Concluding ‘The Fall of Arthur’ ~ Update 2

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The Writing Continues Fervently

You may or may not remember (for which I wouldn’t blame you), that I had in mind a little project that would attempt to conclude Tolkien’s unfinished poem The Fall of Arthur.

You may also recall how much I love this poem and that I had posted an extract way back at the end of August last year (The Writing Begins), hoping to complete the poem in a further 4 cantos (approximately 200 lines each).FallOfArthur book cover

Tolkien’s poem ends at Canto V (‘Of the setting of the sun at Romeril’); this project thereby attempts to reconstruct Cantos VI to IX. Weirdly enough, my first update picked up from Canto VII, titled: ‘Arthur lands in Romeril’.

This time, I’m posting an extract from the beginning of Canto VI: ‘The Departure of Gawain’.

As I’ve said before, the verses are more in freestyle form rather than the Old English metre I had originally attempted. I’ve decided to focus more on the rhythm and the sense of every line.

Furthermore, I am in no way attempting to write on the same level as Professor Tolkien – that is rather impossible to do.

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Concluding ‘The Fall of Arthur’ ~ The Writing Begins …

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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. Continue reading

Writing Process Blog Tour

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Many thanks to Raelea Hiller for inviting me to join the Writing Process Blog Tour! I’ve never done anything like this, so I’m honoured to have been chosen to be a part of the experience.

Raelea’s blog The Starlit Forest is a haven for people fascinated by poetry and novel writing. Her style of writing is unparalleled and her posts reveal the formation of a brilliant author that will undoubtedly rise through the ranks of acclaimed writers.

So, thanks once again Raelea! 🙂

Now, onto answering some questions …

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Your Feedback … My Response

Stick Figure typing(It’s the return of the Stick Figures! – and yes, that’s me hard at work typing these responses – see the tongue sticking out? Intense!)

Many thanks to all of you who – in some way or other – commented to this post: Who am I?

There were some very interesting questions, as well as intriguing Middle-earth topics I shall be dealing with in the near future.

In the meantime, I’ve gathered people’s query’s from WordPress and Twitter and gave my best (and honest) response to each 😉

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Brian Cox for the Fall of Arthur!

… or “Whatever happened to ‘The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún’ audiobook?”

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A good day to love Tolkien!

Exciting news ahead …

I smell the covers of a new Tolkien book on the way! 🙂

Such a phrase is rarely heard nowadays. However, it seems like a feast considering we’ve just had The Fall of Arthur released barely a year ago.Beowulf cover by JRR Tolkien

Indeed, word had just come out that the Tolkien Estate (in association with Harper Collins) will publish J.R.R. Tolkien’s own translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf.

The book will be available on May 22nd, this year.
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