Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

In The News: Tolkien's Grandson, Simon

While scanning bookish news on the net this morning, the name Tolkien popped out at me. Do all Tolkien fans go on point whenever they spot the name out of the corner of their eye or hear the name out of the corner of their ear? I know I do.

This news article is about Simon Tolkien coming into his own as a writer. I always knew about Christopher Tolkien, of course, but was not aware of a grandson. Apparently, Simon felt J. R. R. Tolkien's iconic status so keenly that he determined that he himself could not write. Wouldn't that be a daunting legacy to have hanging over one's head? I wouldn't have dared to even scribble!

However, the Tolkien DNA won out in the end and Simon is a published author. The premise of his most recent book sounds interesting but isn't my typical read. It seems more like a movie I would enjoy but I may have to read it anyway. Curiousity...

Here is a link to the news article which also has interesting information about Simon's changing views of the LoTR movies. Enjoy!
Tolkien Out From Under Grandfather's Shadow


  1. oh my gosh, he's published another one! My mom read his first book, THE STEPMOTHER (I think that's what it was called) and said that it wasn't bad.
    Thanks for posting :D

  2. The article doesn't mention The Stepmother-- it mentions Final Witness-- maybe he has 3 books? Thanks for passing on the info from your mom-- I hoped someone had read one of his books and would report in.

  3. Just the "half Christie, half Grisham" on the cover caught my eye! (queen bee)


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