The Fall of Arthur

The Fall of Arthur The Fall of Arthur recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur who even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood is summoned back to Britain by news of the treachery of Mordred Already weak

  • Title: The Fall of Arthur
  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien Christopher Tolkien
  • ISBN: 9780007489947
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Fall of Arthur recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur, who, even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood, is summoned back to Britain by news of the treachery of Mordred Already weakened in spirit by Guinevere s infidelity with the now exiled Lancelot, Arthur must rouse his knights to battle one last time against Mordred s rebels and foreign mercenaries.The Fall of Arthur recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur, who, even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood, is summoned back to Britain by news of the treachery of Mordred Already weakened in spirit by Guinevere s infidelity with the now exiled Lancelot, Arthur must rouse his knights to battle one last time against Mordred s rebels and foreign mercenaries Powerful, passionate, and filled with vivid imagery, this unfinished poem reveals Tolkien s gift for storytelling at its brilliant best Christopher Tolkien, editor, contributes three illuminating essays that explore the literary world of King Arthur, reveal the deeper meaning of the verses and the painstaking work his father applied to bring the poem to a finished form, and investigate the intriguing links between The Fall of Arthur and Tolkien s Middle earth.

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    • J.R.R. Tolkien Christopher Tolkien

      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army , philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959 He was a close friend of C.S Lewis.Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about an imagined world called Arda, and Middle earth within it Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the word legendarium to the larger part of these writings While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the father of modern fantasy literature or precisely, high fantasy Tolkien s writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire field.In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945 Forbes ranked him the 5th top earning dead celebrity in 2009.Religious influencesJ.R.R Tolkien, was born in South Africa in 1892, but his family moved to Britain when he was about 3 years old When Tolkien was 8 years old, his mother converted to Catholicism, and he remained a Catholic throughout his life In his last interview, two years before his death, he unhesitatingly testified, I m a devout Roman Catholic Tolkien married his childhood sweetheart, Edith, and they had four children He wrote them letters each year as if from Santa Claus, and a selection of these was published in 1976 as The Father Christmas Letters One of Tolkien s sons became a Catholic priest Tolkien was an advisor for the translation of the Jerusalem Bible Tolkien once described The Lord of the Rings to his friend Robert Murray, an English Jesuit priest, as a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision There are many theological themes underlying the narrative including the battle of good versus evil, the triumph of humility over pride, and the activity of grace In addition the saga includes themes which incorporate death and immortality, mercy and pity, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self sacrifice, free will, justice, fellowship, authority and healing In addition The Lord s Prayer And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil was reportedly present in Tolkien s mind as he described Frodo s struggles against the power of the One Ring.

    352 thoughts on “The Fall of Arthur

    • Who wrote this blurb? Seriously?"The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain" -- What's his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? Chopped liver?"his finest and most skillful achievement in the use of the Old English alliterative metre" -- Old English metre? Not from what I've seen. Where're the half-lines? Not sure the stresses work either. I'm sure it is a wonderful, skillful work, but more likely in Middle English alliterative met [...]

    • It wasn't a book that I really enjoyed muchW MATERIAL BY TOLKIEN!I was really eager to read it since I found so awesome the idea of reading a "new" book by JRR Tolkien.Something that I'd never think that it could be possible.Of course, I know that it was thanks to the editing of his son, Christopher Tolkien.But still, it was a "new" book by Tolkien.A SWORD HARD TO TAKE OUT FROM STONEI found interesting some information of the legend of King Arthur in the further notes by Tolkien's son, however t [...]

    • This is the first time I read Tolkien. I'm one of those heartless people that haven't read The Lord of the Rings yet. This book caught my attention because I love the legend of King Arthur. I became a bit obsessed with it during my early years (actually, anything Middle Ages related; again, yes, I was a very popular kid at school, you can imagine; I sang BSB songs to seem more normal—yes, that was normal back then!). I even created a website and wrote a couple of short stories that never saw t [...]

    • Αισθάνομαι άσχημα που βάζω 4 σε βιβλίο που φέρνει το όνομα του καθηγητή Tolkien. Δυστυχώς όμως το σύνολο του βιβλίου δεν ήταν για 5. Οι πρώτες 57 σελίδες είναι το κανονικό ποίημα το οποίο αξίζει 5 αστέρια. Γραμμένο σεπαρηχητικό μέτροκαι με εξαίσιο (αν και αρκετά δύσκολο) λεξιλόγιο [...]

