Christopher Tolkien has set sail for the lands of the kindly West.
Christopher Tolkien had long been part of the critical audience for his father’s fiction, first as a child listening to tales of Bilbo Baggins (which were published as The Hobbit), and then as a teenager and young adult offering much feedback on The Lord of the Rings during its 15-year gestation. He had the task of interpreting his father’s sometimes self-contradictory maps of Middle-earth in order to produce the versions used in the books, and he re-drew the main map in the late 1970s to clarify the lettering and correct some errors and omissions. J. R. R. Tolkien invited Christopher to join the Inklings when he was twenty-one years old, making him the youngest member of the informal literary discussion society that included C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Warren Lewis, Lord David Cecil, and Nevill Coghill.
He published Saga of King Heidrek the Wise: “Translated from the Icelandic with Introduction, Notes and Appendices by Christopher Tolkien” in 1960. Later, Tolkien followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a lecturer and tutor in English Language at New College, Oxford, from 1964 to 1975.
Christopher Tolkien’s best known work was the editing together his father’s works to create the Silmarillion in 1977.
A decent man and honorable son who left this world at the age 93. A good life well spent.
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May it please the Gods to grant him favor in his next incarnation.
He is with both of his Fathers now, and I’ve no doubt he will hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant.” from the lips of his heavenly Father.
The world has lost a genuinely good and decent man, as you said. He was a great steward of his father’s legacy; if we had more men like him, Western Civilization might not be in the peril it is in today.