Welcome to this temporary version of the JRR Tolkien Estate's official website...
We are still at work preparing the launch of the complete website a little later in 2009 but we've renewed this "mini-site" a little in anticipation of the publication of The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, the latest work by J.R.R. Tolkien to be published by HarperCollinsUK on the 5th of May.
You can still access the page on The Children of Húrin here, but it has been replaced in the main menu by a new page on The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún. On this page we have chosen to present a prose synopsis of the story as J.R.R. Tolkien chose to follow it, written by Christopher Tolkien. It is to be expected that the complex poetic form chosen by the author will be difficult to follow for the reader who is unacquainted with the legend, and we hope that this prose synopsis will help in appreciating the poems themselves !
For those of you who already know the website, you will find some minor changes and updates on the other pages, and for those of you who are surfing the site for the first time, the FAQ page replies to some questions devoted mainly to the subject of The Children of Húrin, and will be updated with questions pertaining to The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, and the Website page gives some more detail on what you may expect when the full content is online.
The Contact page, as you may have guessed, gives details if you need to contact the Tolkien Estate, or our publishers, HarperCollinsUK.
For any permissions requests, and queries regarding publication of books, etc, please contact our publishers.
A note to non-English speaking visitors : the complete website will be translated into French and Spanish, we hope this will be useful to some of the many non-anglophone Tolkien readers.
So, thank you for your interest, and we hope you'll be back later in the year when the main website is online !