Christopher Tolkien, the youngest son of the literary giant J.R.R. Tolkien, passed away at the age of 95. His father gained eternal fame as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but when he died in 1973, he left many manuscripts unfinished. Christopher Tolkien finished his father's works, preserving the brilliance of this classic author, building on his legacy, and becoming a literary giant himself.
The idea that Christopher Tolkien — who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, lectured on Old Icelandic at Oxford, published his own work, and had children of his own — would be primarily remembered as a son may seem an insult but it is actually a testament to his humility and his decision to build on the tremendous legacy his father had created.GO READ THE WHOLE THING.