Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Medieval Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fall of Arthur!

In the midst of my series on the Magic of Medieval Fiction, which is currently focusing on the Arthurian age of the late Fifth Century, a treasure falls into my lap – The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien is being released tomorrow! I purchased an advanced copy on Amazon last night. Here’s an excerpt from a Tolkien Society press release after this image of the book’s cover.

A brand new J.R.R. Tolkien epic, The Fall of Arthur, will be released this Thursday. This never-before-seen story starts with the legendary King Arthur going to war in “Saxon lands” before returning home to confront Mordred’s treachery.
J.R.R. Tolkien, well-known as the author of international best-selling books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, wrote The Fall of Arthur in the 1930s before he started work on The Hobbit. Its existence was revealed in the 1970s, and its publication has been rumoured for some years, but it had been overtaken by other new posthumous releases such as The Children of Húrin and The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún.
My to-read list is jammed, especially given my upcoming review of Ben Kane’s Spartacus: Rebellion (to be posted in early June, along with an interview of the author), but The Fall of Arthur is one book I’ll be reading as soon as I can. Until then, let me know: Are you excited about reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur?


Mark Alford said...

Wow! I've never heard of this! I have got to get to Barnes an Noble right away to check this one out.

I know Tolkien has a prose translation of Beowulf that I am dying to get my hands on, but they can't seem to get their act together to get it published. Frustrating.

Joseph Finley said...

Mark - glad this helped. There is a lot of good material in the book in addition to the poem.