J.R.R. Tolkien fans will be excited to hear that an unknown and unpublished story from The Lord of The Rings writer himself is set to publish later this year. ?The Story of Kullervo? is surely going to be another one of Tolkien?s epic masterpieces.
The story is one of his earliest prose writings that would after some time steer Tolkien in to making Middle Earth, according to Andrew Liptak of io9.com. ?The story is one of Tolkien?s oldest stories, started while he was at college in 1914, and was heavily inspired by Finnish epic poetry tradition, particularly with one poem, the ?Kalevala,? as well as the styling of English author William Morris,? he adds.
According to Liptak, the book is one of Tolkien?s original drafts and unfortunately wasn?t able to finish it during his lifetime. Along with the draft were his notes and essays concerning the source material that also includes additional commentary from Tolkien scholar Verlyn Flieger, shares Liptak.
A quote from Tolkien from io9 saying his early attempts at writing the epic fantasy that would be his Middle Earth epics:
?The germ of my attempts to write legends of my own to fit my private languages was the tragic tale of the hapless Kullervo in the Finnish Kaleval. It remains a major matter in the legends of the First Age (which I hope to publish as The Silmarillion).?
Check out the synopsis of the story from Amazon:
Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruelest of fates.
?The Story of Kullervo? is set to be released for UK fans on August 27 and October 27 in the US.