September 7, 2016

"The Lay of Aortrou and Itroun" Full Details

Cover art has been revealed for the upcoming re-publication of the new Tolkien book, The Lay of Aortrou and Itroun, which completes the information on the book.

It is a 503-line poem written by Tolkien in 1930, and published in The Welsh Review in 1945. Nov. 3, 2016 will see it re-published as its own book.

Here are the official details:

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 GudrĂșn, 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.

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 01 edition (3 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008202133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008202132
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
Please note that as of now, it's only being published as a hardback, as well as an ebook. Expect a paperback edition 1-2 years after. No word on a deluxe edition. Don't expect one, but if it's announced I'll relay the info here. 

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