(C) John Howe
I deliberately withheld writing about this news at any point yesterday, as the annual pranking event of April Fool’s took over the internet.
In order to ensure this was no typical joke, the rumoured whispers from distant shores seem to have declared the potential release of a “Tolkien Book” in August this year.
Take the meaning of “Tolkien Book” as lightly as possible. There are no indications yet what this might mean, but this news comes with the listing of a Tolkien Untitled book surfacing on Amazon a week or so ago.
This piece of announcement seemed to gain traction when, just a few days ago, Book Depository listed The Fall of Gondolin as being released on August 1st (differing from the August 23rd date on Amazon).
The Tolkien Society has written an excellent piece on this — which serves both as a tantalising possibility and a cautionary approach to this news.
Back with the release of Beren and Lúthien, Christopher Tolkien had pretty much assured his readers that this would be his last publication. In addition, we all remember the numerous times it was reported that a standalone book on The Fall of Gondolin was not a possibility, given the lack of detailed writings there are available.
So, what could this “new book” consist of?
Between us, I’m really hooked by the idea of a potential release on The Fall of Gondolin, thereby successfully bringing to a close the publication of individual books on Tolkien’s three Great Tales.
At the same time, I’m not holding my breath, nor raising my expectations.
True, anything with the possibility of a new Tolkien book is cause for celebration in itself, but let’s just wait and see what announcements Time has yet to provide us with.
Undoubtedly, we’re looking at some exciting times ahead!
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