Booking Through Thursday: Sequel

If you could get a sequel for any book, what would it be?

Despite my fantasy leanings, I’m not the biggest fan of series—they have to be planned out or very thoughtful, otherwise random sequels can seem gratuitous or go over the same ground again and again. (It’s taking a lot for me to trust Memory about The Magician King.) This is the same reason it’s hard for me to get into television series, which are, by nature, open-ended.

But there is one story’s future I’ve always wondered about and that’s The Lord of the Rings. Naturally, Tolkien has a point ending the story where he does; it’s the Age of Man now, and the world is in our hands. But I’m still curious about Aragorn and Arwen’s children, especially their unnamed daughters. And Sam and Rosie’s thirteen children, especially Elanor. And what about Faramir and Éowyn? (They also have a mysterious, unnamed child; her grandson is mentioned in other texts, but never the son or daughter that parented the child. I mean, there’s a likely candidate, but nobody knows for sure.) What is it like for them, especially with the Fellowship affecting the cultural exchanges between these various peoples? I mean, Elanor ends up a Maid of Honor to Arwen; those two would have gotten on famously.

I think what makes me this interested is the fact we do have bits and pieces of this future in Tolkien’s writings, and, of course, because I love the characters so much. (What kind of parents do Merry and Pippin make? I want to know!)But otherwise, I can’t think of any other sequel I would want.

10 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Sequel

  1. I tend to shy away from open-ended series, too, and don’t often wish for books beyond the ones that have been written, but I have to agree LoTR would have been a great candidate for a sequel.

    • Doing some research for a video rant, I discovered some writing Tolkien did of the ending that didn’t make it into the final book, especially concerning Elanor. There’s this wonderful moment where Elanor promises Sam that she’ll go with him to the Undying Lands, so they’ll never be separated like Arwen and Elrond. I teared up.

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