Christopher Tolkien, custodian and mastermind of his father's literary estate, is dead at 95. Tor.com's Andrew Liptak:
In 2017, Tolkien stepped down as the director of the Tolkien Estate and Tolkien Trust, saying at the time that Beren and Lúthien would likely be his final book. Tolkien was a staunch critic of Peter Jackson's adaptation of his father's trilogy, telling Le Monde in 2012 that "They gutted the book, making it an action movie for 15-25 year-olds, and it looks like The Hobbit will be the same." His death comes at a time when his father's books are more popular than ever, and as Amazon works to create a massive TV series based on the works that he himself helped bring to the public.
While Tolkien was the author behind the world of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien was the one responsible for ensuring that his father's stories remained in the public view by continuing to publish develop the backstory of the world that has influenced and inspired fans around the world.
Christopher drew the original map of Middle-Earth, excerpted above, with annotations from J.R.R. He was no mere editor; his Complete History of Middle Earth [Amazon] is a twelve-volume encylopedia-cum-biography that's both penetrating and impenetrable.