Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and stand alone story, the epic tale of The Children of Húrin will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, eagles and Orcs, and the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.
There are tales of
Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings, and the story
told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey
Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were
drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.
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 Nienor 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 Nienor 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 afterwards, 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 Christopher Tolkien has constructed, after
long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any
editorial invention. From Goodreads.
This is darker than the Lord of The Rings and there is no hope for the future. It starts with the curse of Hurin and his children and the rest of the book is the curse running it's course.
Even though it is so dark I still enjoyed it. I wasn't sure what to expect but it is a brilliant tale of a family's downfall.
If you haven't read any of Tolkien's books I would suggest starting with The Hobbit as that is a gentler introduction to Middel-earth.
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