Bold new author Steve Hillards wildly original debut, Mirkwood, re-invents J.R.R. Tolkien as a man haunted by the very myths he rewove into his famous works. As much literacy criticism as boisterous epic, this episodically-driven plot explores the blurred borderlands where ancient tales, lost heroines, and epic journeys are stalked by dim monsters that will not be still. In 1970, Professor Tolkien makes a little-known visit to Americaand sets in motion the stirring of dark and ancient powers embodied in a cache of ancient documents. Destinies are altered, legends become real, and two heroines must race for their lives in vastly different worlds.The book was written by Steven Hillard who has endured many a legal battle with the Tolkien estate over the book (as they claimed it was basically a false biography) and eventually the book (which he claimed was a 'literary criticism work' was only able to be published with the tagline;
This is a work of fiction which is neither endorsed nor connected with The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate or its publisher.I wonder if that will need to be in the credits of the proposed film as well? This may not be the run-of-the-mill biopic of a young Tolkien who falls in love whilst writing about The Hobbit to keep him busy during his boring school lessons (you just know somebody is going to make that movie somewhere down the road) but boy does it sound much more interesting than that. Has anyone read the novel? Could we get a more clear description of just what is planned here?
The adaptation of Mirkwood will follow the template of the novel, said Hillard, but will delve considerably deeper into Tolkiens little-known back story, such as his original plans to become a codebreaker in World War II up through the writing of his enduring works.