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The Children of HúrinThis 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 The Children of Hurin is a tragic tale of love and loss of remorseful earth shattering revelations; conseuently it is also one of the most moving stories Tolkien ever devised The execution never fully delivered it though only because Tolkien never finished editing it It just needs a little bit of polishing to remove a couple of tarnishes and then it would be perfection The Ancient Greeks understood exactly how to evoke sorrow pity and despair all in one powerful moment within their plays And here Tolkien follows suit The Children of Hurin could no longer live with themselves after what they discovered; it was enough to send the sanest of men mad Tolkien captures all this within his narrative The final scenes were majestic and terrible to behold dramatic and memorable in their awesomeness There’s no optimism here this is dark and beautiful easily the saddest thing Tolkien penned The plot is so strong and with swift final strokes the death blow of an ending is delivered elouently and mercilessly And of course an edition illustrated by Allan Lee helps to give Tolkien’s words even life “He was dark haired as his mother and promised to be like her in mood also; for he was not merry and spoke little though he learned to speak early and ever seemed older than his years Túrin was slow to forget injustice or mockery; but the fire of his father was also in him and he could be sudden and fierce Yet he was uick to pity and the hurts or sadness of living things might move him to tears” That being said though this most certainly has one of the worse opening chapters I’ve ever read in fiction Tolkien goes into extreme depth about Hurin’s lineage with the microscopic lens that is appropriate only in The Sillmarillion I was bombarded with names so many names that I was so confused It seemed a very odd way to begin things considering Tolkien eventually pulls this story into a traditional narrative and loses this authoritative authorial tone he began the book with Perhaps again this is because he never finished editing it So I recommend pushing through those first few chapters because this does eventually begin to pull itself together And it really begins with Turin a young warrior cursed by Morgoth The curse has come indirectly through his father’s lineage from the man who once dared to oppose the original dark lord He is haunted by black magic his destiny shaped leading to the tragic ending that befall the children of Hurin Turin’s prideful nature sets it off somewhat so his destiny and own personality set him on the road to his marvellously grim ending though Morgoth’s power is to blame his revenge is realised “The doom lies in yourself not in your name” “Then Morgoth stretching out his long arm towards Dor lomin cursed Hurin and Morwen and their offspring saying 'Behold The shadow of my thought shall lie upon them wherever they go and my hate shall pursue them to the ends of the world” The Children of Hurin lacks consistency The tone changed and the writing was far too complex and loaded with history for it to be approachable; it was so unlike the mastery of tone in The Lord of the Rings It lacked a certain sense of balance between storytelling and the insertion of history that makes the trilogy so grand However it is a vastly important work in the middle earth cannon On par with the brilliant Beren and Lúthien Tolkien t

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S 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 Instead of The Children or Húrin this book should be entitled The story in which view spoilerEverybody Dies hide spoiler

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READER ↠ DOC The Children of Húrin ↠ 9780618894642 FREE ¿ MONEYEXPRESSCARD ✓ 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 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