The Children of Hurin (Hardback)
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The Children of Hurin (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 17/04/2007
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This de luxe collector's edition features the first edition text and eight full-colour plates, with an exclusive colour frontispiece illustration. The book is quarterbound with a special gold motif stamped on the front board and is presented in a matching slipcase.

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.

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 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.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007252237
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 890 g
Dimensions: 228 x 149 x 39 mm
Edition: De Luxe edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

"It has seemed to me for a long time that there was a good case for presenting my father's long version of the legend of the Children of Hurin as an independent work, between its own covers, with a minimum of editorial presence, and above all in continuous narrative without gaps or interruptions, if this could be done without distortion or invention, despite the unfinished state in which he left some parts of it." Christopher Tolkien

"The Children of Hurin is about to thrill and intrigue millions. It is safe to say that the 'great tale' of Turin is about to become a global myth...in its own dotty but also awe-inspiring way, it works." Sunday Times Culture

"...worthy of a readership beyond Tolkien devotees...this book deserves to eclipse all his other posthumous writings, and stand as a worthy memorial to the imagination of Tolkien.' The Times

"I hope that its universality and power will grant it a place in English mythology'... It isn't jolly, but then neither is Anthony and Cleopatra." The Independent on Sunday

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“The Children of Hurin”

This is an extremely disappointing narrative. It may have been painstakingly restored by Christopher Tolkien., however it lacks the cohesion of JRR Tolkien and leaves the reader wondering why they bothered! It is... More

Hardback edition
2nd May 2007
Helpful? Upvote 56

“The Children of Hurin”

Exactly what I was hoping for and expecting. More secrets about the Valar and how Lord of the Rings arrived.

Paperback edition
28th January 2009
Helpful? Upvote 45

“The Children of Hurin”

This is an extremely disappointing narrative. It may have been painstakingly restored by Christopher Tolkien., however it lacks the cohesion of JRR Tolkien and leaves the reader wondering why they bothered! It is... More

Paperback edition
14th December 2008
Helpful? Upvote 33

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