J.R.R. Tolkien Has a New Book Coming Out

Posted on September 19, 2006

Just because he's dead doesn't mean he doesn't have a new book coming out. A new, previously unpublished work by J.R.R. Tolkien will hit bookstores in April, 2007. The book will be titled The Children of Hurin.

Houghton Mifflin has acquired U.S. rights to to book. HarperCollins UK initially acquired world rights to the project. PW reports Christopher Tolkien is reconstructing the book from his father's drafts.

Janet Silver, vice president and publisher of Houghton Mifflin, told Publishers Weekly, "As J.R.R. Tolkien's original American publisher, dating back to The Hobbit, we are extremely proudto be bringing thisproject to Tolkien's devoted readership in the United States."

We're quite happy to learn that Christopher Tolkien is taking the time to ensure that all of his father's work is finally published.

Update: Here's a blurb from the publisher

Six thousand years before the One Ring is destroyed, Middle-earth lies under the shadow of the Dark Lord Morgoth. The greatest warriors among elves and men have perished, and all is in darkness and despair. But a deadly new leader rises, Túrin, son of Húrin, and with his grim band of outlaws begins to turn the tide in the war for Middle-earth—awaiting the day he confronts his destiny and the deadly curse laid upon him.
Update: Book cover added.

Image: Houghton Mifflin



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