The children of hurin book review
My 7 year old brother can write better stories than this I had already tried to read the Silmarillion twice but reading Children of Hurin made me went to try again, I think it might a really good gateway to the Silmarilliom, as it is between this book and the Lord of the Rings in term of writting style.
This is Tolkien as you've never read him before- this poignant, vivid glimpse into the tragic first age of Middle Earth contextualized The Lord of the Rings in a way I had never imagined. For those who assert that even such well-intentioned tinkering amounts to little less than literary forgery, only an arid academic edition of the extant texts would have been acceptable.
The first print run, I gather, is half a million.
And there are some interesting names — including my favourite, Glorfindel. For survivors, the consequences of heroism are worse. It's dense, dark, dismal, and delightful. Unfortunately The Children of Hurin does not give us much of what we have no already had. And if you tarry for Finduilas, then never shall you see Morwen or Nienor again; and they will curse you. Tolkien, ed. But as he went, Glaurung spoke behind him, saying in a fell voice: 'Haste you now, son of Hurin, to Dorlomin! Once its wheels are set in motion, there's nothing to stop it until everything goes off the rails in a spectacular crash. However, I think you might truly like it anyway, since it stand on its own and is not obviously linked with LotR and tH : it is set in the first age in Beleriand, a suken part of Middle-Earth by the third age when those two others books take place. Chronicling Turin's attempts to avenge his father's torture and to remove the hex that Morgoth has placed on himself and Nienor, the story itself must have seemed jinxed to Tolkien, resisting strenuous efforts to complete it and remaining in fragments at the time of his death in
First, a full disclosure that might anger Tolkien fanatics. And Alan Lee's peerless art — the color plate of Glaurung between pages is beyond Hugo-worthy — enhances the story's sense of consequence.
But as he went, Glaurung spoke behind him, saying in a fell voice: 'Haste you now, son of Hurin, to Dorlomin! Until now, that is. You can order the book from: Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions However, what The Children of Hurin does do is expand upon stories only lightly touched upon in The Silmarillion.
Some said as long that I have watched the movies and have the basic knowledge from the first half of The Silmarillion or some thorough Wikipedia research which I did on both account , it should be enough. Tolkien was not drawing on Wagner, but looking beyond to a common source in Norse saga. I would still recommend that one wishing to understand the pre-history of Tolkien's world would be better served by reading The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales but there are definitely a few chapters within The Children of Hurin which make reading it a worthwhile venture for die-hard fans and newcomers alike. However, I think you might truly like it anyway, since it stand on its own and is not obviously linked with LotR and tH : it is set in the first age in Beleriand, a suken part of Middle-Earth by the third age when those two others books take place. In what is now effectively Tolkien's last Middle Earth work, I think we hear the authentic voice of the war veteran, entirely open-eyed about the horrors of the human condition but a staunch dissident against the view that endeavour is futile. Until now, that is. And were I in Christopher's shoes, I couldn't begrudge him the latter. The more successful he becomes as a leader, the more Morgoth becomes aware of his presence. The epic of Beowulf, the legends of Sir Gawain were his templates.
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