Christopher Tolkien, the son of author J.R.R. Tolkien, has passed away in France at the age of 95, French newspaper Var-Matin reports. He is believed to have died in his sleep some time between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Though he was born and raised in England, the youngest son of the Lord of the Rings author spent the last few decades of his life in France, living in quiet obscurity in the countryside in his home, Les Sablons.
Tolkien’s Role In His Father’s Lord of the Rings Books
The younger Tolkien and his brothers would oft find themselves sitting around their father, as he would regale them with tales of characters and words that he made up entirely in his imagination. By some accounts he provided feedback to his father as the elder Tolkien spent over a decade piecing together what would be his seminal work, The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Additionally, the younger Tolkien was a key player in drawing the maps of Middle Earth that would appear in the books, which were signed C.J.R.T. (the younger Tolkien’s initials). Christopher had the job of editing his father’s maps, which included errors and internal inconsistencies; indeed, when the books were re-published in the 1970s, Christopher completely re-drew the original maps to edit out even more errors and inconsistencies.
Ensuring His Father’s Legacy
When the elder Tolkien died in 1973, Christopher took over management of his father’s works, many of which were unpublished, many more of which were unfinished.
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SOURCE: Inquisitr, Aaron Homer