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Christopher Tolkien, born in 1924, is the youngest son of J. R. R. Tolkien. He is the editor of much of his father's posthumously published work. If the question concerns the Middle-Earth universe in which Lord of the Rings is set, use the [tolkiens-legendarium] tag as well.

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Why did Christopher Tolkien think the idea of Bilbo's marriage was never going to work?

On page 36 in Return of the Shadow (The History of Middle-earth vol. 6), Christopher Tolkien writes: We come now therefore to a further stage, where the 'long-expected party' is still Bingo's, not ...
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Why wasn't the complaint of Mîm published?

It seems that J. R. R. Tolkien wrote a short poem, accompanied by a more extensive prose text, about the petty-dwarf Mîm. Oddly enough, a German translation of the poem was published, but the poem ...
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Is the unpublished prose version of Beren and Lúthien accessible to the public?

In vol. 5 of The History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien writes: [A]t the time when he turned again to the Lay of Leithian (see III. 330), The Lord of the Rings being finished but its ...
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Was Christopher Tolkien fluent in Elvish?

Christopher Tolkien obviously researched his father's work in great thoroughness. Therefore, he obviously knew a great deal about the languages his father created. But was he fluent in any of them? ...
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Had Christopher Tolkien ever publicly spoken about George R. R. Martin or his work?

Since J. R. R. Tolkien died in 1973, when George R. R. Martin was 24, I imagine he probably never heard of him. However, his son Christopher died only recently, so I was wondering whether there's any ...
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Was there new content in The Children of Húrin?

It is well known (see here, here) that, when Beren and Lúthien and The Fall of Gondolin were published, they contained no new content: all of it was already printed in previous works edited by ...
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Did Christopher Tolkien write any original literature himself?

Christopher Tolkien, recently deceased, is best known for his work as editor on many of his famous father's stories set in Middle-earth, most famously The Silmarillion. He also did work as a ...
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With the passing of Christopher Tolkien, where do the story rights fall?

Christopher Tolkien passed away recently. From our in-memoriam meta post: When [JRR] Tolkien died, he gave Christopher complete control over his unpublished writings, to destroy or publish any of ...
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What is the chronological reading order for the fictional elements of The History of Middle-earth series?

Since Tolkien's death, his son Christopher Tolkien has edited and released a considerable amount of additional writing by his father. His intent is to shed light on the creative process of compiling ...
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Has Tolkien's estate ever sold the rights to adaptations of any Tolkien works?

Inspired by the comments on this question. J.R.R. Tolkien sold the rights to film adaptations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to United Artists in 1968 or 1969. Although he retained enough ...
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What did Christopher Tolkien mean by "Tolkien's fifteenth invented language"?

I know this question would usually raise other questions as to what is considered a separate language (e.g. Qenya/Quenya, Gnomish/Sindarin, etc.). The thing is that somewhere there is an official list....
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Has the Tolkien Estate considered allowing other authors to write additional stories in Middle Earth?

Aside from Christopher Tolkien's History of Middle Earth, the Silmarillion and the Children of Hurin, which were all primarily Tolkien's work, has his estate ever considered allowing other authors to ...
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How many Stars of Elendil were there, and what happened to each of them?

In The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn wears a jewel called the Elendilmir, or Star of Elendil, upon his brow. This stone, which was also known as the Star of the Dunedain and the Star of the North, was ...
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Is there a companion or guide to The Silmarillion?

Since I finished reading The Silmarillion, and learned a little bit about how it was assembled, I've been curious as to whether there is some way to get a better sense of what the source material ...
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Why did Christopher Tolkien remove all references to England and Ælfwine from the published Silmarillion?

Reading through the History of Middle-Earth series, it's quite clear the Tolkien had England and Eriol/Ælfwine of England in his mind though most of the history of developing the legendarium. The idea ...
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