The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún has now been released!

The new Tolkien book I mentioned earlier on this year (see 30 January 2009) has now been released! Tolkien’s The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún is a verse retelling of the Völsunga saga, which he originally composed in the 1920s and 1930s. The book was edited by Tolkien’s son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, and it is bound to become an important text to introduce students to Old Norse literature and culture.

  • To buy this book in hardback click here
  • To buy this book in paperback click here
  • To read Tom Shippey’s review of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún in The Times Literary Supplement click here
  • To red Marjorie Burns’ review of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún in The Wall Street Journal click here

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún will also be released as an audio book in August, read by the Scottish multi-award winning actor Brian Cox. For “behind the scenes” video clips from the recordings, as well as more information on the book, watch the promotional video below.

In the light of this new publication the official Tolkien Estate website has been updated. It now includes:



Book Trailer
Promotional Video


Tolkien Studies Vol. 6

The sixth volume of the journal Tolkien Studies has just been published. As always it contains a great selection of scholarly articles, shorter notes and book reviews on many different aspects of Tolkien’s creativity. The leading article is a very insightful discussion of Tolkien as a literary crtaftsman by John D. Rateliff. The journal also includes a previously unpublished note by J.R.R. Tolkien on “Fate and Free Will”, edited by Carl Hostetter. In the same volume Thomas Honegger has reviewed my recently published book Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits.

  • For a full table of contents of Tolkien Studies Vol. 6, click here.
  • To read the beginning of Thomas Honegger’s review of my book (or the review in its entirety if you subscribe to Project Muse) click here.