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The Children of Húrin kindle ↠ Hardcover ☆ randarenewables º This tale of Middle earth's First Age which appeared in incomplete forms in the posthumously published The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales also edited by Tolkien's son Christopher only hinted at the depth and power of the tragic story of TúriThis tale of Middle earth's First Age which appeared in incomplete forms in the posthumously published The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales also edited by Tolkien's son Christopher only hinted at the depth and power of the tragic story of Túrin and Niënor the children of Húrin t It has been said that all good things must come to an end In this case the end of Children of Hurin also marks the end of my uest to read a book by each of my five favorite authors It seems like a fitting way to end this journey in that Tolkien is the oldest of my favorites and if there was ever a modern author suited to end of uest tales it was Tolkien He was also the author on my list that gave me the greatest concern—not only has he passed away but his body of published work is relatively small I didn’t want to re read the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings not because I don’t love them but because I wanted to be able to read something new just as I had with the other authors Having read the Silmarillion several months earlier I was hard pressed to think of what else to read Sure I could have gone for Letters From Father Christmas or Farmer Giles of Ham but neither of those somehow felt right Tolkien’s tales of Middle Earth were what cemented him as one of my favorite writers and I wanted to go back to Middle Earth as part of this projectFortunately the publishing gods smiled upon me and gave me Children of Hurin This is another in a line of books composed by Tolkien’s estate taken from various notes fragments and other unfinished writings and molded into a coherent whole In that respect for the record it’s very well done The text flows seamlessly from chapter to chapter and I never once had the sense that I was reading something out of place or inauthentic This feels like Tolkien’s writing and if it isn’t exactly what he intended I have to believe it’s pretty damn closeBut what of the story itself?The story of Hurin and his offspring is told as part of the Silmarillion but not in the detail that Tolkien intended Tolkien believed that this story was one that could be told apart from the Silmarillion as a whole—that it was strong enough and vibrant enough to stand on it’s own And he is absolutely correctChildren of Hurin is an epic It’s also a tragedy If you come into this book expecting glorious battles and happy endings you will be sorely disappointed though if you come to Tolkien expecting nothing but happiness and light I submit you haven’t read Tolkien very often or carefully This is not a tale of good triumphing over evil but a tale of a family brought down by an epic curse More Macbeth than Star Wars in other wordsThe writing itself is epic—Children of Hurin reads a lot like Beowulf or the Iliad Tolkien apparently originally tried to write the tale as an actual epic poem but was never uite able to make it work Still his prose captures that same spirit rhythm and cadence As a huge fan of epic and epic poem I love itDespite the epic prose and tragic scope the characters of Children of Hurin are very well crafted and ultimately very human Their actions while not always rational are often understandable and while the tragedy has its origins in the supernatural it is Morgoth who curses the line of Hurin there is not a strong sense that the plot is forced simply by supernatural means Instead we get the sense that these are perhaps well meaning but ultimately deeply flawed people who suffer for their choices and the choices of others The final scene of the book when Hurin is finally reunited with his dying wife is absolutely heartbreakingThere’s also a wonderful scene much earlier which really stuck with me and I need to mention it here just because it’s so wonderfully crafted It occurs shortly after Hurin’s capture by Morgoth when Morwen his wife is trying to figure out what to do with herself and her children Turin the son says something to the effect of “I know my father is dead He must be because I know that his love for us is so strong that if he were alive no chains could hold him and no amount of enemies could keep him from returning to us”And Morwen’s answer is “I do not think either of those things is true my son”It’s a wonderful if completely heartbreaking moment where a child like view of heroism clashes completely with the harsh realities of the world It strikes me as a very Tolkien esue moment; in many ways much of Tolkien’s work deals with the interplay between heroics and the personal cost or realities of those heroics At least that’s my initial thought In any case it’s an immensely powerful sceneThe text of the book is aided by the wonderful illustrations done by Alan Lee who has done a lot of Tolkien related art in the past His illustrations are interspersed in no particular order throughout the book but each one of them is gorgeous and really adds to the flavor of the text It would have been neat to see some of themThis is yet another Tolkien book I’ll be re reading in the future It’s a fine addition to the Middle Earth canon

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He lord of Dor lómin who achieved renown for having confronted Morgoth who was the master of Sauron the manifestation of evil in the Lord of the RingsSix thousand years before the One Ring is destroyed Middle earth lies under the shadow of the Dark Lord Morgoth The greatest warrior This book in one gifI heard a lot of people say that Tolkien is the merry brother of George RR Martin But anyone thinking that has clearly not read The Children of Hurin To say that this story is tragic would be an understatementThis might be the saddest thing I’ve ever read And I actually knew the story beforehand because a shortened version of it is present in The SilmarillionThe book chronicles mostly the life of Turin son of Hurin The events take place after Morgoth one of the Valar creators of the world and the greatest dark lord of all times basically the Lucifer of Middle Earth defeats the armies of men and elves and puts