    • Mirkwood is a forest in Saxon Germany NOT Middle-Earth contrary to popular belief. EVERYBODY NEEDS TO KNOW THIS, MIRKWOOD IN THIS BOOK IS IN GERMANY NOT IN MIDDLE-EARTH

    • This is a brilliant evocation of the Arthurian, with shadows that are dark, presages of Middle-earth, and a stunning indictment of those who say that Tolkien cannot write women. My favorite book this year.

    • Impassioned nuances and provocative profundity pierce you to the core, as you plunge within the Arthurian mythologies and legends!Buried within these three highly illuminating essays, which explore the literary world of King Arthur, is the deeper meaning of each individual verse revealed with such sublime clarity. JRR Tolkien’s unfinished work is a treasure trove of revelatory, fascinating delights akin to Sir Gwain and the Green Knight -- or even other published masterworks such as the Silm [...]

    • I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Fall of Arthur. I’ve never been a fan of Tolkien as poet and, as a rule, skim through the examples that crop up in his prose or that are reproduced in the History of Middle-earth volumes. But I was intrigued by the subject and by what Tolkien may have made of the Matter of Britain (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight doesn’t count since it’s a translation of an existing poem).Unfortunately, The Fall of Arthur is incomplete. Tolkien only completed four [...]

    • Now that I’ve seen all five seasons of Merlin, it seemed like the perfect time to read this. Arthurian legend is fascinating and I knew absolutely nothing about it when I started watching the show. The creators of the show twisted all the legends into something completely different, that I realized after reading The Fall of Arthur. There is no mention whatsoever of Merlin. It concerns mainly Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Gawain and Mordred.I didn’t know that it was in the form of poetry. It [...]

    • Leggerlo in inglese è stato decisamente interessante e difficile. Indubbiamente un bel lavoro, peccato sia rimasto incompleto. Ho trovato soprattutto molto importanti le note del figlio di Tolkien, sicuramente un aiuto alla lettura, ma un insight profondo su tutto l'universo tolkeniano. Voglio approfondire il discorso Avalon e cercare di trovare interconnessioni con gli altri aspetti mitologici

    • I really enjoyed the J.R.R. Tolkien portions of this book. Not to say that Christopher Tolkien is a bad writer, on the contrary, his analysis is very well thought out and interesting. It's just that when you are reading the pieces written by the master, you certainly know it. Fair warning to the casual reader out there, this offering is a poem purposely written to emulate the meter an feel of an old piece of English literature. Only about a quarter or less of the book is actually material produc [...]

    • This is an AMAZING work that should change Tolkien and Inklings studies forever! Here are my three pieces on "The Fall of Arthur," all together in one place: theoddestinkling.wordpress. There is a pre-review in which I predicted what I thought the book would be like, before reading it. There is a follow-up blog post in which I say how well I did in my predictions (not very well!). And then there's my official review. Enjoy!

    • Well, I didn't finish my assignment that is due in two days but I did finish this book in one day :D and I do not regret it at all!

    • This book should be titled, “Christopher Tolkien’s commentaries on the Fall of Arthur by J.R.R Tolkien.”

    • There are several sections comprising this book and my responses to them were varied.Starting at the beginning there is the poem - or incomplete fragment there-of. It was never finished, like so many of Tolkien's projects. In my opinion, most of Tolkien's best work was left in an unfinished state at his death: The best stories are all in the Silmarillion, no complete version of which was extant at the time of Tolkien's demise. Instead a heap of fragments in prose and various verse forms co-exist [...]

    • `Gawain loudly cried as a clarion. Clear went his voicein the rocks ringing above roaring windand rolling thunder: 'Ride, forth to war,ye hosts of ruin, hate proclaiming!Foes we fear not, nor fell shadowsof the dark mountains demon-haunted!Hear now ye hills and hoar forest,ye awful thrones of olden godshuge and hopeless, hear and tremble!From the West comes war that no wind daunteth,might and purpose that no mist stayeth;lord of legions, light in darkness,east rides Arthur!' Echoes were wakened. [...]

    • nwhytevejournal/2873556mlThis is minor Tolkien, an uncompleted epic poem about the end of Arthur's reign, not far from the version recounted by Malory - which I know only via T.H. White, who was working on The Sword in the Stone at about the same time. One would like to find a direct link, but Tolkien stopped working on The Fall of Arthur in 1937 and The Sword in the Stone was not published until 1938 (Tolkien had read it by April 1940) - and of course the later part of the Arthur legend was not [...]

    • SPOILER ALERT: Arthur dies at the end. The poem itself is lovely, with some really breathtaking language, which was clearly wrought with patience and and an eye for the aesthetic. Christopher Tolkien's extensive notes lend even more gravitas to the poem by demonstrating the amount of research that went into the composition. That said, I feel like Tolkien is the white Tupac. Seriously though, when is this family going to stop pillaging every single note the man ever left behind in an effort to wr [...]

