“A masterpiece…an extraordinary book. As in The Silmarillion you feel yourself in the presence of a personal genius.” A.N. Wilson, The Telegraph
"I hope that its universality and power will grant it a place in English mythology" Independent on Sunday
"The darkest of all Tolkien's tales. Alan Lee's illustrations complement the writing splendidly" Times Literary Supplement
'"Deserves to eclipse all his other posthumous writings, and stand as a worthy memorial to the imagination of Tolkien" The Times
’For those in search of a soulful, seamless read the rehabilitation of this sober tale will be gratefully received…a worthy addition to one of the most cherished mythologies in English literature.’
‘Christopher Tolkien has brought together his father's text as well as he can. It has a strange atmosphere all of its own.'
"A bleak, darkly beautiful tale played out against the background of the First Age of Tolkien's Middle-earth . . . grand, epic storytelling and a reminder, if one was needed, of Tolkien's genius in creating an imaginary world that both reflects and deepens a sense of our own mythic past." - Washington Post Book World
'The final episode, in which an incestuous passion and a battle with a great dragon enfold each other, has a power quite unlike anything else. When Hurin is released from captivity, and makes his way to his children's graves to meet, one last time his wife, the result is a coda more moving than I'd have thought Tolkien capable of creating.'
The Daily Telegraph
'The language is authentically Tolkien. Its aim is to tell a good story, and it does so. It is well crafted: Christopher Tolkien has skilfully pieced the fragments together.'
'It is dry, mad, humourless, hard-going and completely brilliant. My ten-year-old read it in a day and a half and has not shut up about it since. Tolkien is always dismissed as a conservative, but what's striking about this book is how modern it seems. It comes with lavish and lovely artwork by Alan Lee.' The Independent
'This is the darkest of all Tolkien's tales. Alan Lee's illustrations complement the writing splendidly.' TLS