BREAKING: Christopher Tolkien announces NEW ‘Lord of the Rings’ – THE RETURN OF THE RING

Lord of the Rings 2
Lord of the Rings 2

In an unprecedented move the son of J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien who is the executor of his father’s literary heritage, has announced today that among the many thousands of manuscript pages J.R.R. Tolkien left behind after his death there is a follow-up to the single most successful novel of the 20th century, The Lord of the Rings, which bears the title The Return of the Ring.

A few days ago French Tolkien website Tolkiendil noticed an untitled volume with several online bookshops which was credited to J.R.R. Tolkien. Rumours arose very quickly about what this book would be about as Beren and Lúthien was supposed to be the last book to be edited by his son Christopher Tolkien – however, even at the age of 93 CJRT seems to be more creative and hardworking than people in their supposed prime!

Lord of the Rings 2
Lord of the Rings 2

Yesterday the Tolkien Society confirmed what had just been rumoured in one of their blog posts, even offering the ISBN of the upcoming title!

The ISBN are:

ISBN-10: 0008302766
ISBN-13: 978-0008302764

For further information have a look at the Tolkien Society blog post or pre-order the title at online bookshops which already offer that opportunity!

I cannot tell you how excited the Tolkien community is the world over – that we all should live to see this day!

Update January 29, 2024 Yes, this was an April Fool’s joke.

Marcel R. Bülles

Marcel R. Bülles is the author of, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You can find him in cafés all over the world sipping an espresso blogging, writing, reading. At one point he was married to an extremely lovely French lady by the nickname of Sauron. Yes, that Sauron. He is also active with the International Tolkien Fellowship on Facebook and the Tolkien Folk on Instagram.