This news is making the rounds on blogsphere this morning:
Link: News” href=”http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/news/article2390834.ece”>Tolkien Jr completes Lord of Rings – Independent Online Edition > News.
The first new Tolkien novel for 30 years is to be published next month. In a move eagerly anticipated by millions of fans across the world, The Children of Húrin will be released worldwide on 17 April, 89 years after the author started the work and four years after the final cinematic instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, one of biggest box office successes in history.
The book, whose contents are being jealously guarded by publisher HarperCollins – is described as “an epic story of adventure, tragedy, fellowship and heroism.”
I’ll be buying a copy – probably the day it’s released. LOTR was such an important book for me when I was a teenager (I think I read the series twice a year all the way through High School) that any chance I have to find out more about the vision Tolkien saw for Middle Earth, I grab for it.
It’s funny how important books our to our intellectual development. I was reminded of that the other day.
Kenney (my daughter) and I went book shopping this weekend. (We finally discovered the gianormous Borders around the corner from our new home.) She’s been complaining that she’s not found anything to read that’s she’s really cared about. I took her with me to the Science Fiction and Fantasy section and was delighted to discover that some of my favorite books from when I was her age were right there on the shelves. We walked out later with copies of Mary Stewart’s Arthurian Trilogy and a couple of the first in the series of Piers Anthony’s Xanth novels. I’m crossing my fingers that she’ll love them as much as I did. (If not, it’s okay. Having them at home again will give me a chance to re-read them yet another time.)
What books or authors did you fall in love with when you were a teenager? I’ve discovered (probably not surprisingly) that most clergy loved science fiction and/or fantasy…