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#1  pwalker8 01-23-2020, 01:53 PM
I totally missed it, but Christopher Tolkien died a week ago on Jan. 16th at the ripe age of 95. I'm a bit surprised it didn't get more notice.

Tolkien was the literary heir of his father, and was responsible to putting his father's papers in order, editing them and publishing them, most notably The Silmarillion, but also quite a few "unfinished" works and back story for LOTR and the Hobbit.
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#2  Apache 01-23-2020, 02:19 PM
I too am surprised. I would have thought I would have run across this on news websites.
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#3  maddz 01-23-2020, 04:15 PM
The death was certainly posted on the BBC the following day: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-51143879

First broken by The Tolkein Society then Tor posted:
https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2020/01/christopher-tolkien-has-died/

https://www.tor.com/2020/01/16/christopher-tolkien-architect-of-j-r-r-tolkiens-middle-earth-obituary/
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#4  binaryhermit 01-23-2020, 04:21 PM
I remember seeing something about it on one of my RSS feeds when I was on a train into Chicago last Thursday afternoon. So it did recieve some mention, just perhaps didn't make its way over here.
EDIT: seems the first mention that I can easily find in my RSS feeds is a post on /r/fantasy that was posted around 11:30 AM Chicago time that day https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/epmlnh/christopher_tolkien_has_died/

EDIT: And it made Slashdot and BoingBoing as well
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#5  crich70 01-23-2020, 04:36 PM
Sad, though he did leave us a legacy via the work he did on his father's writings. Certainly his name won't quickly be forgotten.
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#6  binaryhermit 01-23-2020, 04:41 PM
Somewhat offtopic, but I'm wondering, is there much his father wrote of worth that's still unpublished and someone who has the ability and desire to tidy it up for release?
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#7  crich70 01-23-2020, 04:51 PM
Quote binaryhermit
Somewhat offtopic, but I'm wondering, is there much his father wrote of worth that's still unpublished and someone who has the ability and desire to tidy it up for release?
A good question. I know he had done a lot of work in the "Lost Tales" and "Unfinished Tales" books. And of course "The Silmarillion" but I have no idea how much of his father's work may still be unedited.
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#8  booklover6 01-23-2020, 05:12 PM
My daughter (16) told me about it a few days ago. We just watched the Hobbit trilogy, and she is now reading the book! We'll be watching LOTR (extended versions) as soon as she is ready. I think she'll read the books, too. I was sad to hear of his death, though 95 is pretty impressive.
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#9  rcentros 01-23-2020, 08:49 PM
Quote pwalker8
I totally missed it, but Christopher Tolkien died a week ago on Jan. 16th at the ripe age of 95. I'm a bit surprised it didn't get more notice.

Tolkien was the literary heir of his father, and was responsible to putting his father's papers in order, editing them and publishing them, most notably The Silmarillion, but also quite a few "unfinished" works and back story for LOTR and the Hobbit.
I missed it also. After reading several of his long introductions to his father's "unfinished tales" I almost felt like I knew him. Sad news. May he rest in peace.
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#10  Luffy 01-24-2020, 04:41 AM
He was a scholar rivaling his father in knowledge, though not in imagination. 95 is a great age to live up to.
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