tolkien we’ve received since his father’s death in 1973. He’s also been a driving force in the amount of respect Tolkien’s legacy has been treated with; here’s to hoping it wasn’t just him protecting Middle Earth. I can already feel Disney circling in for the kill.

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Joshua M. Young lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, son, and two more feral cats than the optimal number of feral cats. (That is, zero.) He holds a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and yes, he's quite aware that writing this kind of stuff isn't exactly what you'd expect from a trained theologian. A life long lover of science fiction and fantasy, one of his earliest memories involves some confusion with a Klingon Bird of Prey and an X-Wing in the middle of a theater showing The Search for Spock, and, once upon a time, he could select the desired Robotech novel from his bookshelf, in the dark, by the feel of its spine. (Don't ask why that was a necessary skill. He couldn't tell you.) He has been published in numerous anthologies, including Planetary: Mercury, Planetary: Venus, and Tales of the Once and Future King.

2 Comments on RIP Christopher Tolkien, 1924-2020

  1. Blessed with a longer life than his father’s, Christopher is and ever shall be the greatest of Tolkien scholars. Farewell, good sir. I know nothing of Christopher’s religious leanings, but if he was even half the Christian his father was, I am sure there is joyful reunion now. Perhaps JRR is even saying, “Well done my good and faithful son.”

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