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Tolkien characterized The Story of Kullervo was the "the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own. Kullervo is an ancestor of Turin Turambar, the tragic hero of The Children of Hurin. This work is published with the author's drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the Kalevala, The Story of Kullervo is a foundational work in Tolkein's invented world. 168 pages, softcover.
Vendor: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2017
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed SetJ.R.R. TolkienHoughton Mifflin Harcourt / 2014 / Other$27.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkiens characters. "Hapless Kullervo," as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny.
Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruelest of fates.
Tolkien himself said that The Story of Kullervo was "the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own," and was "a major matter in the legends of the First Age." Tolkiens Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, the tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. Published with the authors drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the Kalevala, The Story of Kullervo is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkiens invented world.
"A fascinating read."NPR