Books The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien and Verlyn Flieger Hardcover, 168 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, List Price: $25 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Story of KullervoAuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien and Verlyn Flieger Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary The first official publication of a previously unknown work follows the story of a hapless orphan who swears revenge on the dark magician responsible for the death of his father, in a volume complemented by author drafts, notes, and lecture essays. Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy Fiction Also by J.R.R. Tolkien The Silmarillion The Children of Hurin The Hobbit The Lord Of The Rings Beren and Lúthien Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Story of Kullervo Review Book Reviews Frodo, Bilbo, Kullervo: Tolkien's Finnish Adventure April 10, 2016 While still at university, J.R.R. Tolkien became fascinated by Finnish mythology, abandoning his Classics degree to adapt the epic Story of Kullervo — work that led to the creation of Middle Earth.