The Children of Húrin

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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.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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007263455
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 11/19/2007
Series: Great Tales of Middle-earth Series
Edition description: Unabridged edition
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 495,532
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.Christopher Tolkien, born on 21st November 1924, is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. A pilot during the Second World War, he later lectured on early English and northern literature at New College, Oxford, becoming a Fellow and Tutor in 1964. Appointed by J.R.R. Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the publication of his father’s unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth. He lives in France with his wife Baillie.

Date of Birth:

January 3, 1892

Date of Death:

September 2, 1973

Place of Birth:

Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)

Place of Death:

Oxford, England

Education:

B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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Hador Goldenhead was a lord of the Edain and wellbeloved by the Eldar. He dwelt while his days lasted under the lordship of Fingolfin, who gave to him wide lands in that region of Hithlum which was called Dor-lómin. His daughter Glóredhel wedded Haldir son of Halmir, lord of the Men of Brethil; and at the same feast his son Galdor the Tall wedded Hareth, the daughter of Halmir.

Galdor and Hareth had two sons, Húrin and Huor. Húrin was by three years the elder, but he was shorter in stature than other men of his kin; in this he took after his mother’s people, but in all else he was like Hador, his grandfather, strong in body and fiery of mood. But the fire in him burned steadily, and he had great endurance of will. Of all Men of the North he knew most of the counsels of the Noldor. Huor his brother was tall, the tallest of all the Edain save his own son Tuor only, and a swift runner; but if the race were long and hard Húrin would be the first home, for he ran as strongly at the end of the course as at the beginning. There was great love between the brothers, and they were seldom apart in their youth.

Húrin wedded Morwen, the daughter of Baragund son of Bregolas of the House of Bëor; and she was thus of close kin to Beren One-hand. Morwen was dark-haired and tall, and for the light of her glance and the beauty of her face men called her Eledhwen, the elven-fair; but she was somewhat stern of mood and proud. The sorrows of the House of Bëor saddened her heart; for she came as an exile to Dorlómin from Dorthonion after the ruin of the Bragollach.

Túrin was the name of the eldest child of Húrin and Morwen, and he was born in that year in which Beren came to Doriath and found Lúthien Tinúviel, Thingol’s daughter. Morwen bore a daughter also to Húrin, and she was named Urwen; but she was called Lalaith, which is Laughter, by all that knew her in her short life.

Huor wedded Rían, the cousin of Morwen; she was the daughter of Belegund son of Bregolas. By hard fate was she born into such days, for she was gentle of heart and loved neither hunting nor war. Her love was given to trees and to the flowers of the wild, and she was a singer and a maker of songs. Two months only had she been wedded to Huor when he went with his brother to the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and she never saw him again.

But now the tale returns to Húrin and Huor in the days of their youth. It is said that for a while the sons of Galdor dwelt in Brethil as foster-sons of Haldir their uncle, after the custom of Northern men in those days. They often went to battle with the Men of Brethil against the Orcs, who now harried the northern borders of their land; for Húrin, though only seventeen years of age, was strong, and Huor the younger was already as tall as most full-grown men of that people.

On a time Húrin and Huor went with a company of scouts, but they were ambushed by the Orcs and scattered, and the brothers were pursued to the ford of Brithiach. There they would have been taken or slain but for the power of Ulmo that was still strong in the waters of Sirion; and it is said that a mist arose from the river and hid them from their enemies, and they escaped over the Brithiach into Dimbar. There they wandered in great hardship among the hills beneath the sheer walls of the Crissaegrim, until they were bewildered in the deceits of that land and knew not the way to go on or to return. There Thorondor espied them, and he sent two of his Eagles to their aid; and the Eagles bore them up and brought them beyond the Encircling Mountains to the secret vale of Tumladen and the hidden city of Gondolin, which no Man had yet seen.

There Turgon the King received them well, when he learned of their kin; for Hador was an Elf-friend, and Ulmo, moreover, had counselled Turgon to deal kindly with the sons of that House, from whom help should come to him at need. Húrin and Huor dwelt as guests in the King’s house for well nigh a year; and it is said that in this time Húrin, whose mind was swift and eager, gained much lore of the Elves, and learned also something of the counsels and purposes of the King. For Turgon took great liking for the sons of Galdor, and spoke much with them; and he wished indeed to keep them in Gondolin out of love, and not only for his law that no stranger, be he Elf or Man, who found the way to the secret kingdom or looked upon the city should ever depart again, until the King should open the leaguer, and the hidden people should come forth.

