[Reading] ➼ The Children of Húrin Author J.R.R. Tolkien – Kairafanan.co

I can t deny that Tolkien was master of his craft However, this book missed the drive and compactness that his other books possessed and I didn t like it as much as I hoped I would Was it because this book consists of small parts scenes of bigger picture put together after Tolkien s death by someone else than master himself Most probably Either way, this is a must read for all true fans of Middle earth Gandolf, Poul Anderson, J.R.R Tolkien, Tom Bombadil and Ozzy Osbourne sit in the Green Dragon pub in Murfreesboro Tennessee and discuss Tolkien s book The Children of Hurin.Gandolf Yes, Tom thank you, I will have some of this delightful mead, what did you call it Tom Melkor Mead, and here offers a sample glass try some of our Meriodoc Barleywine, we make them both here at Green Dragon.Ozzy Tahh, whassott faugh toouken majjes Tom Thanks, Ozzy I ll let the kitchen know you like the soup Poul how re you doing with your beer, like another Shadowfax Shandy Poul I m good for now, thanks Tom, so Ronald, it seems you ve been published after you passed than before Tolkien Oh, for goodness sakes, Poul, are you still jealous Poul Jealous Me Just because your prequel, trilogy and background works have outsold my life s work many times over Tolkien Poul, Poul, you are a wonderful writer, I mean, I loved, loved your book Two Hearts and Three Leopards Poul Three Hearts and Three Lions.Tolkien Yes, whatever, but Poul I mean, Children of Hurin was not even a completed work, just thrown together by Christopher to make some coin.Ozzy Aw wooght looos a con Poul Oh be quiet Prince of Darkness Gandolf Oh, I say, Poul, Children of Hurin is a fine work, magnificent work.Tom Really Silmarillion than Hobbit.Tolkien True, this was actually one of my earliest conceptions, not just as a first age story from middle earth but an early idea I had and came back to many times Of course my experiences in the Great War would have a significant influence on how I formed the text.Poul True, true, your world building is a great accomplishment Turin s tale is steeped in ancient myth and legend and you have, again, crafted a great work, I must admit.Tolkien Well, thank you Paul Poul Poul.Tolkien Poul, yes, whatever, but I mean, I WISH I could write a fantasy as good as yours.Poul Do not patronize me, Ronald, OK so you ve sold books than me, fine Ozzy Feeegh moow, Rawoool Tom You can say that again, Oz Poul Ok, ok, I give Tom how about another craft beer.Tom Yes sir, here you go try our Radagast Red Ale, you ll love it, and make sure you all come in next Tuesday night, we re having our Hobbits in Space night all stare at him Tom That was Lyn s idea.Lyn What Tolkien Fans Are Sure To Treasure This Tale Of Middle Earth S First Age, Which Appeared In Incomplete Forms In The Posthumously Published The Silmarillion And Unfinished Tales Those Earlier Books, Also Edited By Tolkien S Son, Christopher, Only Hinted At The Depth And Power Of The Tragic Story Of T Rin And Ni Nor, The Children Of H Rin, The Lord Of Dor L Min, Who Achieved Renown For Having Confronted Morgoth, Who Was The Master Of Sauron, The Manifestation Of Evil In The Lord Of The Rings Six Thousand Years Before The One Ring Is Destroyed, Middle Earth Lies Under The Shadow Of The Dark Lord Morgoth The Greatest Warriors Among Elves And Men Have Perished, And All Is In Darkness And Despair But A Deadly New Leader Rises, T Rin, Son Of H Rin, 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 Him Deftly Balancing Thrilling Battles With Moments Of Introspection, Tolkien S Vivid And Gripping Narrative Reaffirms His Primacy In Fantasy Literature This book in one gif I heard a lot of people say that Tolkien is the merry brother of George R.R Martin But anyone thinking that has clearly not read The Children of Hurin To say that this story is tragic would be an understatement.This 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 Silmarillion.The 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 curse.Turin, 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 J.R.R Tolkien And he did a very good job bringing this tale together from his father s drafts.Now, 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 first.Basically, 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. 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 equivalent of very carefully stitching a few patches to mend the gaping holes in an otherwise noble and beautiful garment.On 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 quite 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 escape.Or is it I think that Tolkien has done a wonderful job here of subverting the curse of Morgoth and the doom of H rin 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 doom fate on the one hand and free will on the other T rin makes decision after decision that invariably lead to tragic consequences 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 physical martial prowess to charge willfully forward regardless of even foreseeable consequences 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 T rin 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 T rin s childhood homeland, can be understood to push T rin 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 H rin.But T rin 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. Narnichin Hurin The Children of H rin Middle Earth Universe , J.R.R Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien Editor , Alan Lee Illustrator The Children of H rin is an epic fantasy novel which forms the completion of a tale by J R R Tolkien He wrote the original version of the story in the late 1910s, revised it several times later, but did not complete it before his death in 1973 His son, Christopher Tolkien, edited the manuscripts to form a consistent narrative, and published it in 2007 as an independent work The book contains 33 illustrations by Alan Lee, eight of which are full page and in colour 2010 1388 432 1394 9789643342920 1386 256 9789645706416 Instead of