The Children of Húrin

the tale of the children of Húrin

313 pages

English language

Published Aug. 7, 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.

ISBN:
978-0-00-724622-9
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4 stars (56 reviews)

The ‘Great Tale’ of The Children of Húrin, set during the legendary time before The Lord of the Rings. Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwells in the vast fortress of Angband in the North; and within the shadow of the fear of Angband, and the war waged by Morgoth against the Elves, the fates of Turin and his sister Nienor will be tragically entwined. Their brief and passionate lives are dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bears them as the children of Hurin, the man who dared to defy him to his face. Against them Morgoth sends his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulates the fates of Turin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, in an attempt to fulfil the curse of Morgoth.

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Epic Middle Earth story somewhere between The LOTR and the Silmarillion

4 stars

I read the English version, but did not see it on site yet. Very interesting and tragic history of the children of Hurin. A much easier read than the Silmarillion but more condensed than the LOTR. if you have an interest in JRRT's worldbuilding and character histories than this is the book for you, more casual fans might get bored of these ancient hero's.

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4 stars

The story of Hurin's children was already thorougly covered in The Silmarillion, but this is the more elaborated version. Mine was an audio production narrated by Christopher Lee, whom I have to admit I at first had to get a bit used to, but now at the end as I look back, I'll say that actually he did an excellent job on it. His deep voice really sort of fits the mood and feel of the piece, and indeed the Tolkien verse in general.

The writing in this one is the same sort of style as The Silmarillion, which always feel a bit to me like a sort of a text book. I felt like I was reading a historical account with that one. This one has more detail with dialogue and such, but it still doesn't reach the level of readability that the LotR trilogy has, which I actually …

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4 stars

I enjoyed reading Children of Hurin out loud in bed, all the names put my girlfriend right to sleep!

I think even more so than LotR, reading CoH feels like reading myths out of a collection. It's in that mythic register rather than the sort of heroic register of LotR.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I'd only read the part in the Silmarillion previously. Looking forward to rereading that and picking up Beren and Luthien later this year.

Review of 'The Children of Húrin' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I quite enjoyed this story. It's heroic and tragic in all the right ways, and it is more accessible, I think, than many of Tolkien's other "lost tales" and mythologies in his legendarium. It succeeds in being a well-structured story with a set of boundaries, and although there might be a few too many names to remember (and that's just referring to the names Túrin gives himself!), it is well worth the read.

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3 stars

1)'''You shall see and you shall confess that I do not lie,' said Morgoth. And taking Húrin back to Angband he set him in a chair of stone upon a high place of Thangorodrim, from which he could see afar the land of Hithlum in the west and the lands of Beleriand in the south. There he was bound by the power of Morgoth; and Morgoth standing beside him cursed him again and set his power upon him, so that he could not move from that place, nor die, until Morgoth should release him.
'Sit now there,' said Morgoth, 'and look out upon the lands where evil and despair shall come upon those whom you have delivered to me. For you have dared to mock me, and have questioned the power of Melkor, Master of the fates of Arda. Therefore with my eyes you shall see, and with my ears …

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  • Middle Earth (Imaginary place) -- Fiction