It’s not often we get a new work from Birmingham man J.R.R. Tolkien, but today’s the day. Written in the early 1930s and only now published, The Fall of Arthur was Tolkien’s last big try at working up the fabric of British legend into the sort of bleakly beautiful native verse epic he wanted it to be. Tolkien’s King Arthur is a Romano-British military leader fighting in “Saxon lands” in order to stem an invasion of the island at its very root. Chasing his ever-retreating enemies he eventually finds himself encamped at the edge of a great black eastern-European “Mirkwood”, facing an eerily invisible doom glowering somewhere in the mists — when he and Gawain are called back to Britain to deal with the treachery of Mordred.