The beloved stories of J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth have withstood the tests of all time and generations. On September 21, 1937, The Hobbit was published, beginning a long and illustrious journey, followed by the Lord of the Rings trilogy in 1954-1955. After those monumental stories, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and a few other novels and collections surrounding all of Middle-earth throughout thousands of years that he wrote up until his death in 1973 rounded out the prestigious and treasured series. But next summer, another will be added.
HarperCollins has confirmed that next summer, a new collection of essays from J.R.R. Tolkien will be released in a book titled The Nature of Middle-earth. Topics to be covered in these newly published essays will include Elvish immortality and reincarnation, a dive into the geography of the kingdom of Gondor, the Powers of the Valar, along with the beasts and lands of Númenor and even the species of Middle-earth who were able to grow beards!
The book will be edited by Tolkien scholar Carl F. Hostetter, who was selected by J.R.R. Tolkien’s son, Christopher. The novel will be a great addition alongside the new Amazon series estimated to arrive next year, which has been confirmed to take place in The Second Age, or the Age of Númenor, which is many thousands of years before we meet Frodo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring. For anyone unfamiliar with Númenóreans, it was people that our favorite Ranger of the North turned King of Gondor, Aragorn, originated from.
The Nature of Middle-earth is set to release June 24, 2021.