Christopher Tolkien, son of 'Lord of the Rings' author J.R.R. Tolkien, dies at 95

Christopher edited and published some of his father's unpublished material, including "The Silmarillion" in 1977.
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Christopher Tolkien, son of legendary "The Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien, has died, the Tolkien Society reports. He was 95.

"Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95," the organization tweeted. "The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family."

Christopher was Tolkien's third son and was well known among his father's fans. As he grew up, Christopher showed a great interest in his father's work, eventually going on to edit and publish his unpublished material, including "The Silmarillion" in 1977 and "The Fall of Gondolin" in 2018. He was best known for publishing his father's historical record of Middle-earth after his death in 1973.

Born in Leeds, United Kingdom, Tolkien served in the military, joining the Royal Air Force during World War II. After the war, he returned home to finish his studies in English at Trinity College in Oxford, later lecturing on Old English, Middle English and Old Icelandic at that same school.

Shaun Gunner, the chair of Tolkien Society, mourned Tolkien's death on Twitter.

"As chair of @TolkienSociety this must surely be the very saddest day for me and all of us," he wrote. "Christopher Tolkien was a titan of fantasy and his legacy will live on forever. Namarie #Tolkien."

The Tolkien Estate has been overseen by his wife, Baillie Tolkien, and Tolkien's grandson, Michael George Reuel Tolkien.