On 4 January 2005 Humphrey Carpenter died after a long illness. He was known as a writer and broadcaster, and, among those interested in Tolkien, as the writer of the authorised biography of Tolkien. More about Humphrey Carpenter here.
It is reported that Max Schuchart, translator, journalist, and poet, died on February 25 2005 at the age of 84. He was born on august 16 1920 in Rotterdam.
Max Schuchart was the first translator of The Lord of the Rings in the world.
He became famous for translating the works of Tolkien. He was rewarded with the Martines Nijhoffprice in 1958. Apart from all the dutch translations of Tolkien's books, he translated works from Salman Rushdie, Daniel Defoe, Oscar Wilde, D.H. Lawrence, J.D. Salinger, Dylan Thomas and Richard Adams (Watership down).
The Dutch Tolkien Society Unquendor gave him the golden pin for his translations in 1995.
He alse translated all the other works of Tolkien in the Netherlands and was contacted to give his opinion for the Movie translation.