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The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien
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May 22, 2007

really liked it

This tale is very slow to get into. It bears a lot of similarity to the version included in previous partial publications. The opening chapter is very dry like the Silmarillion. I like this part of Tolkien's work but I felt like I'd read it, and was expecting his son had worked it into more of a story.

After the first few chapters, it does get into more of a tale, and less of a historical record, however it only occasionally gains the personal presence of the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings.

All in all I found myself compelled to pick it up each night by the end, and so feel as if it was worthwhile. The magic of Tolkien is preserved by his son, and I give it a 4.

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