The Children of Hurin (Hardcover)

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    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 that were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

    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 Turin 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 Hurin, 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 Turin 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 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

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    ISBN 9780618894642
    Genre FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 313
    Publisher Date 2007-04-17 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Copyright Year 2007
    Height 8.5 in
    Wdth 5.75 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 1.1 lb
    Language English
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Tolkien, J. R. R.
    Dimensions 9.3x6.7x1.1
    Country of Origin United States

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    • Beautiful language
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      It's comforting to read a book with great language - rather than the slang terms and half-sentences that are used so much now. Intelligent readers will enjoy this book immensely.

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    • The Children of Hurin
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      The book arrived as promised and arrived in excellent condition.

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    • GREAT price and shipped out FAST!
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      I was well pleased with the price of the book as I had checked around and this was the cheapest place I could purchase it and was well pleased with how fast it was shipped out. I would order from again without hesitation. Thanks so much. A happy returning customer to Overstock.com Well pleased costomer in NWOKLA :o>

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    • Takes the Long of the Short of it.
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      Very cool extended version of one of the best Tolkein stories in all of the Silmarillion. This version extends the original Hurin/Turin story from about 30-40pp to ~250pp and provides details that were otherwise only offered in the Appendix of previous titles. The torment of Morgoth's curse on the House of Hador is more clearly written and the illustrations are a very nice compliment.

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    • Great book
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      I really enjoyed this book. I have read all of the Lord of the Rings novels and this fit in nicely.

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    • abrupt ending
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      As a Silmarillion lover, I was thrilled to get my hands on anything new about the First Age of Middle Earth. This book definitely delivers new conversation and insight on the life of Turin, and perhaps a little bit on the rest of Hurins family and himself. However, I'll never understand why Christopher Tolkien decided to abrubtly end the story when it would have only taken a few more pages to complete the story, which for me would end with the death of Hurin. Instead it ends before that event and robs the reader of a truly tragic ending that would bring the story full circle. That being said, the illustrations were great.

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