The Children of Hurin Hardback
Edited by Christopher Tolkien
Illustrated by Alan Lee
Painstakingly restored from Tolkien's manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of The Children of Hurin will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, eagles and Orcs, and the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.
There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings, and the story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.
In that remote time Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the tragedy of Turin and his sister Nienor unfolded within the shadow of the fear of Angband and the war waged by Morgoth against the lands and secret cities of the Elves.
Their brief and passionate lives were dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bore them as the children of Hurin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them he sent his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire.
Into this story of brutal conquest and flight, of forest hiding-places and pursuit, of resistance with lessening hope, the Dark Lord and the Dragon enter in direly articulate form.
Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulated the fates of Turin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth was fulfilled.
The earliest versions of this story by J.R.R. Tolkien go back to the end of the First World War and the years that followed; but long afterwards, when The Lord of the Rings was finished, he wrote it anew and greatly enlarged it in complexities of motive and character: it became the dominant story in his later work on Middle-earth.
But he could not bring it to a final and finished form.
In this book Christopher Tolkien has constructed, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages, 25 b/w illus, 8 col plates, Index
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 17/04/2007
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007246229
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Review by JapaG
The tale of Turin Turambar from Silmarillion, much fleshed out. The tales of Turin and Beren and Luthien are the most finished ones in the Silmarillion, and it has been a huge work for Christopher Tolkien to gather all his father's references to Turin and incorporate them into this larger, novelized work.Although the tale is almost exactly the same as the one of Kullervo from the Finnish national epic, Kalevala, it is a great work of fiction in the tales of Middle-earth. A very tragic tale in a Shakespearian fashion.So, not recommended for anyone wishing for a happy read, but highly recommended for the people that have read The Lord of the Rings and want to know more about the first age.
Review by jaygheiser
How fantastic to be able to read a brand new Tolkien book! Great story, very gripping.
Review by Jitsusama
A very good retelling of one of the stories first read of in the Silmarillion. The story is tragic, which is to be expected from any story involving the lives of men and elves being intertwined. Why? Because Tolkien seemed to believe that mankind could never be found in the presence beauty without being punished.
Review by anterastilis
The Children of Húrin is Christopher Tolkien’s much-anticipated completion of an unfinished tale of Middle-earth by his father, J.R.R. Tolkien. This story takes place in the lands in the west (beyond the Grey Havens of the Third Age), and during the First Age – a time and place explored in more depth in The Silmarillion. Morgoth is a rebellious Vala who terrorizes the men and elves. Húrin, lord of a group of men, raises an army to fight Morgoth. He is captured and imprisoned, and Morgoth puts a curse on his children: Túrin and Ni?nor. The Children of Húrin focuses on the misadventures of the two ill-fated humans.Although J.R.R. Tolkien set this story aside (to write The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) and it was heavily edited by his son, one can still hear his voice. The Children of Húrin seems ancient and is written as an archaic narrative. It is somewhat biblical in feel (like The Silmarillion), doesn’t have the whimsy and rhythm of some of his other short works (Tom Bombadil, the Unfinished Tales,etc.) and lacks the depth and characterization of his large works (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit). However, I very much enjoyed taking a short trip back to Middle-earth. I would recommend this book to fans of Middle-earth and Tolkien – especially those who have read and enjoyed The Silmarillion.I enjoyed this little trip back to Middle-earth, depressing as it was. The book focuses largely on Túrin, who seems to run into nothing but trouble. It’s wonderful, however, how J.R.R. Tolkien’s voice comes through in this story. The writing is kind of odd…I’m not sure why Christopher Tolkien chose to edit it into prose instead of keeping it as rhymed verse the way his father had written it. It does work, though. Just more Silmarillion than Unfinished Tales.Speaking of The Silmarillion, he mentions in the appendix (one of several – writing extensive appendices must be genetic) that he left out some of the story because it was already covered in The Silmarillion. That’s just another tidbit of how this book fits into the canon.
Review by colbud
I somehow missed that this book was being published and found out the day it ran out of stock at every bookstore in Seattle! I had to wait a couple days for B&N to get it in, then finished it in two days. Tolkien's epic fantasy style is like liquid chocolate, rich and full with a pleasant aftertaste!If you loved the Silmarillion, you will love this book. If you thought the Silmarillion was too long with too many names, this might be more tolerable for you because it chronicles a very short time frame in Middle Earth.
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