The Fall of Arthur

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“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 ...

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Overview

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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J.R.R. Tolkien grew to love his Middle Earth creations, but he never lost his deep affection for Arthurian England and its legends. In the late thirties, he abandoned an epic poem nearly a thousand lines long on the fall of King Arthur. It was a lapse he would regret: Even the mid-fifties, he voiced hopes to return to this ambitious project. Now we can see why. Composed in artful metered unrhymed lines, The Fall of Arthur holds its place as a significant achievement by a scholar poet who loved his craft. Editor's recommendation.

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.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544115897
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/23/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 157,719
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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 .

Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Excellent writing if you enjoy Epic Poems

    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.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

    Unique poetic style but not what I expected

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Arthur Lover 665

    I hated how much i loved thid book. Chrii feel so sorry for you losing your father. Keep up the awesomely bad work.

    2 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Sample Useless

    Worst sample ever...did I ever get to sample the book or was that some gobblety goop collection of gibberish??

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Want a free ipad

    Kiss your hand three times then post then post this comment on three different books the look under your pillow

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    Posted May 25, 2013

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