The Fall of Arthur

The Fall of Arthur 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

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  • Hardcover
  • 233 pages
  • The Fall of Arthur
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • English
  • 04 October 2017
  • 9780007489947

10 thoughts on “The Fall of Arthur

  1. says:

    I ve read a great many of Tolkien s works, many of which were published posthumously This does not always detract from the value of the work The Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien are both still fantastic pieces of writing despite the fact that Tolkien never really finished them However, they were completely drafted the entire stories were told and they just needed a final polish and an edit they were almost ready Unfortunately, The Fall of Arthur was far from ready What we have here is but a fragment, the setting of the stage if you like, of what would have been a fully developed epic This book, and the forty pages of poetry we are given, provides a mere curiosity for the most enthusiastic of Tolkien s fans, and for the casual reader it would only provide bitter disappointment This is not the only case of such a thing in the world of Tolkien fiction, thought it was the worse I have come across Despite the small amount of original work some of the books contain, they still feel like they belong to Tolkien This, on the other hand, felt like a commentary on Tolkien s work The writing of his son dominates the book as he tracks the creation and history of the very small amount of writing his farther created here All in all, Christopher Tolkien is the real author here And that saddens me He has dug deep into the treasure troves of his father s work, and he has pulled out many shinny gems but on this occasion he has pulled out a piece of pewter, tarnished and grey, and not at all ready for fine company The glimpse of the epic we see here provides just enough content to demonstrate how fully fleshed out it would have been had Tolkien wanted to finish it And there s the rub it s all one big tease I truly would have loved Tolkien to write the entire thing, I think it could have been fantastic The Fall of Arthur then is only worth it if you are really invested in Tolkien and even then I think most readers will be dissatisfied with it Not one I recommend.

  2. says:

    Who wrote this blurb Seriously The Fall of Arthur, the only venture by J.R.R Tolkien into the legends of Arthur King of Britain What s his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Chopped liver his finest and most skillful achievement in the use of the Old English alliterative metre Old English metre Not from what I ve seen Where re the half lines Not sure the stresses work either I m sure it is a wonderful, skillful work, but likely in Middle English alliterative metre like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which is rather relaxed.I ve been looking forward to this since I found out this poem existed, and once swore I could write my PhD on it Guess we ll find out soon Okay, I admit I seem to have been wrong it is Old English metre, the sample I looked at didn t reproduce the formatting I m still not sure the alliteration is right, though I ll need to look it up to be sure, but I think there s too much alliteration I could, however, be remembering the rules for Skaldic verse, which are not dissimilar, but strict.I have my copy in hand and a dental appointment later, so I shall stick my nose into these pages studiously until I am dragged to the dentist s chair Finished the poem itself, now to the additional matter But why has he written a poem about the fall of the British Celtic Arthur in battle against the Saxons in Saxon metre Conquerors have certainly claimed Arthur before now, but I wish he d published this in his lifetime, with his own notes, with his attentiveness to every detail, his concern with the provenance of texts and his invented histories for them Perhaps he would have recognised the irony in his choice of metre, even explained it.Onward, anyway, to Christopher Tolkien s bit.Which I found less than enlightening, really, since I wasn t interested in a play by play of the evolution of the poem and I don t need a primer on the Arthurian legends.Anyway, in summary fascinating to me as an academic, but I m not sure how it ll strike non academics I wish I could write a PhD on this, but there doesn t seem to be enough material.

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    It wasn t a book that I really enjoyed much NEW MATERIAL BY TOLKIEN I was really eager to read it since I found so awesome the idea of reading a new book by JRR Tolkien.Something that I d never think that it could be possible.Of course, I know that it was thanks to the editing of his son, Christopher Tolkien.But still, it was a new book by Tolkien A SWORD HARD TO TAKE OUT FROM STONE I found interesting some information of the legend of King Arthur in the further notes by Tolkien s son, however the verses themselves by JRR Tolkien were written in an English so old that I hardly could make some sense out of was happening in the narrative In all cases, they were the afternotes by Tolkien s son were I understood what supposed to happening on the verses.Also, a key factor of reading this book was the mention that there was a connection between the events here and the epic saga of The Lord of the Rings.However, I was expecting something insightful about the connection of Arthur s legend and the Middle Earth s stories, but the connection mentioned here was something that I already figured it out before and I heard it in some other TV documentary about it.Nevertheless, it s great to add of some Tolkien s work in my list of already read books.

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    This is the first time I read Tolkien I m one of those heartless people that haven t read The Lord of the Rings yet This book caught my attention because I love the legend of King Arthur I became a bit obsessed with it during my early years actually, anything Middle Ages related again, yes, I was a very popular kid at school, you can imagine I sang BSB songs to seem normal yes, that was normal back then I even created a website and wrote a couple of short stories that never saw the light of day and never will So, I thought this book was going to be an amazing ride However, it was like those little walks you take after eating an enormous amount of food and you can hardly move a toe.There are few pages written by Tolkien and the rest is all about notes, and footnotes and handnotes and necknotes written by his son, Christopher I must admit I skipped some of those fascinating notes, but others were quite helpful This was written in Old English and three verses contained a lot of words I ve never heard of So you can imagine how I suffered, considering that I can barely write a couple of coherent sentences in this language or my language, for that matter After reading those notes, I understood There are several aspects of the Arthurian legends that are not in the poem Here we have Arthur, Gawain, his nephew and other knights that went to fight the Saxons but had to come back thanks to good old pal Mordred Aww, family Sweet Guinevere made an appearance also, like a beautiful woman world walking for the woe of men without shedding any tear Something that interested Mordred, quite a bit.His bed was barren there black phantoms of desire unsated and savage fury in his brain had brooded till bleak morning.The Fifty Shades of Grey of those days, apparently.All in all, the poem is beautiful, powerful and evocative Cold blew the wind, keen and wintry, in rising wrath from the rolling forest among roaring leaves Rain came darkly, and the sun was swallowed in sudden tempest It s like we re privileged witnesses of those detailed descriptions, those vivid images that Tolkien is narrating I imagined every verse I loved it it s a shame he couldn t finish it And, well I kind of forgot about the rest of the book I just can t help the feeling of being tricked.Jan 09, 14 Also on my blog.

