‘Previously unknown’ 100-year-old J.R.R. Tolkien book to be released

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892 - 1973), British writer and professor at Merton College Oxford, reading in his study, Dec. 2, 1955.(Photo by Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, Scotland — A previously unreleased work by world-renowned writer J.R.R. Tolkien is set to be released later this month, the late author’s publisher has announced.

A verified Facebook page for Tolkien, run by publisher HarperCollins, recently announced the news.

The publisher said in a statement:

We are ready to announce the world first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the powerful story of a doomed young man who is sold into slavery and who swears revenge on the magician who killed his father.

The novel is expected to be released Aug. 27 in the UK, according to HarperCollins. The Verge is reporting the book will not be available in the US until Oct. 27.

Tolkien, who died in 1973 at the age of 81, is most well-known for “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Silmarillion.” Film adaptations of his novels have gone on to win several Oscars, including a 2004 Best Picture Award for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

“The Story of Kullervo” is based on the Finnish epic poem,  “The Kalevala,” from which Tolkien used “as a basis for his own stories and languages,” according to The Verge.

Tolkien wrote “The Story of Kullervo” story back in 1914.


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