June 10, 2016

"The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun"

There’s another Tolkien book coming on the horizon! Each time another one is published, I think ‘will this be the last one?’ Because, aside from anniversary or deluxe editions, there’s no telling. In the case of this one I’m going to mention, and A Secret Vice (and possibly others) it’s existing material, but ‘expanded’…because we are seeing more ‘expanded’ Tolkien works, I’m going to give a new category called that.

Anyway, this time, it’s
The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun. Here is the official ‘blurb’, and info (still a tad early in regards to know if a deluxe version will be coming (it could come later like The Story of Kullervo, whose deluxe edition is coming in October. USUALLY the deluxe version is published the same time as other versions, or shortly after. In Kullervo’s case, it’s about a year off)

“Coming from the darker side of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination, "The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun" is an important non Middle-earth work to set alongside his other retellings of existing myth and legend, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, The Fall of Arthur and The Story of Kullervo.

Together with Tolkien’s “Corrigan Poems”, which are included in this book, the Aotrou and Itroun texts comprise a sequence that was the outcome of a comparatively short but intense period in Tolkien's life when he was deeply engaged with Celtic languages and mythologies.
The sequence shows the corrigan’s increasingly powerful presence, as she takes an ever more active role in the lives of Aotrou and Itroun, Lord and Lady. She would finally emerge, changed in motive and character but still recognizable, in The Lord of the Rings as the beautiful and terrible Lady of the Golden Wood, the Elven queen Galadriel.

The book is edited and introduced by Verlyn Flieger, and includes a new prefatory note on the text by Christopher Tolkien.”

Product details

·         Hardcover: 120 pages
·         Publisher: HarperCollins (3 Nov. 2016)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-13: 978-0008202132

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