Son and Editor of J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Dies at 95

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The son of the legendary The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, has died at the age of 95.

The Tolkien Society took to Twitter to break the news. “Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95,” the org tweeted. “The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family.”

Christopher, Tolkien’s third-born son, was well known among the fans of his father. Christopher showed great interest in his father’s work, which eventually led him to edit and publish unpublished materials of his father, which includes The Silmarillion in 1977 and The Fall of Gondolin in 2018. He was more known for publishing the historical record of Middle-earth of J.R.R. Tolkien after he died in 1973.


“As chair of @TolkienSociety this must surely be the very saddest day for me and all of us,” he wrote. “Christopher Tolkien was a titan of fantasy and his legacy will live on forever. Namárië #Tolkien” said the chair of Tolkien Society, Shaun Gunner, mourning Tolkien’s death.