The Catholic Culture Podcast: Ep. 66 – Christopher Tolkien, 1924-2020:

Feb 12, 2020:

This is a tribute to Christopher Tolkien, who passed away on Jan. 16, 2020. Without Christopher’s decades of dedicated scholarship, most notably his editing and publication of The Silmarillion, our knowledge of JRR Tolkien’s fictional world and very real genius would be considerably disadvantaged. Tolkien scholar John Garth, author of the acclaimed biography: Tolkien and the Great War:joins the show to discuss a father-son collaboration unique in literary history.


[5:36] How Christopher Tolkien helped John in working on his book:

[13:40] The significance of the chronology of the composition of JRR Tolkien’s works:

[16:31] JRR Tolkien’s lifelong work on: The Silmarillion: and the editorial problems posed by the different drafts left at his death:

[23:37] Christopher’s childhood involvement with his father’s writing:

[29:19] The input Christopher had on the chapters of: The Lord of the Rings: written during WWII:

[34:40] Christopher’s return from the war and his involvement with The Inklings:

[37:01] The initial response to: The:
Silmarillion:; impetus to edit: History of Middle-Earth: series:

[43:17] JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis’s forays into science fiction:

[47:47] What we learn from Tolkien’s early drafts presented in:
The History of Middle-Earth:

[55:15] Christopher’s academic career, separate from his father’s writing:

[58:00] The Children of Hurin:, Beren and Luthien:and: The Fall of Gondolin:

[1:00:19] John and Thomas’s favorite posthumous publication from Tolkien, The Children of H::rin:

[1:03:10] Tolkien’s exploration of his own creativity and flaws through his characters:

[1:06:01] Two recommendations for informed Tolkien fans looking to go deeper:


John Garth’s obituary of Christopher Tolkien:

John Garth’s website:

John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War:

John Garth, Tolkien at Exeter College:

If you haven’t read it yet, The Silmarillion:

John’s recommendations for “advanced” Tolkien study:

The Monsters and the Critics and other Essays:

The Fall of Gondolin:

Online Great Books discount link:

Episode 27: interview with OGB founder Scott Hambrick:

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