The Fall of Arthur

The Fall of Arthur

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New York Times bestseller “An incomplete but highly compelling retelling . . . An action-packed, doom-haunted saga, full of vivid natural description.”—New York Times Book Review

The Fall of Arthur recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur, who, even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood, is summoned back to Britain by news of the treachery of Mordred. Already weakened in spirit by Guinevere’s infidelity with the now-exiled Lancelot, Arthur must rouse his knights to battle one last time against Mordred’s rebels and foreign mercenaries. Powerful, passionate, and filled with vivid imagery, this unfinished poem reveals Tolkien’s gift for storytelling at its brilliant best. Christopher Tolkien, editor, contributes three illuminating essays that explore the literary world of King Arthur, reveal the deeper meaning of the verses and the painstaking work his father applied to bring the poem to a finished form, and investigate the intriguing links between The Fall of Arthur and Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

“Compelling in pace, haunted by loss, it lives up to expectations.”—Daily Beast

“Erudite and beautiful.” –

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544126060
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/23/2013
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 178,718
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.

Date of Birth:

January 3, 1892

Date of Death:

September 2, 1973

Place of Birth:

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)

Place of Death:

Oxford, England


B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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The Fall of Arthur 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LovesFantasyPC More than 1 year ago
The description of the book highlights the use of "Old English alliterative meter." This style is somewhat tedious to read in long intervals. The words and story are engaging (more likely from familiarity with the story line)but the long narrative poem is quite different from Tolkien's story telling with intense detaile. I found it difficult to stay interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an epic poem, not a novel. I excitedly purchased without first opting for a sample. While it is interesting, and in the genre of the classic epic poem such as Beowulf, I was disappointed as I was so looking forward to another novel about Arthur.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand three times then post then post this comment on three different books the look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst sample ever...did I ever get to sample the book or was that some gobblety goop collection of gibberish??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hated how much i loved thid book. Chrii feel so sorry for you losing your father. Keep up the awesomely bad work.