I Get a Kill: Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R.'s Son & Literary Executor, @ 95
Christopher Tolkien, the son of "The Lord of the Rings" author J. R. R. Tolkien, has died at 95, The Tolkien Society announced on Thursday
. Following his father's death in 1973, Christopher became the literary executor of the Tolkien Estate. He also edited and published the legendary author's previously unpublished material for decades, including "The Silmarillion" in 1977 and "The Fall of Gondolin" in 2018.
His father was also a professor at Oxford when he wrote "The Hobbit," which is said to have been based on a story he told his children
. So Christopher was likely one of the first to hear a version of the now-beloved 1937 novel.
"Christopher's commitment to his father's works have seen dozens of publications released, and his own work as an academic in Oxford demonstrates his ability and skill as a scholar," wrote Tolkien Society Chair Shaun Gunner in a press release. "We have lost a titan and he will be sorely missed."
In a second tweet
, The Tolkien Society wrote Christopher was "Middle-earth's first scholar. Namárië." The word "Namárië" has a dual meaning — as both a greeting and a farewell in Quenya, a language created by J.R.R. Tolkien, CNET reported
Christopher is survived by his wife, Baillie, and three children, Simon, Adam and Rachel.
Amazon is working on a sprawling and expensive streaming series
based on the Second Age of Middle-earth, which comes before the events depicted in The Lord of the Rings, CNET reported
. This week, the company announced numerous cast members
, including English actor Robert Aramayo. Aramayo played young Ned Stark in HBO's Game of Thrones, and will star as Beldor, the leading role in the new series. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/christopher-tolkien-died-son-of-lord-of-the-rings-author-j-r-r-tolkien-dead-age-95-2020-01-16/