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Christopher Tolkien, Son Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' Author, Dies Aged 95

Christopher Tolkien, the son and literary executor of J.R.R. Tolkien, has died at the age of 95. 

The Tolkien Society released a short statement on Twitter on Thursday (local time) confirming the news.

"All of us in the Tolkien Society will share in the sadness at the news of Christopher Tolkien’s death, and we send our condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family at this difficult time," Tolkien Society Chair Shaun Gunner said.

Christopher Tolkien was born in Leeds, United Kingdom, in 1924 and spent his childhood in Oxford.

He was his revered father's third and youngest son, and has been remembered for guarding the author's literary legacy, through curating his father's posthumous works and expanding the field of 'Tolkien studies'.

An undated photo of J.R.R. Tolkien. Image: University of Leeds

Tolkien drew many of the original maps of Middle Earth which decorated 'The Lord Of the Rings' series that was first published between 1954 and 1955.

After his father's death in 1973, he became the literary executor of the Tolkien Estate and went on on to edit much of his father's unpublished material, including The Silmarillion in 1977.

The Fall of Gondoblin was later published in 2018.

Tourists take photos during a tour of the Hobbit movie set near Matamata, New Zealand. Image: AAP

Gunner remembered Tolkien as a "titan" whose commitment to his father's works saw dozens of publications released.

"Millions of people around the world will be forever grateful to Christopher for bringing us The SilmarillionThe Children of HúrinThe History of Middle-earth series and many others," he said.

"We have lost a titan and he will be sorely missed."

The northern end of Lake Wakatipu in Glenorchy, New Zealand where several scenes from “The Lord of the Rings” movies were filmed. Image: AAP

Scholar Dr Dimitra Fimi said Tolkien studies "would never be what it is today" without him.

"From editing The Silmarillion to the mammoth task of giving us the History of Middle-earth series, he revealed his father’s grand vision of a rich and complex mythology," Fimi said.

"He gave us a window into Tolkien’s creative process, and he provided scholarly commentary that enriched our understanding of Middle-earth.

"He was Middle-earth’s cartographer and first scholar."

Tolkien is survived by his wife and their children, Simon, Adam and Rachel Clare.