The Children of Húrin (Middle-earth Universe)
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 more The Lord of the Rings but it continues to paint a...more
Deriving from the Finnish national epic Kalevala and the tragic Kullervo, The Children of Hurin proves again what Tolkien can do with ancient legends and myths. I have to confess that I was looking for parallels with Beowulf through most of my readings and found man...more
This is probably the grimmest tale of Middle-earth, filled with treachery and betrayal and evil glamours and shocking revelations and all other manner of doom and tragedy. If you read The Silmarillion, you know the gist of the story. (If you didn't read The Silmarillion I'm not sure why you're reading this book in the first place.) This volume presents the tale of Túrin Turambar in a longer, more complete narrative (although it's still relatively short by modern sta...more
Let me start by making a couple of points. First...more
What always strikes me about the early writings of Tolkein's (JRR, not Christopher) is the love and tenderness with which he writes his characters. No matter how awful their acts, whether voluntary or fated, it is cle...more
Infatti sono tanti e tali i riferimenti agli avvenimenti ed ai personaggi presenti negli altri tomi di Tolkien (principalmente "Il silmarillion" e "I racconti perduti"), che senza un robusto background la lettura sarebbe troppo faticosa e dispersiva.
Ed è un peccato in realtà.
Perchè al di là dell'aspetto mitologico che fa...more
Non c'è una quest, un tesoro da trovare o una principessa da salvare. I problemi non si risolvono con la magia ma con la spada e spesso con esiti drammatici.
E' la storia di alcuni uomini che lottano per la loro vita, la famiglia e la terra contro un potere più grande di loro, una divinità caduta che vuole estendere il suo potere sull'umanità. Turin, il protagonista, è tutt'altro che un cavaliere senza macchia, ha un carattere cupo e incl...more
The Children of Húrin was one of the beautiful stories taken from The Silmarillion (Children of Húrin actually being the extended version of the story of Túrin Turambar from Silmarillion) , and the most tragic of them all. And i agree, because the fate of the Children of Húrin was not an easy one, and it was full of despair and regret. I don't think this is book for those who don't like tragedy, but i doubt there is another tragedy like this which moved me to tears. A...more
Then I made the fatal error of...more
I knew even before...more
This book sets out one of the longer so called "Lays of Beleriand", stories from that place in the west of Middle-Earth that was later f...more
Great, great, great, great, great. As one who is among the (legions of) people who appreciate the character-driven, powerful portrayal of daily trials, personalities, and themes of friendship and loyalty found in The Lord of the Rings, and those (somewhat smaller number of) people who appreciated the sweeping, cataclysmic majesty of The Simarillion; The Children of Húrin is a most satisfying blend of the two. Set a...more
How wrong I was. I very much enjoye...more
If you love the Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit but have not been able to muster the patience and dedication it takes to read the Silmarillion, this book will inspire you to delve deeper into the ancient, tragic and glorious history of middle earth.
The story is one of Tolkien's "Great Tales" and the text was compiled from previou...more
Incidentally, I think his son did a fine job adapting and annotating the unfinished story. Also, the har...more
After reading the introduction by Chris Tolkien, JRR's editor/son, I learned that this story was severally written as alliterative verse, a lay, several snippets of notes, outlines, etc, and smoothed together later. It's episodic, and ends on an extremely down no...more
Children of Hurin certainly starts this way (there are 12 names in the opening paragraph alone!), but a few pages in the story started for real. After that I couldn't put it down.
This book is dark and sad and really good. It feels powerful in a way that a lot of stories don't. So I encourage you to slog through...more
I thought the way Turin/Thurin died was simply...it was just the dumbest way to die, 'all hope is lost, but I ho...more
Nella nota questo libro, Quirino Principe ci fa notare quello che secondo me è il nodo centrale della vicenda di Túrin: una leggenda, e come tale questa storia deve essere presa.
La sotria ivi narrata non è altro che la versione riveduta-ed ampliata- del racconto già presente ne Il Silmarrilion e nei Racconti perduti.
La sostanziale differenza tra le tre versioni della storia, oltre alla sua lunghezza,
Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C.S. Lewis.