In Memoriam: Christopher Tolkien (November 12, 1924 – January 16, 2020)

The son and literary executor of JRR Tolkien’s estate, Christopher Tolkien, has passed away at the age of 95. I and millions of other readers owe him an inestimable debt for his life work. Without him, nothing of The Silmarillion or the other posthumous works of Tolkien would have been published, stories which have made my life so much better. Rest In Peace, Christopher. May we meet again in our Lord’s presence.


  1. Krysta says:

    He really seemed immortal, still editing his father’s works in his 90s. This is a sad day.

    1. David says:

      Indeed. I knew this day would come soon, but still…it seemed he always had more to publish. He did say that “Beren and Lúthien” was to be the last one, though, and I’m so glad he completed it.

      1. Krysta says:

        “Beren and Luthien” was a perfect final piece for him. But it does feel like he might have gone on forever. It feels like the end of an era.

  2. When I opened Facebook tonight, it seemed an international mourning day – people all over the world were grieving. I’m very grateful to Christopher for all his work, for the dedication to his father’s heritage and for the priceless gift of preserving it and passing it to us – fans, scholars, readers. Today we all have become orphans again…

  3. He worked so tirelessly to make sure his father would be happy with the Middle Earth legacy. I know Tolkien is proud.

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