Christopher Tolkien, son of JRR Tolkien, dies at 95

The Tokien Society  Charles E. Noad

The Tokien Society Charles E. Noad

Christopher was the third son of our beloved author Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, and had spent much of his life honoring his father's legacy and bringing us so numerous Professor's works posthumously.

Christopher passed away at the age of 95 and this news has been confirmed through a short statement released by the Tolkien society on their official Twitter handle. "The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family".

Born in Leeds, U.K., on November 21, 1924, Christopher Tolkien became one of the earliest audience members for The Hobbit as a child. "After the war, he finished his studies and became a lecturer in Old and Middle English as well as Old Icelandic at the University of Oxford", the Tolkien Society said.

He later became the literary executor of the Tolkien Estate, completing several books set in the world of Middle-earth using his father's material from 70 boxes of unpublished work.

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.

Christopher - who drew numerous original Middle Earth maps for the Lord of the Rings series - received a Bodley Medal from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries in 2016, which goes to "individuals who have made outstanding contributions..." He passed in Provence, France at age 95, according to his brother-in-law and the Tolkien Society.

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Tolkien was critical of Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

An early fan: Tolkien was one of his father's first audiences, listening to tales of Bilbo Baggins and the other magical characters who inhabited Middle-earth even as his father first began to formulate them.

"Rest in peace, First Scholar of JRR Tolkien's Legendarium, a man who grew up in Middle Earth." .

"Christopher's commitment to his father's works has seen dozens of publications released, and his own work as an academic in Oxford demonstrates his ability and skill as a scholar", Gunner added. "Christopher Tolkien was a titan of fantasy and his legacy will live on forever".

He was also a published author in his own right.

The Tolkien Estate has been overseen by his wife, Baillie Tolkien, and Tolkien's grandson Michael George Reuel Tolkien.

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