Their ancestors’ names may never have appeared on the spine of a book together (and how could they, since their lifespans never overlapped?) but descendants of authors JRR Tolkien and Charles Dickens plan to collaborate on two new children’s fantasy novels, to be released later this year.
Don’t expect any strange literary mash-ups of Hobbits and London street urchins, though. According to the BBC, the novels will be written by poet Michael Tolkien, and they’ll be based on the stories that his grandfather told him as a child. As for Dickens’s role in this? It’s a lesser one: Gerald Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles, will narrate the audiobook versions.