Readers of this blog may be interested in a series of three pieces I wrote recently about The Fall of Arthur by Charles Williams’ fellow Inkling, J.R. R. Tolkien.
Did you know about this previously unpublished work by Tolkien? It was just released a month ago, edited by Tolkien’s son Christopher. It is an AMAZING work — a verse fragment that shows Tolkien’s greatest poetic skills and the beginnings of his mythic imagination at work. You can purchase it on amazon.
The greatest feature of this work, however, is the massive way in which it could change Tolkien’s mythology forever. It contains hints (not in the poem itself, but in what Christopher Tolkien reveals about drafts, outlines, and fragments in his editorial matter) about ways in which Tolkien meant to connect his Arthurian legend to his Elvish Legendarium. Had he done so, his imaginary history of the world would have been much more complete, full of vast significance.
I have written about The Fall of Arthur in three places.
First, here is my prophetic pre-review, in which I wrote about the history of Arthurian legends and predict elements I thought would be in the book (before I read it).
Second, here is a post on my other blog in which I rate how well I did as an oracle (not very well, by the way).
Finally, here is my official review of the book, over on Curator magazine.
I hope you enjoy these pieces I have written, and most of all, I hope you read and enjoy The Fall of Arthur.