The Children or H rin, this book should be entitled The story in which view spoiler Everybody Dies hide spoiler The Children of Hurin is not a for people who saw the Lord of the Rings movies and then read the book It s for hardcore fans The people who remember all the names from the The Silmarillion Or for the few people out there who reread Beowulf a lot The Children of Hurin reads like a Nordic Saga.As a self proclaimed Tolkien Fanatic I enjoyed The Children or Hurin The Heroic, epic and ultimately tragic life of Turin and his sisters It s not The Lord of the Rings but it continues to paint a vivid tapestry for the Fellowships stories to play out against.There are a number or jarring transitions in the book Evidence of the unfinished state Tolkien left the tale in But this actually gives a authentic feeling to the story Like a recovered Saga or Epic that is missing a few passages Hurin is high fantasy and if it were not set in the world of Tolkien s other stories it would be as unaccessible as the Kalevala Even with it s grounding in the world of hobbits it is a book for the few not the many. 4.5 5 starsI never expected Tolkien to write a story as dark and tragic as the one portrayed in The Children of Hurin.First, a full disclosure that might anger Tolkien fanatics Despite the fact that I ve watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy than ten times, I m sorry to say that I wasn t able to finish reading The Fellowship of the Rings because I was extremely bored with it It s most likely because the movie has tainted me with its fast pacing, I have no idea why but the book was so boring that it drowsed me to sleep several times, not even halfway I also failed to finish The Silmarillion Twice I almost made it halfway the first time was than ten years ago, the second time was just a few days ago and twice I just can t bare through it any Throughout the years, I have asked some fans of Tolkien whether it s absolutely necessary to read not watch the main trilogy and The Silmarillion first before attempting the three Great Tales of Middle Earth Some said as long that I have watched the movies and have the basic knowledge from the first half of The Silmarillion or some thorough Wikipedia research which I did on both account , it should be enough Heck, some even said it s better to not read The Silmarillion first for maximum experience of going in blind Of course, there were also some that weren t kind some even felt offended only Morgoth knows why by the idea that I m reading The Silmarillion or attempted this without actually reading the main trilogy first Guess what I m going to offend them because I finished this book without reading The Silmarillion or The Lord of the Rings trilogy and I super loved it Picture The Land of Bow and Helm by Alan LeeWith that knowledge in mind, I ll make this review shorter than my usual reviews because I really think a lot of readers will do a better job than me in explaining the importance and connectivity of this tale to Tolkien s main work The Children of Hurin is one of the three Great Tales of Middle Earth written by J.R.R Tolkien and edited by Christopher Tolkien, the son of Tolkien The Children of Hurin is relatively a short book Excluding the preface, appendices, and glossary, the main content is only 200 pages long What s interesting though is how much depth and story was able to be told within 200 pages Most of the story line revolves around the curse bestowed upon the children of Hurin, specifically the story of Turin Turambar that started from his childhoodA man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet itI knew close to nothing about this book when I started it and I think it s the best way to enjoy this book All I did know was that the story was dark and tragic, but I never know how brutal it gets Although the beginning was a bit rough, I still think the prose was able to grab my attention so much than the prose in The Silmarillion Don t get me wrong, the writing style was still similar but The Silmarillion felt too much like reading a bible I love reading history but the Bible is another different matter In my opinion, The Children of Hurin was approachable and I found the second half of the book to be full of engaging drama, heartbreaking twists and turns, intensely gripping storyline, and utterly unputdownableFalse hopes are dangerous than fearsLastly, I also want to praise Alan Lee s illustrations The prose itself already offered a very atmospheric experience and Lee s illustrations enhanced the immersive atmosphere even It was really easy for me to feel like I was inside a dark myth of Middle Earth when I was reading through this book.Picture Glaurung by Alan LeeI have no idea whether finishing the required reading would actually enhance or diminish my reading experience But for now, all I can say is that overall I found this book to be superb and I don t feel like I m missing anything from what I ve read here I highly enjoyed reading The Children of Hurin Excluding a few mixed feeling on the beginning of the book, this was a fantastic and atmospheric reading experience.You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions 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 quest 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 quest 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 project.Fortunately, 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 close.But 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 correct.Children 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 words.The 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 quite 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 it.Despite 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 heartbreaking.There 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 esque 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 scene.The 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 them.This is yet another Tolkien book I ll be re reading in the future It s a fine addition to the Middle Earth canon.