Christopher was the editor for J.R.R. Tolkien's work that was published after his father's death, including The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth.
Christopher Tolkien, the son of Lord Of The Rings author JRR Tolkien, has died at the age of 95, reported CNN. Christopher was the third son of the author J.R.R. Tolkien and the news of his demise was announced on Twitter by the Tolkien Society. Christopher was also the editor for his father J.R.R. Tolkien's work that was published after his death, including The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth. In a separate tweet, the Tolkien society mentioned "Christopher was Middle-earth's first scholar. Namárië." The word Namárië is meant both as a greeting and a goodbye in the language of Quenya, a language created by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95. The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family. pic.twitter.com/X83PTx4b7x— Tolkien Society (@TolkienSociety) January 16, 2020
He was born in Leeds and spent most of his childhood living in a big family. Before joining Trinity College, Oxford to study English, Christopher served in the military in various positions. Since he took up literature, Christopher wrote works of his own, but he is best known for disseminating information about The Lord of the Rings as well as Middle-earth in general.
Tolkien Society chair Shaun Gunner wrote in the society's website, "We have lost a titan and he will be sorely missed." Christopher Tolkein is survived by his wife Baillie, and three children, Simon, Adam, and Rachel.
RIP to Christopher Tolkien, who worked tirelessly to continue his father's legacy by editing and publishing The Silmarillion, Beren and Lúthien, and countless other stories. Thank you for sharing more of Middle Earth with us. May you find the white shores of the Undying Lands. pic.twitter.com/qJA3KBp5sB— whimsydearest (@whimsydearest) January 17, 2020
It's only because of Christopher Tolkien that the world got to know and read about 'The Silmarillion' even though his father, J.R.R. Tolkien died while he was in the middle of finishing the book. Before finishing 'The Silmarillion', J.R.R. Tolkien had named his son the literary executive, since he was the "chief critic and contributor." By 1977, Christopher already organized all of his father's papers and other extra information so that he can publish his historical record about the Middle-earth.
Your work was good, sir, and that of your father. This world sorely needs more true storytelling of the Tolkien kind.— Michael C. Erasmus (@m_c_erasmus) January 16, 2020
In recent times, Christopher worked on projects such as Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary which was previously written by J.R.R. and the premise of it was written outside the middle-Earth. The book was published in 2014 and it was just four years later Christopher Tolkien stepped down as Chairman of the Tolkien Estate. Since the news of his demise broke, numerous fans on Twitter users left their condolences on the Tolkien Society's tweet.
Way before the popular movie trilogy, I was a huge fan of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.— 𝔾𝕣𝕒𝕡𝕙𝕚𝕔 ℝ𝕖𝕤𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕣 (@jaywhyelle) January 16, 2020
I have fond memories of not being able to put the books down, and reading them late into the night with a flashlight under my blanket during the summer before 7th grade.
One person wrote, "Your work was good, sir, and that of your father. This world sorely needs more true storytelling of the Tolkien kind." Another one added, "Way before the popular movie trilogy, I was a huge fan of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. I have fond memories of not being able to put the books down, and reading them late into the night with a flashlight under my blanket during the summer before 7th grade."
Coming back to the future of Tolkien estate, it will now be overseen by Baillie Tolkien, Christopher's wife. The grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael George Tolkien, has also done a lot of work in order to preserve the state's integrity and since middle-Earth is still extremely popular, the legacy of Tolkien bloodline will live on.