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Revision as of 11:18, 10 October 2012

The Fall of Arthur
The Fall of Arthur.jpg
AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien
EditorChristopher Tolkien
PublisherHarperCollins
Released23 May 2013
ISBN978-0-00-748994-7

The Fall of Arthur is the title of an poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, concerned with the legend of King Arthur. It will be published 23 May 2013.[1]

According to Humphrey Carpenter, who published a few brief extracts from the poem in his biography about Tolkien, the poem "has alliteration but no rhyme [and] did not touch on the Grail but began an individual rendering of the Morte d'Arthur, in which the king and Gawain go to war in 'Saxon lands' but are summoned home by news of Mordred's treachery". "The Fall of Arthur" was read by E.V. Gordon and R.W. Chambers, who both approved of the poem.[2][3]

The writing of the poem was abandoned in the mid 1930s,[2] but in a 1955 letter to Houghton Mifflin, his American publishers, Tolkien mentioned that he hoped to finish the "long poem".[4] Although the state of the manuscript(s) is unknown, there is a rumour that the poem has 954 lines.[5]

Carl F. Hostetter mentions the transcription of a manuscript by Tolkien which seems to be a fragment of his The Fall of Arthur.[6]

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References

  1. "The Fall of Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited by Christopher Tolkien" , HarperCollins (accessed 10 October 2012)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, pp. 168-8 (1977 ed.; Carpenter also published some quotes from the poem)
  3. Verlyn Flieger, "Arthurian Romance", in J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment, pp. 34-5
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 165, (undated, written June 1955)
  5. N.E. Brigand, Comment to the blog post ”Lewis’s Lost Aeneid [Updated]” (5 March 2011) at Lingwë (accessed 8 March 2011)
  6. Tolkien's handwriting scans at The Fountain Pen Network (accessed 4 May 2011)