Is not canon.
>>20569518Define canon and what authority you get that definition from
>>20569557>Because J. R. R. Tolkien died leaving his legendarium unedited, Christopher Tolkien selected and edited materials to tell the story from start to end. In a few cases, this meant that he had to devise completely new material, within the tenor of his father's thought, to resolve gaps and inconsistencies in the narrative, particularly Chapter 22, "Of the Ruin of Doriath".
>>20569518It most definitely is.
>>20569596False narrative. Tolkien passed the materials over to Christopher long before he died. It's not his life work that he tragically never got to finish, it's just notes and scribbles he told his son he could do something with if he liked.
The problem with the modern idea of a fictional canon is that it seems to create some level of cohesion between works. The introduction to the Silmarillion explicitly states that the works represent various stories in a fictional mythology and that one shouldn't seek to unify all the elements of the various stories. In that way it's actually closer to the idea of the biblical canon than it is to the modern conception. Ultimately, defining the Middle-earth canon as exclusively things that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote and nothing else is absurd.
>canonWho cares? Just enjoy good stories.