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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
|Publication Date: 2007|
“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 Túrin and his sister Niënor 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 Húrin, 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 Túrin and Niënor 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 afterward, 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 I have endeavored to construct, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention.” — Christopher Tolkien
Dominic Brabo5 Stars Out Of 5June 8, 2010Dominic BraboThe Children of Hurin is an engaging tale of Turin, son of Hurin, in his battle against the first Dark Lord, Morgoth. Turin's sister comes into play towards the end of the book. The only thing that I did not like (which is well overridden by the things that I do like), was that it is really a tragedy, Good wins agains the Orcs and the Dragon in the end, but Turin seems to always make the wrong choice, which causes troubles for his friends. Overall, this is a great book. There is a shorter version in one of the two Book of Lost Tales, but it is nice to have all the details.
Scott5 Stars Out Of 5July 4, 2008ScottThis is a great book. Though I've read the story in several forms (The Silmarilion, The Book of Lost Tales) this full version brings it to life. The tragic story of Turin unfolds in a real, dramatic, magical way. A must read for Tolkien fans.
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