King Arthur and Tolkien does it get any better than this?
Unhappily, The Fall of Arthur was one of several long narrative poems that Tolkien abandoned. He evidently began it in the 1930s, and it was sufficiently advanced for him to send it to a very perceptive friend who read it with great enthusiasm at the end of 1934 and urgently pressed him, “You simply must finish it!” But in vain: he abandoned it at some unknown date, though there is evidence that it may have been in 1937, the year of publication of The Hobbit and the first stirrings of The Lord of the Rings. Years later, in a letter of 1955, he said that he “hoped to finish a long poem on The Fall of Arthur,” but that day never came.
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Fall of Arthur’ and the path to Middle-Earth – latimes.com (drweb.typepad.com)
- At last, we get Tolkiens take on King Arthur (mcclatchydc.com)
- Tolkien’s Take On King Arthur (geeksyndicate.co.uk)
- New Tolkien epic The Fall of Arthur unearthed (techandle.com)