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25/12/01
Tolkien Joins the Fellowship of His Grandad
- Lawyer grandson writes his first novel - a psychological thriller

LIKE grandfather, like grandson - Simon Tolkien, grandson of a certain famous novelist, has signed a six-figure publishing deal.

Tolkien says his work is nothing like his grandfather's legendary Lord of The Rings novels. The 42 year-old London barrister says his book, provisionally titled The Stepmother, was a psychological thriller in the vein of John Grisham.

"I've found it quite difficult being the grandson of JRR Tolkien," he said. "People see you as important simply because you are related to someone else."

While accusations of nepotism will undoubtedly flourish, fans hoping that Tolkien would one-day write a mythical novel, are set to be sorely disappointed. "I would never write a fantasy book," says Tolkien. "What I am doing in relation to fiction bears no relation to JRR Tolkien."

Incidentally, Simon Tolkien and his father Christopher, are divided over Peter Jackson's adaptation of the Lord of The Rings, with the grandson praising the film and his father towing the line that the books are unsuitable for the big screen.




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