    • It is a pleasure to read Tolkien's alliterative poetry again. His translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the unfinished Children of Hurin have always been some of my favorite pieces of Tolkien's work, and The Fall of Arthur is much in the same lines. There are certain parts that I don't particularly care for (the second canto is a bit slow and Mordred is rather stocky in character) but there are some lines that are unbelievably powerful. In particular the end of the third canto is ra [...]

    • Reseña completa: laestanteriadeithil.cOpinión personal: La Caída de Arturo me parece un gran libro para cualquier gran fan de Tolkien pero terriblemente desaprovechado y mal enfocado. Si me dijeran que Christopher Tolkien está sacando manuscritos, por sacar, me lo creo totalmente. Aunque el poema sí que lo recomiendo a aquellos que os guste el autor y las leyendas artúricas; el libro en sí, me costaría recomendárselo incluso a los más fanáticos del autor. Para mí ha sido un libro par [...]

    • I only read the poem. I couldn't be bothered to read the stuff by Christopher Tolkien as it seemed pointless, the poem should have been published on its own.

    • Is this the best poetic work Tolkien wrote (not counting his translations)? I'm tempted to say so. His portraits of Mordred and Lancelot are especially strange and haunting, and his battle scenes rival Chesterton's "Lepanto" in force and image. Christopher Tolkien's notes and annotations in this edition are interesting, if overlong. I look forward to a little, pocket sized version of this work without all the notes, something I can slip in my backpocket and read by the ocean.

    • Ah, something new by J.R.R Tolkien - or rather one of his edited unfinished works. I hope it's better than The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún which while fine lacked a little polish in my eyes.

    • This was my first time reading one of the books that Christopher Tolkien edited and published. The actual poem makes up only about a quarter of the book. The other 75% walks through the evolution of the Arthurian legend in general and Tolkien's drafts of this poem in particular. Honestly, I skimmed quite a bit. Christopher goes into meticulous detail demonstrating Tolkien's changes and notes and offering his own conjectures on the cause. I realized that I had looked at all of these posthumous pu [...]

    • From the apparently inexhaustible depths of J.R.R. Tolkien’s papers comes another gem brought forth for the public by Christopher Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur. Being a longtime fan of all things King Arthur and a huge fan of Tolkien, I’ve wanted to read this book since it was published three years ago. I finally got my hands on a copy and here are my thoughts.The poetry here is breathtaking. There aren’t many people who laud Tolkien as a great poet, though I think he is, but this poem by fa [...]

    • A true Tolkien treat - - - for alliterative aficionadosawaits in these Saxon - - - styled stanzasof Arthur's wars and woes.Four and a half stars. Maybe even four and three-quarters.Yeah, well I'd like to have done the above in the right rhythm and mood, but 'alliterative' killed any chance of that, so I hope the thought counts. (Sorry about the dashes, but my spacing refused to appear!)Unfortunately unfinished, as so many of Tolkien's projects were, this often majestic poem builds towards a clim [...]

    • Christopher Tolkien puts me in mind of the scribe who in Matthew 13:52 is described as "like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." Kudos to Christopher for having rummaged in his father's dragon-hoard yet another time to dredge up, collate, analyze, and publish the surprising accumulation of drafts leading to "The Fall of Arthur," which obviously meant a great deal to JRRT before he abandoned the project, probably at about the time that [...]

    • The Fall of Arthur is another one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s unfinished works made available to the public via his son and editor, Christopher Tolkien. Between its unfinished nature, its form (alliterative verse in Old English style — though not actually in Old English), and its brevity, the book is really mostly, perhaps solely, of interest to diehard Tolkien “completists” or those with a semi-academic interest in the form.The poem, as mentioned, was never finished. Tolkien managed to complete [...]

    • EDIT: 7 June, 2013It breaks my heart when I read beautiful things like this, or Dicken's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and I know that no matter how lovely it is, I'll never get to read the end.That said, it was lovely to read even the small portion of this that exists, and my little fangirl heart was pleased with the supplementary material that was included.Dammit, Tolkien, I would much rather have had a completed version of this than the bulk of what got finished for The Silmarillion, which was [...]

    • Thought it was high time that I buckled down and started reading through some of those books in my Tolkien collection that aren't necessarily about Middle Earth, haha! That being said, the actual poem itself was STUNNING. Seriously, right in the feels. It ends to quickly and is sadly unfinished, but man, it's gorgeous. The majority of the book is a wide variety of notes, introductions and history of the poem. The ones that I found most interesting was the history of the Fall of Arthur through va [...]

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