HarperCollins has acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s unfinished 1,000-line poem on the final days of King Arthur, to be published May 2013. While it remains to be seen whether The Fall of Arthur will qualify as an actual “epic poem,” you can bet your bottom golden hobbit dollar that it’s going to be an EPIC POEM.
According to Humphrey Carpenter, who published a few brief extracts from the poem in his Tolkein bio, the poem “has alliteration but no rhyme [and] did not touch on the Grail but began an individual rendering of the Morte d’Arthur, in which the king and Gawain go to war in ‘Saxon lands’ but are summoned home by news of Mordred’s treachery.” Yes please and thank you.
Tolkien doing the Arthurian legend is like Game of Thrones with a Rage Against the Machine soundtrack, which is a real thing that exists.
In other Arthur news, we’re still waiting patiently for the film treatment of Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles. Sean Bean would be totally badass as Derfel Cadarn.
Still, plenty to hold us over:
December 14, 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premieres
March 31, 2013: GOT season 3 premieres
May 2013: The Fall of Arthur released
December 13, 2013: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premieres
Mark your calendars, nerds.