Christopher Tolkien
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Christopher was always much concerned with the consistency of the story and on one occasion … interrupted: ‘Last time, you said Bilbo’s front door was blue, and you said Thorin had a golden tassel on this hood, but you’ve just said that Bilbo’s front door was green, and the tassel on Thorin’s hood was silver'; at which point Ronald exclaimed ‘Damn the boy!’ and strode across the room to make a note.

– The Tolkien Family Album, Priscilla and John Tolkien, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1992, p. 58.

The compilation of this listing (by Charles E. Noad and updated by Daniel Helen) has been greatly assisted by an earlier bibliography of Christopher Tolkien produced by Douglas A. Anderson as well as by the Hammond and Anderson Descriptive Bibliography of J.R.R. Tolkien. The ordering within each section is chronological so far as can be established. It is also available as a PDF.

Writings by Christopher (and Baillie)

Tolkien Hervarar Saga ok Heidreks Konungs. C.J.R. Tolkien (Oxford University, Trinity College). B. Litt. thesis. 1953/4. [Year uncertain]‘The Battle of the Goths and the Huns’. Christopher Tolkien, in Saga-Book (University College, London, for the Viking Society for Northern Research) 14, part 3 (1955-6), pp. [141]-63.

Hervarar Saga ok Heidreks. Ed. [E.O.] G. Turville-Petre. London: University College London, for the Viking Society for Northern Research, 1956; introduction by Christopher Tolkien.

The Pardoner’s Tale. Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Nevill Coghill and Christopher Tolkien. London: George G. Harrap, 1958. [29 Oct 58]

The Nun’s Priest’s Tale. Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Nevill Coghill and Christopher Tolkien. London: George G. Harrap, 1959. [28 Feb 60]

The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise. Ed. and trans. Christopher Tolkien. London: Thomas Nelson & Sons (Icelandic Texts), 1960. [30 Jun 60]

The Man of Law’s Tale. Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Nevill Coghill and Christopher Tolkien. London: George G. Harrap, 1969. [Jun 69]

‘Guide to the Names in the Lord of the Rings’. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien, in: A Tolkien Compass. Ed. Jared Lobdell, La Salle, Illinois: Open Court, 1975.

Handwritten note by Christopher Tolkien, dated March 1974, introducing two pages of script by J.R.R. Tolkien, reproduced in: Les Aventures de Tom Bombadil. J.R.R. Tolkien, trad. Dashiell Hedayat. Paris: Christian Bourgois Editeur, 1975.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo. Translated by J.R.R. Tolkien (ed. Christopher Tolkien.). London: George Allen & Unwin, 1975. [late Sep 75]

The Lord of the Rings 1977 Calendar. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1976. Notes on the Pictures by Christopher Tolkien.

The Father Christmas Letters. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Baillie Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1976. [2 Sep 76]

Catalogue of an Exhibition of Drawings by J.R.R. Tolkien at the Ashmolean Museum Oxford … Oxford: The Ashmolean Museum, 1976. Introduction by Baillie Tolkien. [?14 Dec 76]

The Silmarillion Calendar 1978. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1977. Notes on the Pictures by Christopher Tolkien.

The Silmarillion. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1977. [15 Sep 77]

‘The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien: A brief account of the book and its making’. Christopher Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977; rptd. Mallorn 14, 1980, pp. 3-5, 7-8.

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion: Of Beren and Luthien, read by Christopher Tolkien. New York: Caedmon Records TC1564, 1977. Sleeve notes by Chris- topher Tolkien. (Sleeve also has photo of CT.)

J.R.R. Tolkien: Of the Darkening of Valinor, and Of the Flight of the Noldor, from The Silmarillion, read by Christopher Tolkien. New York: Caedmon Records TC 1579, 1978. Sleeve notes by Christopher Tolkien. (Sleeve also has photo of CT.)

J.R.R. Tolkien Calendar 1979. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1978. Notes on the Pictures by Christopher Tolkien.

Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North [poster]. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1978. As drawn by Christopher Tolkien for The Silmarillion, with colouring by H.E. Riddett.

Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien. Foreword and Notes by Christopher Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1979; revised edition, London: Harper- Collins, 1992. [1 Nov 79]

Letter from Christopher Tolkien to Jared Lobdell, 21 June 1974, reproduced in: Eorclanstanar [Precious Stones] or The Hobbitiana: an offering of rarities by J.R.R. Tolkien [catalogue]. Melissa and Mark Hime [booksellers]. Idyllwild, California: 1980.

Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, London, 1980. [2 Oct 80]

Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. Ed. Humphrey Carpenter with the assistance of Christopher Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1981. [20 Aug 81]

‘The Tengwar Numerals’. Christopher Tolkien (‘CRT after JRRT’), in Quettar 13, Feb. 1982, pp. 8-9; rptd. Beyond Bree Dec. 1984, p. 1. Further, untitled, explanation of Tengwar numerals by Christopher Tolkien (‘CRT after JRRT 10 March 1982′), in Quettar 14, May 1982, pp. 6-7.

