The untold story of Hilary Tolkien
Former book shop owner and huge JRR Tolkien fan Angie Gardner will see her own work hit the shelves at the end of January. She has compiled the memoirs of JRR’s brother Hilary Tolkien and told MK Today why she got involved with the book.
“Hilary is not as well known. The lost tales refer to stories he left in an old notebook and some of these go back to the stories he and his brother – who went on to write The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit made up when they were very young.”
Angie is confident Black and White Ogre: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien, will be popular.
When he was three years old, Ronald (as he was known to his family) and his younger brother, Hilary, were brought back to England by their mother, Mabel Tolkien. Before they could return to South Africa, their father died there of rheumatic fever, so Mrs Tolkien and the boys remained in England. In 1900, Mabel Tolkien experienced a conversion to the Catholic faith; this event had a lasting effect on Ronald and Catholicism became a motivating force in his life and writings.