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A Feature Review of
The Fall of Arthur: An Epic Poem
edited by Christopher Tolkien
Hardcover, HM Harcourt, 2013
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Reviewed by Holly Ordway
As J.R.R. Tolkien’s friend C.S. Lewis put it, before one judges the merits of anything – from a corkscrew to a cathedral – it is necessary to know what it is, and thus what for what use it is intended. Conversely, once one knows what something is for, one can decide whether it is the thing one is looking for. If after Sunday Mass one wants to have a pint of beer and a nice lunch, it’s no good staying in the cathedral; one must go to the pub down the road.
This point is relevant for a review of Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur because, perhaps more than other recent releases, it may not be immediately clear what it is.