Lord of the Rings Online players remember Christopher Tolkien

    
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Lord of the Rings Online players remember Christopher Tolkien

Kites soared and fireworks burst overhead last night in Lord of the Rings Online, as the player community gathered together to pay tribute to the life of J.R.R. Tolkien’s son. Christopher Tolkien passed away yesterday at the age of 95, marking the end of a life spent protecting and completing his father’s literary work.

Corey Olsen, the “Tolkien Professor” who conducts weekly lectures in the MMO, posted his condolences: “I’ve just recently heard that Christopher Tolkien has died. So ends the watch of a man who without question fulfilled his quest. A more faithful and diligent steward of Middle-earth no one could have asked for. We owe him a tremendous and incalculable debt.”

LOTRO player @Ace_Gallifreya took some gorgeous shots of the memorial last night:

Meanwhile, LOTRO’s ever-active community is breaking out the trumpets and lutes for Winterstock VII today, another gathering for those need to come together today. The blog Chickening Around has a great guide for how you can best enjoy this musical event.

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“Arwen vanimelda, namárie!”

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Nate Woodard

May the winds stay fair on your voyage to the Undying Lands, Mr. Tolkien!

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Ardra Ventax

We owe him a tremendous debt. Getting The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, the Children of Hurin published was a big deal. The Silmarillion is in fact Tolkien’s masterpiece.

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Mordyjuice

It’s a sad loss, that said the man lived a long productive/prolific life and helped keep the fantasy subgenre of Scifi relevant.

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Frank White

Well, I don’t recognize fantasy as a subgenre of science fiction, but hear, hear to the rest. ;)

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Alex Willis

The world of fantasy and science fiction owes a helluva lot to Christopher Tolkien. While JRR was certainly the font from which the Lord of the Rings and associated world sprung, it was really Christopher who helped enshrine the notion of an “extended universe” in a fantasy setting, with all its curated backstories, its canonical histories, its interrelated side narratives. People who don’t read SF or Fantasy don’t really understand how important this stuff is to the worlds we love. As protective as the Tolkien estate was/is, this way of envisioning imagined spaces broke open the exclusivity of the author and made fandom possible. Christopher Tolkien invented modern fantasy world-building. That’s a huge debt we owe him.