"Nothing quite like it was ever done before.... The utterly new achievement of Professor Tolkien is that he carries a comparable sense of reality unaided. Probably no book yet written in the world is quite such a radical instance of what its author has elsewhere called 'sub-creation'."
Here's an exciting interview with the author of the new book "The Lord of the Films," along with excerpts and the promise of an upcoming review.
Dr. Corey Olsen has bug a series of online lectures/podcasts, going through Tolkien's books in detail, exploring Tolkien's world, characters, language, and themes... This is an casual academic study we highly recommend.
The beginning of what was intended to be a collaborative work between Tolkien and Lewis has been discovered in Oxford.
Here's a scholarly review that gives a glimpse into the depth that such an educated work by Tolkien encompasses.
"I dare say that a good many will be instantly put off by the very idea of 'long narrative poems in verse' and pursue it no further."
"This book describes the childhood adventures of Hilary and JRR Tolkien. Hilary was JRR Tolkien's younger brother and this book uses Hilary's own words from recently discovered notebooks and previously unpublished letters between the brothers."
In May of this year, HarperCollins will be publishing Tolkien's previously unpublished retelling of the legend of Sigurd and Gudrún.