JRR Tolkien's son Christopher admits the poetic form of his father's latest book, Sigurd and Gudrún, may 'put off' many Lord of the Rings fans
Alison Flood writing in the guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 5 May 2009
The reclusive son of JRR Tolkien has broken his silence to admit fears that fans of his father's work may be "put off" by the verse form of his latest posthumous publication. Responding via fax to a series of questions about The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, published for the first time today, Christopher Tolkien expressed the hope that it would show a different side to the author of the much-loved classic The Lord of the Rings.
"I dare say that a good many will be instantly put off by the very idea of 'long narrative poems in verse' and pursue it no further," he said. It was equally possible that their form will lend them an "unexpected impact," he continued.
"My hope is that some of those who appreciate and admire the works of my father will find it illuminating in respect of Old Norse poetry in general, in his own treatment of the fierce, passionate and mysterious legend, and in this further and little known aspect of him as both philologist and poet. Above all I hope they will take pleasure in this poetry."
By JRR Tolkien
Edited by Christopher Tolkien
International Release Date Tuesday 5 May 2009
NZ RRP $49.99 Hardback