The Story of Kullervo was started in 1914 while Tolkien was studying English at Exeter College, Oxford.
It was originally published in an academic journal, but this is the first time it is getting a mass release.
It comes out 27 August.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth has become one of literary’s greatest fantasy worlds, and took years to create. After a century of remaining unseen by the public, one of the works that inspired the world of Lord of the Rings is being released.
The new book will
be the original manuscript, and tells the tale of Kellervo, son of Kalervo, a luckless orphan with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny.
“Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruellest of fates.”