Finished the “Silmarillion” and fought for the Professor’s legacy: Christopher Tolkien passed away

At the 96th year of life, a British writer and linguist died Christopher Tolkien – the creator’s son “Lord of the Rings “ J.R. R. Tolkien. Representatives of the international fan club and charity fund reported on the sad event of January 16 Tolkien society.

According to preliminary data, Christopher Tolkien died in the French commune of Draguignan. The causes of the death of the son of the Professor have not yet been reported.

As a professor at Oxford University, Tolkien did a lot to preserve his father’s legacy. The fact is that J.R. R. Tolkien could not properly organize his activities, over the years rewriting and modifying material. As a result, many of his works remained incomplete. It’s Christopher Tolkien who should be thanked for seeing the light “Silmarillion“,”Middle-earth History“,”Children Hurina“,”Gondolin Fall“and”Beren and Lúthien

However, Christopher was remembered for his conflict. Until 2017, the writer headed the organization Tolkien estateowning most of the rights to his father’s legacy. During this period, he unleashed a real war against filmmakers and company Middle-earth enterprises American producer Sola Zenza.

The latter in the 70s of the last century worked on the failed film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. In the process, Zents became friends with J. R. R. Tolkien, and after the death of the Professor, he bought the rights to the adaptation of The Lord of the Rings andHobbit“. In particular, Middle-earth Enterprises owns the rights to any elements of the Middle-earth universe that are mentioned in the above works.

Christopher Tolkien did not like this state of affairs. He actively tried to interfere with the filming Peter Jackson, sent lawsuits and even managed to break off relations with his own son Simonwho supported the work of the director.

In 2017, Christopher retired, after which the management of Tolkien Estate ceased to obstruct and established cooperation with other parties. So now Amazon working on a series based on The Lord of the Rings (project budget is about a billion dollars), and the studio Daedalic entertainment creates a stealth game about Gollum, which will be released on the next generation consoles.

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