Michael Tolkien is a poet, novelist, and also the eldest grandson of classic and beloved fantasy writer, JRR Tolkien. He is currently writing two novels based upon the stories that his grandfather used to read to him as a child. The first book, Wish, is to be published by Thames River Press. The plot was inspired by Florence Bone’s 1923 story, The Rose-Coloured Wish which tells the tale of two children who must use an evil enchanter’s wishing chain of stones to save the alpine valley of their home.
The second book, Rainbow, is based off of another of Bone’s story’s, The Other Side of the Rainbow. Tolkien’s point in retelling these old stories is not for the credit of the tale as much as it is to pay tribute to them. He wishes to “recreate the spirit of the original in new dress.” (BBC news)
He will be working with actor/producer Gerald Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens on the audiobook, which Gerald will narrate. Gerald Dickens has commented that, “Wish is a timeless story which children will enjoy for years to come. Michael Tolkien has brought it to life in narrative verse.”
Both books are expected to be released later this year.