J.R.R. Tolkien’s Previously Unpublished ‘The Fall of Arthur’ Coming Next Year

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By Maryann Yin Comment

HarperCollins’ UK division will publish J.R.R. Tolkien‘s previously unpublished epic poem, “The Fall of Arthur.” In this work, Tolkien imagines how the legendary King Arthur spent the last days of his life.

Tolkien’s son, Christopher Tolkien, edited the poem and wrote three essays about the literary world of King Arthur for this book. According to Examiner.com, this title will be published in May 2013.

The Guardian has more: “Running to more than 200 pages, Tolkien’s story was inspired by Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas Malory‘s tales of King Arthur, and is told in narrative verse. Set in the last days of Arthur’s reign, the poem sees Tolkien tackling the old king’s battle to save his country from Mordred the usurper, opening as Arthur and Gawain go to war.”

Fantasy fans now have two Tolkien projects to learn forward to in 2013. The Desolation of Smaug, the second installment of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit film trilogy, will hit theaters on December 13, 2013.