Simon Tolkien More Comfortable With Tolkien Name

Posted on April 19, 2010

Simon Tolkien The Inheritance Cover


Simon Tolkien has long lived in the shadow of his grandfather, J.R.R. Tolkien. It took Simon Tolkien years before he felt comfortable writing under the Tolkien name and following the footsteps of the author of the Lord of the Rings series. Simon Tolkien feels more at ease now with the release of his second novel, The Inheritance.

Tolkien told Reuters, "I feel much more at ease with my grandfather and being the grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien. Before I was writing I was very uncomfortable with it and when Jackson came on the scene I was exceedingly uncomfortable with it."

Simon Tolkien's first novel, Final Witness, was published in 2002. Tolkien says he thinks his grandfather would be pleased with his work. We think he would have loved that his grandson is a writer.

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