Mirkwood: A Novel About JRR Tolkien by Steve Hillard

By Steve Hillard

Input Mirkwood, the good woodland of Doubt daring new writer Steve Hillard's wildly unique debut, Mirkwood, re-invents J.R.R. Tolkien as a guy haunted through the very myths he rewove into his well-known works. As a lot literary feedback as boisterous epic, this episodically-driven plot explores the blurred borderlands the place historic stories, misplaced heroines, and epic trips are stalked through dim monsters that won't be nonetheless. In 1970, Professor Tolkien makes a little-known stopover at to America-and units in movement elvish powers embodied in a cache of archaic records. Destinies are altered, legends develop into actual, and heroines needs to race for his or her lives in drastically assorted worlds. it is a paintings of fiction that is neither recommended by means of nor hooked up with The JRR Tolkien property or its writer.

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It was like driving into another world. Waterfalls tumbling from clefts, high in the sandstone walls, might be showers for sprites, she fancied. The side canyons loomed as places of mystery that no man had ever ascended, their hidden caves fit dwellings for imaginary creatures. Up ahead, the stone cliffs sank into a swirling sea of gray mist. The road beckoned to her this morning. She hoped to return from her meeting with Mr. Chricter, the for-real agent, somehow a different person. Leaning forward, the wind blowing back her hair, she imagined herself a figurehead on the bow of a ship, bound for discovery.

I don’t know … at least not yet. ” “OK, take a break and eat your fish. I’ve got a call to make. R. Tolkien—possibly surreptitiously—and even meetings of the writers’ group loosely known as the Inklings—undoubtedly surreptitiously. These meetings, which occurred from the 1930’s through 1970, traditionally took place on Tuesday evenings at a pub called the Eagle and Child. Tolkien, often called Tollers, was a member. S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia, and known to friends as Jack, seldom missed a session.

His lively gait had slowed to a shamble. He hugged a barrister’s document case, its contents bulging, its latch reinforced with knots of twine. His flashing brown eyes retreated beneath brows that sprouted like dark, untended weeds. He shuffled through a turnstile at customs, glanced at himself in a mirror, and cut his eyes away. His gaze returned to study his image in the glass. Gone were the smile creases that always radiated from those eyes. The forehead, usually noble, now mapped a gulag of deepened liver spots.

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