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"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 Húrin as an independent work" 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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Children of Húrin 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Given+the+amount+of+manuscripts+and+their+variation%2C+this+is+an+entertaining+and+satisfactory+story.
willowcove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Similar to the the Silmarillion in that it's a slower read than the Ring Trilogy, but a good story
StefanY on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Children of Hurin provides some great historical material to Tolkien's world of Middle-Earth and adds even more richness to the Lord of the Rings. This addition to Tolkien's extensive historical background of Middle-earth fills in the gaps and fleshes out stories that have been mentioned and hinted at in other works by giving us a detailed and colorful look at the tragic story surrounding Túrin and Niënor (Hurin's children) and the ongoing battle against Morgoth, the master of the Lord of the Rings' evil character, Sauron.This is a well-told tale with engaging characters and plenty of action that keeps the reader interested throughout. While not as enthralling as the Lord of the RIngs Trilogy, or as entertaining and wonderful as The Hobbit, The Children of Hurin is a worthy addition to the Middle-Earth cannon and is a more complete novel than most other source material that is out there. It stand on it's own well and one does not need to have read any of the other histories to follow along with what is going on here.Overall, a solid work that I'd recommend to fans of Tolkien's works or epic fantasy in general.
elenchus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The character of Hurin is not the focus of the plot, title notwithstanding: his role is effectively a framing device for the trials of his son, Turin. Hurin joined the unsuccessful battle against Morgoth (Melkor), and though captured helps ensure the escape of a contingent of Elves and Men. Defying Morgoth's desire to know the location of the hidden city of Gondolin, Morgoth tortures Hurin and imprisons him in Angband. Through sorcery, Hurin must witness a curse slowly unfold Morgoth's malevolence upon his family. So much for the narrative frame: the remainder of the tale tells of Turin's efforts to find his way in the world, oppose Morgoth, and return to his family. Of the other two children of Hurin: his eldest daughter dies in childhood, and his youngest daughter remains with her mother, separated from both Hurin and Turin. A romantic tragedy in high fantasy.//If Tolkien provides distinct prose styles in The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings, and The Silmarillion, here he's provided another which fits somewhere between: more measured than the paternal storyteller of Bilbo's and Frodo's tales, but more lyrical and engaged than I recall from The Silmarillion. That may result from son Christopher's refined editing skills, or perhaps that Tolkien left a solid set of versions to work from. It works as advertised, a neat entry into the larger world of the History of Middle-earth, not as daunting or as much a slog as The Silmarillion, and I'll use it as a stepping off point for revisiting that work, perhaps looking at the various volumes published since then: BoLT, HoME, UT I and II.Hurin helps situate the distinctions between the First Age, Second Age, and Third Age in Tolkien's mythology. Hurin's tale is in fact one of three principle stories belonging to the First Age, the others being the Fall of Gondolin and the Tale of Beren and Luthien. The Second Age (according to Robert Foster) deals with the advent of Sauron, the forging of the Rings of Power, and Sauron's initial (temporary) overthrow. The Third Age is accounted for by both the events of Bilbo and Thorin & Company, and the later events of the Fellowship. It's tempting to see the Fourth Age as allegory for modern times here on Earth, but then Tolkien had a low opinion of allegory.The relation of Men and Elves is intriguing: a key subtheme, though not the focus of this story. But surely it's important that the two races have such close dealings, partnerships, intermarriage, and are allied against Morgoth. Whereas in the Third Age, superstition at least on the part of Men toward Elves, if not outright forgetting. Interesting, too, when realising that Men came out of the East "running from something dark" but not speaking of it. What does Tolkien make of that, I wonder.On a smaller scale, the forgetting and darkness cast upon Nienor by Glaurung (the original Dragon, creature of Morgoth and sire of Smaug), leading as it does to feral if enchanted behavior, and eventually to incest ... that, too, seems deliberately mythopoeic in the telling. But I may be forcing a reading which I admire in myth, which nevertheless is not here.//The map is arranged to fold out and remain visible while reading the book, and easily refolded until next reading session. Simple, clever, and highly functional. Alan Lee's illustrations are decorative rather than an added layer of visual interpretation. I'm impressed with how many there are, both full-colour as well as the pencil / line drawings scattered throughout.
mielniczuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Long, cmplex, and a great escape.
danconsiglio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining fantasy that does not require a background in other Tolkien to fully appreciate. This is one of the smaller stories from the history of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien buffs will enjoy the difference between the general tones of the Second and Third Ages. For everyone else there are blood drinking swords, fire-breathing lizards, and a seriously screwed up hero who will put the beat down at the slightest provocation. This is a fun, classical tragedy complete w/ family grudges and absent father figures. While you can pretty much call every plot twist well in advance (especially if you have read The Silmerillion and know the whole story in it's shorter form anyway) this is still a pleasant breezy read w/ some pretty awesome fights scenes and an incredibly bad-ass dragon. I was skeptical of a story edited by Christopher Tolkien, but as long as you stick to the narrative and ignore the scattered and redundant preface and appendix you'll be in good shape
kuniyoshi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sweeping epic that, while occasionally dense with archaic language and various name-changes throughout, embodies the very best of epic storytelling. As far as I can tell, the plot is vaguely Oedipal, but Turin makes an excellent anti-hero. Definitely worth reading if you are used to Tolkien's style, a bit of the Simerilliean decoded.
Lhinneill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up Children of Húrin, I had expected an epic story with a similar feeling as The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Much to my surprise, it wasn't much at all what I'd anticipated. Where I had expected strong and courageous heroes like Aragorn and Frodo and Sam and Faramir, I discovered the beat-down antihero, Túrin son of Húrin. He's really kind of selfish and isn't the kind of Man who would head off and risk his life to save the world. He isn't flung into a heroic journey to destroy evil, rather he tries to hide from his destiny.But still I found myself captivated by his tragic tale. In everything, there's still this part of him that struggles to rise above the curse upon his family. For all of his mistakes, he has his triumphs too. And for a while, there's a little bit of hope. He joins with his best friend and together they strike back. But then tragedy strikes once more and Túrin is devestated. He falls to ruin (and eventually marries his sister. *gag*).The story is far darker than Lord of the Rings, but there is no doubt of what it is: a classic Tolkien tale. The characters are beautiful, the setting full and majestic. All in all, Children of Húrin is a very good book and well worth a read to any Tolkien fan.
MrDowney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very sad story, but rich with Tolkien complexity.
sidesho on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A myth from the Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales is brought to life in this tragedy.Although i have read these books many times over the years; i was glad to find some areas fleshed out- such as Turins time among the outlaws. I wouldn't say this is a stand-alone book as its history is quite important (esp. The Lay of Beren and Luthien). Each time you read this it becomes a little easier until you don't need to cross-reference any more.Some parts differ from the Silmarillion (depending on which version you own.) but as this is all from 'myth' i would expect discrepancies anyway.
rboyechko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book was pretty good, though as always characterized by Tolkien's protracted style of writing. The book reads more like an actual history than a fictional work, much like Silmarillion. I certainly respect Tolkien and believe him to be a genius in his way, but the book is long-winded and at times I had a hard time keeping focused on the story.
5hrdrive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Admittedly not my favorite tale from the First Age, I much prefer The Fall of Gondolin or the story of Beren and Luthien. This is much too sad and depressing. However, the artwork by Alan Lee is fantastic and really helps to bring the story to life. I also appreciate the way that the map is incorporated - makes it extremely easy to follow along.
mojomomma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guess I just wasn't in the mood for this. It was all just a little too trite somehow. Turin, Hurin's son, goes off on a quest to avenge his father where he escapes certain death several times, always turns out to be the hero against long odds, changes his name nearly every chapter, and manages to marry and impregnate the sister who was born after he left home. Nice! Because of his curse, he usually manages to get his companions killed somehow. If you see this guy coming to save you from a foul-smelling dragon RUN! If the dragon don't get you, Turin will! Thank goodness for the glossary at the end of the book, it was the only way to keep the character names straight.