The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1983. [3 Mar 83]

‘…Future Publishing’. Christopher Tolkien, in Amon Hen 63, August 1983, p. 4; rptd. as ‘Statement by Christopher Tolkien’ in Beyond Bree, November 1983, p. 2.

The Book of Lost Tales, Part I. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1983. [27 Oct 83]

The Book of Lost Tales, Part II. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1984. [16 Aug 84]

‘”Moria Gate” … Another Look’. Christopher Tolkien, in Amon Hen 70, November 1984, p.3.

The Lays of Beleriand. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1985. [22 Aug 85]

‘Notes on the Differences in editions of The Hobbit cited by Mr. David Cofield’. Christopher Tolkien, in Beyond Bree, July 1986, pp. 1-3.

The Shaping of Middle-earth. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1986. [21 Aug 86]

The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien. London: Unwin Hyman, 1987; fiftieth anniversary edition, with Foreword by Christopher Tolkien.

The Lost Road and Other Writings. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: Unwin Hyman, 1987. [27 Aug 87]

The BBC Pronunciation Guide to The Lord of the Rings’. Nancy Martsch, in Beyond Bree, August 1988, pp. 1-2. [About the transcription of Christopher Tolkien's recording of words and names in The Lord of the Rings for the BBC production by Brian Sibley.]

Tree and Leaf. J.R.R. Tolkien. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1964; second edition, subtitled ‘including the poem Mythopoeia‘. Introduction by Christopher Tolkien. London: Unwin Hyman, 1988. [25 Aug 88]

The Return of the Shadow. Christopher Tolkien. London: Unwin Hyman, 1988. [25 Aug 88]

The Treason of Isengard. Christopher Tolkien. London: Unwin Hyman, 1989. [7 Sep 89]

The War of the Ring. Christopher Tolkien. London: Unwin Hyman, 1990. [Sep 90]

Sauron Defeated. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: Harper- Collins, 1992. [6 Jan 92]

Morgoth’s Ring. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: Harper- Collins, 1993.

The War of the Jewels. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 1994.

The Peoples of Middle-earth. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 1996.

The Children of Húrin. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 2007.

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 2009.

The Fall of Arthur. J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 2013.

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell. Ed. Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 2014.

 

Major biographical sources on Christopher Tolkien

‘The filial duty of Christopher Tolkien’. Bill Cater, in The Sunday Times Magazine, 25 September 1977, pp. 61, 63. (Photo of Christopher Tolkien on p. 61.) J.R.R. Tolkien: a Biography. Humphrey Carpenter. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1977. [5 May 77]

The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and their friends. Humphrey Carpenter. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1978. [Oct 78]

‘Christopher Tolkien’. Nancy Martsch, in Beyond Bree, September 1987, p.3.

The Tolkien Family Album. John & Priscilla Tolkien. London: Harper- Collins, 1992.

Photo and biographical note in programme book for The J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference 1992. The Tolkien Society/The Mythopoeic Society, 1992, pp. 32-3.

‘Tolkien, l’anneau de la discorde’. Raphaëlle Rérolle, Le Monde, 5 July 2012. [An interview with Christopher Tolkien.]

 

Articles and books with references to Christopher Tolkien

‘News of THE SILMARILLION and additional Notes of a Journey’. Glen GoodKnight, in Mythprint, Volume 12, Number 6, December 1975, pp. 6-9. (Has notes of interview with CT.) ‘Letters from Father Christmas’. Telegraph Sunday Magazine No. 1, 12 September 1976, pp. 41, 43, 45. (Has photo of all four of Tolkien’s children, p. 41.)

Editorial reference to a talk with Christopher Tolkien. Glen GoodKnight, in Mythlore 14, December 1976, p. 30.

Brothers and Friends: The Diaries of Major Warren Hamilton Lewis. Ed. Clyde S. Kilby and Marjorie Lamp Mead. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1982.

‘Mythcon XVIII: Report’. Wayne Hammond, in Beyond Bree September 1987, pp. 1-2. (Photo of CT in group on page 1.)

Photo of Christopher Tolkien (in group) at Mythcon XVIII (1987), in Mythprint 89, October 1987, p. 6, in Con report.

‘How Christopher Tolkien pronounced it at Mythcon’. Nancy Martsch [?], in Beyond Bree, August 1988, p. 3.

C.S. Lewis: A Biography. A.N. Wilson. London: Collins, 1990.

Letter to Nancy Martsch from Mary Butler (Publishing Director, Tolkien, at HarperCollins), in Beyond Bree, June 1991, p. 1. (Mentions CT’s pre- Christmas visit to HC.)

Remarks on his former tutor, Christopher Tolkien, in interview with Allan Scott in Imagination Issue 8, June/July 1991. (No pagination)

‘Pictures from the Tolkien Centenary Conference’. Bonnie Callahan and Glen GoodKnight, in Mythlore LXX, Autumn 1992, pp. 32-6. (Photos of CT on p. 33; printed in reverse.)

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