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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A novel about J.R.R. Tolkein?

Over at Bleeding Cool there was an article on Monday about a novel called Mirkwood, by Steve Hillard.  I'd never heard of Mirkwood and Hillard, but apparently the novel features J.R.R. Tolkein as a main character.  Earlier this year it was reported that the Tolkein Estate was in a legal battle with Hillard to have all copies of the novel destroyed.  The estate was demanding an immediate halt to further sales, and threatened legal action to obtain damages.

It's now being reported that Hillard has reached an agreement with the protective estate that will see the novel make it to publication.  He also signed a deal that will see the book adapted to a movie.  The 450-page work recounts a young woman's quest to find her grandfather after discovering documents given to him by Tolkien.  Here's the blurb:
Mirkwood, re-invents J.R.R. Tolkien as a man haunted by the very myths he rewove into his famous works. As much literary criticism as boisterous epic, this episodically-driven plot explores the blurred borderlands where ancient tales, lost heroines, and epic journeys are stalked by dim monsters that will not be still. In 1970, Professor Tolkien makes a little-known visit to America-and sets in motion elvish powers embodied in a cache of archaic documents. Destinies are altered, legends become real, and two heroines must race for their lives in vastly different worlds.
It's currently available on Kindle for $2.99 and will be released in hard-copy August 18.  Anyone else interested in checking this out?  Seems very intriguing.

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