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The last Inkling, Christopher Tolkien, has left us

Posted on January 16, 2020
by Lynn Maudlin


Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien's son and literary executor, has died (apparently January 15th in the night). He was the last living member of The Inklings and provided us with a glimpse into Tolkien's creative process, making sense of the vast number of papers and partial documents and revisions of the body of work his father left behind when he died in 1973. The Silmarillion and the many History of Middle-earth volumes would not have been published without Christopher's labor - or, if they were, certainly not in any form that his father could have approved.

Christopher was the Scholar Guest of Honor for Mythcon 18 and all of us privileged to be in attendance back in 1987 remember him with great fondness. Look for remembrances in upcoming Society publications.

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