A few weeks back I reported the possibility of seeing the completion of Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur, here.
I expressed my desire in trying and create my own “fan fiction” and expand on the poem’s narrative – by closely following Christopher Tolkien’s notes on the various abandoned sketches his father never completed.
My plan so far was to continue from the last canto in the book (Canto V), which finds Arthur arriving back to the coasts of Britain – to reclaim his title after being usurped by Mordred – and debating with Gawain on whether they should land there or find another alternative.
So far, I’ve planned the following Cantos that would naturally progress from Tolkien’s incomplete poem:
Canto VI: The Departure of Gawain
Canto VII: Arthur lands in Romeril
Canto VIII: The Burial of Gawain
Canto IX: The Battle of Camlann
A brief introduction …
So far, I have written a very rough sketch of the beginning of Canto VII, which finds Arthur landing on the beaches at Romeril and fighting his way against Mordred’s army.
Prior to his landing , Gawain – eager to regain his king’s title and having assailed the shore with only a handful of men – has been slain on the shore.
It’s not Tolkien, neither does it completely adhere to the Old English alliterative metre as it should be. (Revisions will follow)
What is it, however, is an initial attempt to get started on this project and to give a glimpse of how and where the story might end up.
I’ll leave it up to you to come up with thoughts and opinions on the piece … 😉