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The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Dec 12, 08

Read in November, 2008

I'm always sketchy of posthumous Tolkien. It used to be because "it wasn't Lord of the Rings," but later it was because these works involved an awful lot of exposition, telling, and names.

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 the opening, fight with the names, and you will be well-rewarded.
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