New Tolkien book to be published in May 2009

Yes, it’s true that J.R.R. Tolkien continues to reach out to readers with “new” books more than 30 years after his death.

Rumor has long had it that Tolkien had translated the story of Sigurd from the Icelandic sagas (filling in some details from other sources). He mentioned the project, which he worked on in the mid-1920s, in a couple of letters.

Tolkien scholars have long been aware of the translation but until now it has not seen the light of day.

You can read more about the book on the Tolkien Studies Blog. All I know right now is that the book will be published by HarperCollins (no surprise there).

According to The Bookseller site, the new book will be published in May 2009.

Tolkien fans thought they had run out of unpublished manuscripts. To be honest, from what I’ve heard privately, I would say there is more yet waiting to be prepped and released. I’m glad his prolific writings have not been lost to posterity.

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