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The True Love Story Behind Tolkien's Last Book Will Break Your Heart

By Aimee Lutkin

J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973, but his books have lived a very long and rich life on our shelves and in our imaginations. Lord of the Rings was made into a Blockbuster hit that has inspired the last few generations to LAARP in the misty fields, plus an expansion in the franchise with more Hobbit movies than we really need, in my personal opinion. Now, almost a hundred years since he first envisioned it, his final book is published.

Tolkien's son, Christopher, has been going through his father's unpublished writing for ages, according to The Washington Post. It was Christopher who assembled the shorter novels The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth. Now 92, it's unlikely that Christopher will be putting together yet another book from his dad's old work, nor is it likely that anyone else could work as closely with the material. This final book is very special, because it incorporates the world of Middle-earth with Tolkein's real life.