ResAliens on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Children of Hurin, by J.R.R. TolkienReviewed by ResAliensTragic ending. Yet offering a thin sliver of hope. For this reason, I not only came away satisfied with the tale, but can recommend it to those who are not die-hard Tolkien fans. The Children of Hurin is a story that mirrors life. In our world, as well as Middle Earth, there exist flawed heroes, betrayals, heart-breaking misunderstandings, veiled truth, self-deceived leaders . . . and that occasional glimmer of hope.This drama has all of that ¿ plus the orcs, elves, a few dwarves, a dragon, and of course Morgoth, the original dark lord and master of Sauron, which are familiar to the readers of Tolkien. But the story also has Turin, the son of Hurin, the embittered protagonist. The character of Turin is a refreshing alternative to the `reluctant hero¿ we¿ve come to expect from our epic fantasies. Turin isn¿t so much reluctant as he is psychologically ambivalent (he could give a damn either way) ¿ and you¿ll find he isn¿t much of a hero. Nevertheless, I cheered for him and wept for him (okay, maybe not literally). I struggled with him to make sense of it all ¿ life, death, war, evil. And you will too. But I suspect that you won't be satisfied with the conclusion. We¿ve been too conditioned by `fairy tale¿ endings of good triumphing over evil (especially us Tolkien fans) that this story seems¿too real for us?So if you're expecting a prequel to The Lord of the Rings I think you'll come away disappointed. But if you want to breathe in that prequel First Age air (6000 years before The Hobbit) ¿ and journey along in a more accessible epic than The Silmarillion ¿ then this story delivers. But it's not perfect. Son Christopher Tolkien, now over 80 years old and very much the mantle bearer of his father, did a good job stitching together unfinished portions of the story left unfinished by J.R.R. But there is an occasional patchwork feel to the telling. I got thrown out of the story a few times. But then, I was thrown out of LotR a few times as well (all that mythological background poetry gets a bit tedious, don¿t you think?). Still, a tremendous addition to the opus.My Rating: 8 of 10 (4 Stars)Also posted on SFReader.com
bevangelista on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really nice book to read if you love getting into a good fantasy world, and are familiar with the LotR series and other Tolkien books. This is about Turin, son of Hurin and his doom. It goes from
okmliteracy8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was tragic tale of adventure and conquest. It was gripping but it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat, but overall it was a great book with lots of interesting characters and plot twists.- Colton W.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are a Tolkien fan, you will enjoy this book. It isn't long, but that does not mean it is an easy read. This is a heroic tragedy, not a happy story. Despite the title, this is primarily the story of Turin, son of Hurin, who lived long before the events of The Lord of the Rings. His story was summarized in The Silmarillion, and expanded and enhanced here. Turin is a human hero, leading elves and men against whatever foes he encounters, and achieving both great and infamous deeds, while fighting against the curse on his house. The book is written in typical Tolkien prose, which for me was wonderful to read again. In its way, this book is 'dark', but in the sense that tragedy is dark, long before dark was a description of books. Highly recommended.
sirfurboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is hard going. Compare the writing here with Tolkien's masterpiece "The Lord of the Rings" or with his wonderfully accessible "The Hobbit" and you will be very disappointed. This is not surprising as this is not a book Tolkien published. Instead, as detailed in the preface, the book has been brought together from Tolkiens noted with a minimum of editorial input, rewriting etc. long after the author's death. This hands off approach was clearly adopted after the complaints over the editorial input into the tales of the equally impenetrable "Silmarillion". But the problem here is that whilst the tale is clearly Tolkien's, it is not at all clear that this was a tale he would ever have published in this form - and had he done so, it would not have read like this.Tolkien fans will care not a wit though. This is still a wonderfully imagined tale based on some folk literature that the author acknowledges. It reads like an epic tragedy - and that is exactly what it is, but set in the mythology that Tolkien was creating for his Middle Earth.Set 6,500 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings, this book provides some wonderful insights and background material - and it is an essential book for Tolkien completists. But that will be the only group who should read this. It is not an entry point into the Lord of the Rings. It is not the book you would buy first - it is the one you would buy last after reading the others. read as a standalone story I feel it is stilted, unpolished, long and pondering on places and not by any means the best example of Tolkien's work. Still, for its imagination, background material, and the very different character of story which - being based on actual mythologies from several cultures - is intellectually stimulating, I feel I can in good conscience give it three and a half stars.
