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The Fall of Arthur

By J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien, 1892-1973

The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R. Tolkien into the legends of Arthur, king of Britain, may well be regarded as his finest and most skillful achievement in the use of Old English alliterative meter, in which he brought to his transforming perceptions of the old narratives a pervasive sense of the grave and fateful nature of all that is told: of Arthur’s expedition overseas into distant heathen lands, of Guinevere’s flight from Camelot, of the great sea battle on Arthur’s return to Britain, in the portrait of the traitor Mordred, in the tormented doubts of Lancelot in his French castle.

Unhappily, The Fall of Arthur was one of several long narrative poems that Tolkien abandoned. He evidently began it in the 1930s, and it was sufficiently advanced for him to send it to a very perceptive friend who read it with great enthusiasm at the end of 1934 and urgently pressed him, "You simply must finish it!" But in vain: he abandoned it at some unknown date, though there is evidence that it may have been in 1937, the year of publication of The Hobbit and the first stirrings of The Lord of the Rings. Years later, in a letter of 1955, he said that he "hoped to finish a long poem on The Fall of Arthur," but that day never came.

Associated with the text of the poem, however, are many manuscript pages: a great quantity of drafting and experimentation in verse, in which the strange evolution of the poem’s structure is revealed, together with narrative synopses and significant tantalizing notes. In these notes can be discerned clear if mysterious associations of the Arthurian conclusion with The Silmarillion, and the bitter ending of the love of Lancelot and Guinevere, which was never written.

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2013

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Format: Book
Author: Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973
Summary: The first publication of a previously unknown narrative poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the extraordinary story of the final days of England's legendary hero, King Arthur.
Title: The fall of Arthur / J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Subject: Arthur, King -- Poetry. Britons -- Kings and rulers -- Poetry. Knights and knighthood -- Poetry Arthurian romances -- Adaptations
Isbn: 9780544115897 0544115899
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System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: PR6039.O32 F35 2013
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Bib Id: 440188

Format: Book
Author: Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973
Summary: The first publication of a previously unknown narrative poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the extraordinary story of the final days of England's legendary hero, King Arthur.
Title: The fall of Arthur / J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Subjects: Arthur, King -- Poetry.
Subjects: Britons -- Kings and rulers -- Poetry.
Subjects: Knights and knighthood -- Poetry
Subjects: Arthurian romances -- Adaptations
Other Author: Tolkien, Christopher editor.
ISBN: 9780544115897
ISBN: 0544115899
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: PR6039.O32 F35 2013