Christopher Tolkien, the son of ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ author JRR Tolkien, has been hailed as a “titan” of fantasy literature following his death aged 95.
The Tolkien Society, which promotes the life and works of the revered fantasy writer, confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter.
It said: “Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95. The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family.”
Oxford University-educated Tolkien was the author’s third and youngest son, and was responsible for editing much of his father’s work after his death in 1973.
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These included ‘The Silmarillion’, ‘The Children Of Hurin’, and ‘Beren And Luthien’, which flesh out the complex world of elves and dwarves created by his father.
He also drew the original maps of Middle-earth which decorated the trilogy of books released in the 1950s following the success of the prequel, ‘The Hobbit’.
He signed off his work as “CJRT”, going by his full name Christopher John Reuel Tolkien, in the same manner as his father.
Tolkien Society chairman Shaun Gunner said: “Christopher’s commitment to his father’s works have seen dozens of publications released, and his own work as an academic in Oxford demonstrates his ability and skill.”
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