Beleriand a land west of Middle Earth under his dominion Hurin is taken prisoner and upon him and all his kin Morgoth lays a curseTurin his son grows to be a great warrior but his life is an unhappy one This is closer to a Nordic mythological saga or a Greek tragedy than it is to The Lord of the Rings But that doesn’t make it any less of a great story We get a lot of insight into the times before LOTR and how all of that came to be And elves are much present here The book also has some truly stunning illustrations by Alan Lee like the one below Plus a lot of thoughts and input on the story and its evolution by Christoper the son of JRR Tolkien And he did a very good job bringing this tale together from his father’s draftsNow I got a few people asking in what order they should read Tolkien’s work and the truth is it might be hard for some to comprehend what is going on in The Children of Hurin without reading The Silmarillion firstBasically in my opinion if you have read nothing by Tolkien I would say the order should be The Silmarillion The Children of Hurin The Hobbit The Lord of the RingsNow if you want to get deeper into Tolkien’s work there is a lot of other material out there But these are his main works And while some might struggle with Silmarillion I suggest you push forward The Silmarillion is basically an epic history of Middle earth It’s like reading Greek myths I found it extremely fascinating but not everyone thinks so apparently The Children of Hurin is much akin to LOTR and The Hobbit in terms of how it is written So it might be accessible to someone unfamiliar with Tolkien in that way But it has a big ass backstory behind it And while Cristopher tries to explain some events at the beginning of the book it might get confusing to be faced with so many names and events so fast That is why I recommend starting with The Silmarillion

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The Children of HúrinS among elves and men have perished and all is in darkness and despair But a deadly new leader rises Túrin son of Húrin and with his grim band of outlaws begins to turn the tide in the war for Middle earth awaiting the day he confronts his destiny and the deadly curse laid upon hi As a general rule I try to write my reviews in a vacuum as much as possible that is before I read through the other reviews already here I am not going to be able to do that here I have spent than twenty years with this story since my mother first read the Unfinished Tales version aloud to me when I was eight years old and if Christopher Tolkien had not put this volume together I might have eventually had the hubris to do so myself Let me start by making a couple of points First this is not a new book in any sense of the word other than it is now standing on its own between two covers and without visible editorial apparatus for the first time Second Christopher Tolkien cannot be said to have written any portion of the narrative of this book despite many reviewers intimations to the contrary The bulk of this text appeared in Unfinished Tales with significant gaps; Tolkien the son has filled in these gaps using the relevant sections from the much concise version that was used in assembling The Silmarillion as well as framing material at the beginning and end of the current volume also from The Silmarillion Christopher Tolkien has done little here than the literary euivalent of very carefully stitching a few patches to mend the gaping holes in an otherwise noble and beautiful garmentOn to the story itself then This is as so many others have already noted with varying degrees of enthusiasm a very dark tale If you don't like very dark tales well then you will uite likely not like this It is also in a prose style as is the vast bulk of Tolkien's work that is very susceptible to being called stilted because compared to contemporary prose it is But as at least one reviewer here has wisely noted the tone is in keeping with the tone of the Nordic sagas of which Tolkien was so fond of and inspired by And like so many ancient sagas and myths this tale is about an entire family haunted by a doom they cannot escapeOr is it? I think that Tolkien has done a wonderful job here of subverting the curse of Morgoth and the doom of Húrin and his kin with another motif free will Tolkien who strenuously avoids almost any hint of allegory throughout his vast imaginative work nevertheless imbued almost every corner of that world with reflections of his own deeply held Catholic convictions and sensibilities The core of the story is the tension between doomfate on the one hand and free will on the other Túrin makes decision after decision that invariably lead to tragic conseuences But does he do so because he is doomed to do so? Or because he is a man of haughty pride who stubbornly refuses to consider any viewpoint but his own using his considerable gifts natural charisma and rightfully legendary physicalmartial prowess to charge willfully forward regardless of even foreseeable conseuences to anyone and everyone around him? I believe that it is very much the latter but without necessarily completely repudiating the former The malice of such a being as Morgoth is a very real force in the tale of the Silmarils and such malevolence bent upon a single family and largely upon a single individual as Túrin rises to prominence can be understood to have tangible effect on individuals and events And even on a mundane level the incursions and aggressive actions of Morgoth's forces both the marauding armies of Orcs and the Easterlings who occupy Túrin's childhood homeland can be understood to push Túrin in a particular direction in his life that he might not have gone had circumstances in his life and in his world been otherwise So there is some range to the senses in which Morgoth can be said to have cursed the children of HúrinBut Túrin has also grown up the proud child of a proud mother; effectively orphaned from the age of nine he receives ostensibly every advantage yet the pride instilled in him from the earliest age tragically unravels every opportunity he is presented with from his youthful fostering in the halls of Thingol onwards It is his human choices not the supernatural force of an evil will that guide him on his tragic path and this complex narrative thread is what makes this to my mind one of the greatest of all of Tolkien's tales