  5. says:

    Not to make you jealous or anything, but I bought this at the Bodleian Library gift shop after going through the Tolkien art exhibit I had no idea what it was, except that it was recently published, and was touted as the only time he took on the Arthurian legend I am not at all disappointed in this purchase, just as I am not disappointed in the bookmark, bracelet, and print I also purchased but that s another story The first sixty pages or so are the poem, written in Saxon alliterative style, of the last days of Arthur After there, son Christopher takes over and talks about the different drafts, where the ending might have headed, what the sources were, and so forth Fascinating stuff, whether you re into Tolkien, poetry, Old English, King Arthur there s really a lot going on for all kinds of people I thought the little moments of Christopher s frustration with his father quitting the poem, with his father s handwriting were quite great But what I really liked was the appendix, largely taken from one of Tolkien Senior s own lectures about Anglo Saxon poetry That was truly fascinating stuff, and I had no idea about any of it And I say this as someone who has read the Norse sagas in the original language.

  6. says:

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  7. says:

    I really enjoyed the J.R.R Tolkien portions of this book Not to say that Christopher Tolkien is a bad writer, on the contrary, his analysis is very well thought out and interesting It s just that when you are reading the pieces written by the master, you certainly know it Fair warning to the casual reader out there, this offering is a poem purposely written to emulate the meter an feel of an old piece of English literature Only about a quarter or less of the book is actually material produced by J.R.R Tolkien, the rest is an in depth analysis of the poem and it s fit with other classic Arthurian literature by his son, Christopher Tolkien Unless you get into the inner workings of literature and poetry and enjoy reading excerpts of Olde English, I wouldn t recommend this book to just anybody.Overall, I found this to be a fairly fascinating book I think that Christopher does a very admirable job of breaking down and analyzing his father s work and tying it into the other classic literature I also appreciate the connections that he makes to his fathers penultimate masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings Even thought this is a seemingly unrelated work, Christopher has managed to find some interesting similarities between it and his father s writings of Middle Earth.Where this truly shines is in allowing the Tolkien fan to read a previously unpublished piece of Tolkien literature that we may not have otherwise seen Make no mistake, this is a piece of what would have been a larger work but was for one reason or another abandoned by the author What we are offered is a fragment and may not have ever looked even remotely like the piece we are presented with in its final form, but we will never actually know A huge thank you to Christopher Tolkien for bringing us what he could of this work My only real complaint in the layout that Christopher presented is that I would have put the second study directly after the poem as it deals with the notes of things that were to come and I think would have provided a satisfying feel to read while the actual work was still fresh to my mind.On a side note one thing that I did find interesting is that, even though Christopher is a great analyst and very detailed in his research, he presents a small excerpt of a lecture that his father gave at some point This small excerpt of lecture illustrates just how talented his father is as it literally jumps off the page He s not talking about anything of particular interest unto itself, but the nuances and the wording make the excerpt come alive Not to take anything away from his son, but this piece really made me realize what the difference is between someone who is an expert and very good at what he does and a true master of the written word.

  8. says:

    Mirkwood is a forest in Saxon Germany NOT Middle Earth contrary to popular belief EVERYBODY NEEDS TO KNOW THIS, MIRKWOOD IN THIS BOOK IS IN GERMANY NOT IN MIDDLE EARTH

  9. says:

    Impassioned nuances and provocative profundity pierce you to the core, as you plunge within the Arthurian mythologies and legends Buried within these three highly illuminating essays, which explore the literary world of King Arthur , is the deeper meaning of each individual verse revealed with such sublime clarity JRR Tolkien s unfinished work is a treasure trove of revelatory, fascinating delights akin to Sir Gwain and the Green Knight or even other published masterworks such as the Silmarillion or anglo saxon poetry Beowulf. as it contains such intriguing links to his epic Lord of the Rings trilogy and entire mythology that he created, as a whole As I assiduously study linguistics and as a literature theoretician , I found Tolkien s aspect on Middle English and how our language has evolved over time, utterly intriguing to read Our language now has become quick moving..The language of our forefathers was slow, very sonorous, and was intensely packed and concentrated QuoteHence, this comprehensive compendium of factual erudition and mythological references will delight the astute philosopher in equal measure to the regular reader What I revelled in most was JRR Tolkien s representation of the Lady Guinevere whose unwavering love and internal strength continues to embolden. Dear she loved himwith love unyielding, Lady ruthless for the woe of menFrom war she shrank not, might her will conquer,Life both and love with delight keepingTo wield as she wished while the world lasted In storm of darkness In pain they parted..If you play with Fire you get burnt proverb

  10. says:

    This is a brilliant evocation of the Arthurian, with shadows that are dark, presages of Middle earth, and a stunning indictment of those who say that Tolkien cannot write women My favorite book this year.

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