Christopher Tolkien and Other Farewells

Christopher Tolkien

Photo by Charles E. Noad

For a number of years I used to think what would happen once the son and literary heir of J.R.R Tolkien would be with us no more. I questioned what would that mean to the Tolkien community, whether the experience of reading the books would change, and what would it mean for future scholarly work and publications.

Truth be told, none of these thoughts passed through my mind on January 16, 2020 when the news first broke that Christopher Tolkien had passed away. What DID come to mind was a sense of sadness, but acceptance — acceptance of the fact that Time is what it is and that we must move on with our lives nevertheless.

Christopher Tolkien leaves behind him a legacy of unsurpassed scholarly work (dare I say, in some aspects, more so that his father’s) and his passion for the works we love so much lives on in the thousands of pages filled with his extraordinary sharp analyses and inspiring, crystal-clear reasonings.


Besides this sad news, this post is also about another farewell. My own.

After six and a half years, I have decided to take a long-expected hiatus to focus on other projects. It has been a remarkable journey since the beginning, and I have loved every second of writing each post and reading everyone’s comments and input.

I will not say this is the end of this blog. It will remain a fond memory that may yet see the light of day once more, but until then I only wish to say one thing:

Thank you. Thank you for your continuous support, readership and friendship. It has been a adventure truly worth taking.



22 thoughts on “Christopher Tolkien and Other Farewells

  1. Sad to see you go! Hope you stay up to date with Tolkien news. Though I feel The Fall of Gondolin is the end.

  2. After reading this blog for nearly 6 years, this is a bittersweet moment, but I completely understand. I wish you all the best with your projects and life in general. 🙂

    1. Thanks Alice! It was nice meeting you over Middle-earth News. I want to thank you again for always being one of the first to react or comment to my posts. All the best to you too 🙂

  3. Thanks James for all your interesting and thought provoking articles. I can say, very confidently, that this site has enriched my Tolkien world. All the best for your future adventures and I will revisit this site from time to time because of the past articles, and who knows, maybe. some future ones as well. Thanks again!

  4. Thanks for all the years of excellent writing on Tolkien, James. I’ve really enjoyed it, and I wish you the best.

  5. I’m a touch late to wish you farewell James, only having found your blog during a search for “Christopher Tolkien.” I echo everyone’s good wishes on the road ahead.

    As an aside, every March 22 I celebrate the anniversary when J.R.R. and Edith Tolkien got married back in 1916, being fascinated with their love affair. Perhaps even though you won’t be active on your blog anymore you might want to mark similar dates in Tolkien’s life/works that impacted you as a small way to keep the connection alive?


  6. Thank you for all of your thoughtful and engaging posts. The Hobbit films came out as I was entering High School, and this site was a constant source of news and updates for me. Among this sites that discussed Tolkein-related topics, I always held this one in the highest regard. Whenever I commented on a post, you were always kind enough to post a short, thoughtful reply. It really made me feel like a part of a fan community which extended beyond my friends and family.
    I will miss your unique perspective and wonderful posts (I loved your Silmarillion summaries, especially now that I am reading the book for the first time). Good luck in your writing and future endeavors!

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