The Fall of Arthur
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The Fall of Arthur

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by J. R. R. Tolkien
     
 

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New York Times bestseller
 
“An incomplete but highly compelling retelling . . . An action-packed, doom-haunted saga, full of vivid natural description.”—New York Times Book Review

The Fall of Arthur recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur, who, even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood, is

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New York Times bestseller
 
“An incomplete but highly compelling retelling . . . An action-packed, doom-haunted saga, full of vivid natural description.”—New York Times Book Review

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.

“Compelling in pace, haunted by loss, it lives up to expectations.”—Daily Beast

“Erudite and beautiful.” – NPR.org

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún:“This is the most unexpected of Tolkien’s many posthumous publications; his son’s ‘Commentary’ is a model of informed accessibility; the poems stand comparison with their Eddic models, and there is little poetry in the world like those” Times Literary Supplement“The compact verse form is ideally suited to describing impact… elsewhere it achieves a stark beauty” Telegraph
The New York Times Book Review - Andrew O'Hehir
…an incomplete but highly compelling retelling of perhaps the most famous and familiar legend in the British tradition…In reinterpreting and synthesizing a wide range of medieval and modern sources, The Fall of Arthur begins to reimagine the Arthurian world in startling fashion, prefiguring many of the themes and images that recur throughout Tolkien's later imaginative work, as well as its language…This is an action-packed, doom-haunted saga, full of vivid natural description, plunging us right into the middle of an apocalyptic war with almost no exposition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007489947
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
05/23/2013
Pages:
240

Meet the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion . His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth .

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 3, 1892
Date of Death:
September 2, 1973
Place of Birth:
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
Place of Death:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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The Fall of Arthur 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LovesFantasyPC More than 1 year ago
The description of the book highlights the use of "Old English alliterative meter." This style is somewhat tedious to read in long intervals. The words and story are engaging (more likely from familiarity with the story line)but the long narrative poem is quite different from Tolkien's story telling with intense detaile. I found it difficult to stay interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an epic poem, not a novel. I excitedly purchased without first opting for a sample. While it is interesting, and in the genre of the classic epic poem such as Beowulf, I was disappointed as I was so looking forward to another novel about Arthur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand three times then post then post this comment on three different books the look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst sample ever...did I ever get to sample the book or was that some gobblety goop collection of gibberish??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated how much i loved thid book. Chrii feel so sorry for you losing your father. Keep up the awesomely bad work.