In what seems to be a yearly tradition, the Tolkien Estate is treating us to a new book by our favourite author.
If you’ve done some reading about the Professor (beyond Middle-earth, that is), you may have encountered many references about Tolkien’s love for the Finnish epic tale of the Kalevala.
Well, turns out when he was a young man – already teeming with ideas and exquisite writing skills – he decided to write his own version of the book.
Here’s an excerpt of what Harper Collins had to say on their site:
Kullervo son of Kalervo is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. ‘Hapless Kullervo’, as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny.
Tolkien himself said that The Story of Kullervo was ‘the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own’, and was ‘a major matter in the legends of the First Age’. Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. In addition to it being a powerful story in its own right, The Story of Kullervo – published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work, The Kalevala – is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.
Sounds fantastic! But wait, there’s one drawback to all this.
Yes. It seems that just like it’s predecessor, The Fall of Arthur, The Story of Kullervo was never destined to be completed.
Thankfully, we’ll be getting plenty of accompanying notes, drafts and commentary from renowned Tolkien scholar, Verlyn Flieger.
Unfinished or not, as soon as we hear about a new Tolkien book, we automatically insert our hands into our penniless pockets and oblige. Right?
The Story of Kullervo will be released in the UK on 27 August of this year.
Roll on! 😀