drewandlori on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story takes place in the First Age, several thousand years before the Hobbit. A human warrior named Hurin was captured and tortured by Morgoth, who was the original Dark Lord before Sauron. Hurin was tortured for information but he refused to talk, so Morgoth threatened to put a curse on his family. Hurin still didn't talk, so for the next 30 years he was forced to watch as Morgoth's evil plan unfolds and he takes his revenge on Hurin's son and daughter. I liked this story, but it was kind of tough going. I'm a little out of practice at reading Tolkien, and had to go to the glossary of names in the back of the book a LOT. Characters often have multiple names and aliases, and they often sound alike (the most obvious example probably being a conversation between three people named Melian, Morwen, and Mablung.) Also, the story itself is a tragedy, and so very different from Tolkien's more famous books. Overall, it was an interesting story and I liked learning about the earlier parts of Tolkien's mythology.
AshRyan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tolkien has far less excuse for his fatalism than the ancient Greeks from whom he so liberally cribbed in this tale. Still, worth listening to for Christopher Lee's narration if nothing else.
prettycurious on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has been written/editted together well, making it one of the more readable tales from the early ages of Middle Earth. The prose defintely reads like traditional myth, so much so that I forgot sometimes that I wasn't reading a translation of an older text. I would recommend this for anyone interested in the history of Middle Earth beyond LOTR and the Hobbit.
JapaG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The tale of Turin Turambar from Silmarillion, much fleshed out. The tales of Turin and Beren and Luthien are the most finished ones in the Silmarillion, and it has been a huge work for Christopher Tolkien to gather all his father's references to Turin and incorporate them into this larger, novelized work.Although the tale is almost exactly the same as the one of Kullervo from the Finnish national epic, Kalevala, it is a great work of fiction in the tales of Middle-earth. A very tragic tale in a Shakespearian fashion.So, not recommended for anyone wishing for a happy read, but highly recommended for the people that have read The Lord of the Rings and want to know more about the first age.
anterastilis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Children of Húrin is Christopher Tolkien¿s much-anticipated completion of an unfinished tale of Middle-earth by his father, J.R.R. Tolkien. This story takes place in the lands in the west (beyond the Grey Havens of the Third Age), and during the First Age ¿ a time and place explored in more depth in The Silmarillion. Morgoth is a rebellious Vala who terrorizes the men and elves. Húrin, lord of a group of men, raises an army to fight Morgoth. He is captured and imprisoned, and Morgoth puts a curse on his children: Túrin and Ni¿nor. The Children of Húrin focuses on the misadventures of the two ill-fated humans.Although J.R.R. Tolkien set this story aside (to write The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) and it was heavily edited by his son, one can still hear his voice. The Children of Húrin seems ancient and is written as an archaic narrative. It is somewhat biblical in feel (like The Silmarillion), doesn¿t have the whimsy and rhythm of some of his other short works (Tom Bombadil, the Unfinished Tales,etc.) and lacks the depth and characterization of his large works (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit). However, I very much enjoyed taking a short trip back to Middle-earth. I would recommend this book to fans of Middle-earth and Tolkien ¿ especially those who have read and enjoyed The Silmarillion.I enjoyed this little trip back to Middle-earth, depressing as it was. The book focuses largely on Túrin, who seems to run into nothing but trouble. It¿s wonderful, however, how J.R.R. Tolkien¿s voice comes through in this story. The writing is kind of odd¿I¿m not sure why Christopher Tolkien chose to edit it into prose instead of keeping it as rhymed verse the way his father had written it. It does work, though. Just more Silmarillion than Unfinished Tales.Speaking of The Silmarillion, he mentions in the appendix (one of several ¿ writing extensive appendices must be genetic) that he left out some of the story because it was already covered in The Silmarillion. That¿s just another tidbit of how this book fits into the canon.
jaygheiser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How fantastic to be able to read a brand new Tolkien book! Great story, very gripping.
colbud on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I somehow missed that this book was being published and found out the day it ran out of stock at every bookstore in Seattle! I had to wait a couple days for B&N to get it in, then finished it in two days. Tolkien's epic fantasy style is like liquid chocolate, rich and full with a pleasant aftertaste!If you loved the Silmarillion, you will love this book. If you thought the Silmarillion was too long with too many names, this might be more tolerable for you because it chronicles a very short time frame in Middle Earth.