Versions. During his lifetime, J.R.R. Tolkien produced multiple versions of fragmented stories that remained incomplete at the time of his death. His son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, has assembled versions of one of those stories in a book titled, The Fall of Gondolin. I might have enjoyed each version of this story fifty years ago at the time I first read The Lord of the Rings. Today, I found myself gaining an increased understanding of the plight of a literary executor going over lots of pages of unfinished works and trying to make sense of it all. This is likely to be the last work by Tolkien to be published, so longtime fans are those readers most likely to enjoy reading every fragment that adds to the world of Tolkien.
Rating: Three-star (It’s ok)
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