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Simon Tolkien was always close to his famous grandfather. But the creator of The Hobbit cast a very long shadow

As creator of The Hobbit, Middle-earth and The Lord of the Rings, Jrr Tolkien is one of the most successful authors in history. And yet, says Simon Tolkien, the grandfather he remembers seemed to think he had failed.

It wasn't that his work hadn't met with acclaim: by the time of his death in 1973, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were bestsellers. The problem, says Simon, was that the bigger picture Tolkien had wanted the world to know – the complex hinterland of which The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were but a small part – had not been deemed publishable. "He'd produced this huge output that covered everything from the history of the gods to the history of the people he called the Silmarils – that was his »

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