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[[ Read Epub ]] à The Fall of Arthur ë 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 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 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 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 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 I ve read a great many of Tolkien s works, many of which were published posthumously This does not always detract from the value of the work The Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien are both still fantastic pieces of writing despite the fact that Tolkien never really finished them However, they were completely drafted the entire stories were told and they just needed a final polish and an edit they were almost ready Unfortunately, The Fall of Arthur was far from ready What we have here I ve read a great many of Tolkien s works, many of which were published posthumously This does not always detract from the value of the work The Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien are both still fantastic pieces of writing despite the fact that Tolkien never really finished them However, they were completely drafted the entire stories were told and they just needed a final polish and an edit they were almost ready Unfortunately, The Fall of Arthur was far from ready What we have here is but a fragment, the setting of the stage if you like, of what would have been a fully developed epic This book, and the forty pages of poetry we are given, provides a mere curiosity for the most enthusiastic of Tolkien s fans, and for the casual reader it would only provide bitter disappointment This is not the only case of such a thing in the world of Tolkien fiction, thought it was the worse I have come across Despite the small amount of original work some of the books contain, they still feel like they belong to Tolkien This, on the other hand, feltlike a commentary on Tolkien s work The writing of his son dominates the book as he tracks the creation and history of the very small amount of writing his farther created here All in all, Christopher Tolkien is the real author here And that saddens me He has dug deep into the treasure troves of his father s work, and he has pulled out many shinny gems but on this occasion he has pulled out a piece of pewter, tarnished and grey, and not at all ready for fine company The glimpse of the epic we see here provides just enough content to demonstrate how fully fleshed out it would have been had Tolkien wanted to finish it And there s the rub it s all one big tease I truly would have loved Tolkien to write the entire thing, I think it could have been fantastic The Fall of Arthur then is only worth it if you are really invested in Tolkien and even then I think most readers will be dissatisfied with it Not one I recommend 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, butlikely in Middle English alliterati 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, butlikely in Middle English alliterative metre like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which is ratherrelaxed.I ve been looking forward to this since I found out this poem existed, and once swore I could write my PhD on it Guess we ll find out soon Okay, I admit I seem to have been wrong it is Old English metre, the sample I looked at didn t reproduce the formatting I m still not sure the alliteration is right, though I ll need to look it up to be sure, but I think there s too much alliteration I could, however, be remembering the rules for Skaldic verse, which are not dissimilar, butstrict.I have my copy in hand and a dental appointment later, so I shall stick my nose into these pages studiously until I am dragged to the dentist s chair Finished the poem itself, now to the additional matter But why has he written a poem about the fall of the British Celtic Arthur in battle against the Saxons in Saxon metre Conquerors have certainly claimed Arthur before now, but I wish he d published this in his lifetime, with his own notes, with his attentiveness to every detail, his concern with the provenance of texts and his invented histories for them Perhaps he would have recognised the irony in his choice of metre, even explained it.Onward, anyway, to Christopher Tolkien s bit.Which I found less than enlightening, really, since I wasn t interested in a play by play of the evolution of the poem and I don t need a primer on the Arthurian legends.Anyway, in summary fascinating to me as an academic, but I m not sure how it ll strike non academics I wish I could write a PhD on this, but there doesn t seem to be enough material It wasn t a book that I really enjoyed much NEW 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 STONE I found interesting some information of the legend of King Arthur in the further notes by Tolkien s It wasn t a book that I really enjoyed much NEW 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 STONE I found interesting some information of the legend of King Arthur in the further notes by Tolkien s son, however the verses themselves by JRR Tolkien were written in an English so old that I hardly could make some sense out of was happening in the narrative In all cases, they were the afternotes by Tolkien s son were I understood what supposed to happening on the verses.Also, a key factor of reading this book was the mention that there was a connection between the events here and the epic saga of The Lord of the Rings.However, I was expecting somethinginsightful about the connection of Arthur s legend and the Middle Earth s stories, but the connection mentioned here was something that I already figured it out before and I heard it in some other TV documentary about it.Nevertheless, it s great to add of some Tolkien s work in my list of already read books