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Ein Toast auf Christopher Tolkien


Hallo Salamander,

Samstag war Heiden-Stammtisch. Ein neuer Gast, viele bekannte Gesichter, Dummzeug neben ernsten Gesprächen (über die Willi-Wodan-We-Verteilung, so unter anderem nebenher), dazu gutes Essen (carnivor, vegan und vegetarisch). Irgendwann stand ich auf, hob mein Glas und sagte ein paar Worte über jemanden, der gerade verstorben war, und der vielen Menschen die nordische Mythologie näher gebracht hat – Christopher Tolkien. Mein Stammtisch (ja, wegen solcher Dinge ist es „mein“ Stammtisch) trank mit. Danke dafür.

Christopher Tolkien? Hier ein paar erklärende Worte:

Tolkien was born in Leeds, England, the third of four children and youngest son of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and his wife, Edith Mary Tolkien (née Bratt). (…)

He entered the Royal Air Force in mid-1943 (…). (…)

After the war, he studied English (…). (…)

Tolkien had long been part of the critical audience for his father’s fiction, first as a child listening to tales of Bilbo Baggins (which were published as The Hobbit), and then as a teenager and young adult offering much feedback on The Lord of the Rings during its 15-year gestation. He had the task of interpreting his father’s sometimes self-contradictory maps of Middle-earth in order to produce the versions used in the books, and he re-drew the main map in the late 1970s to clarify the lettering and correct some errors and omissions. J. R. R. Tolkien invited Christopher to join the Inklings when he was 21 years old, making him the youngest member of the informal literary discussion society (…). (…)

He published The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise: “Translated from the Icelandic with Introduction, Notes and Appendices by Christopher Tolkien” in 1960.

His father J. R. R. Tolkien wrote a great deal of material connected to the Middle-earth legendarium that was not published in his lifetime. He had originally intended to publish The Silmarillion along with The Lord of the Rings, and parts of it were in a finished state when he died in 1973, but the project was incomplete. Tolkien once referred to his son as his “chief critic and collaborator”, and named him his literary executor in his will. Tolkien organized the masses of his father’s unpublished writings, some of them written on odd scraps of paper a half-century earlier. Much of the material was handwritten; frequently a fair draft was written over a half-erased first draft, and names of characters routinely changed between the beginning and end of the same draft. In the years following, Tolkien worked on the manuscripts and was able to produce an edition of The Silmarillion for publication in 1977.[1]

Verdienter Toast.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Tolkien; 20.10.2020


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