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The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Aug 17, 07

bookshelves: fantasy
Recommended for: Tolkien fans
Read in April, 2007

This book is really good. I am surprised Christopher Tolkien was able to assemble such a coherent story, while maintaining the tone of the rest of the Middle Earth books. Most of his other attempts of this sort are painful to behold.

If you liked the Silmarillion, this book is very similar in style, though possibly a bit easier to read, as it is the story of one man, rather than a history of Middle Earth.

The tale of Turin is both gripping and heart-wrenching, and Tolkien does a really good job of letting the reader know how wrong things are going, while making it believable that Turin would do the things he does. Turin turns out to be a pretty atypical anti-hero, and seems to be truly torn between doing what he has to do to survive and doing what he knows is right and just.
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