Friday, 15 May 2009

Two new Tolkien books...

For those who are interested, there will be two new books published later this year (I am not sure when) by J.R.R Tolkien. The first will interest owners of a Jerusalem Bible, which is Tolkien's translation of The Book of Jonah, with a handsome front cover. The second is rather obscure, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, which tells the story of the Norse hero, Sigurd, the Dragon slayer, the revenge of his wife Gudrún and the Fall of the Nibelungs. I have never personally read this work, though I had heard of it, so this should be interesting for me too. You can pre-order them from Amazon now.

Christopher Tolkien discusses Sigurd and Gudrún here. The article calls Christopher Tolkien reclusive, which is typically vindictive and inaccurate. Why should someone who wishes to retain his privacy be called ''reclusive?'' J.R.R Tolkien himself complained enough about being harassed by so-called ''fans'' of his during the 1960s, ringing him at odd hours and turning up at his front door unannounced (and unwanted). Notice also that the article misspells the name of Tolkien's old publishers!
Sorry about the untidiness of this presentation. For some obscure reason, you can't cut and paste images properly, or edit them, when posting. If any bloggers out there have any advice on this, they are welcome to comment.


  1. Try downloading Windows Live Writer, it's free and it's easy. I use it occasionally when I want to incorporate multiple images within text like my recent post (although it is rushed a bit).

  2. It's fine, it just takes time, patience and practice!

    I generally find that images of this sort are best if uploaded as "small" - I save medium or large for my own photos!