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on 8 August 2017
Hello,
As with Berin and Luthien this is a very good read.
TomSnr
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on 17 July 2017
good author
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on 27 July 2017
Another masterpiece
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on 14 June 2017
Great
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on 10 November 2016
Good read
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on 12 April 2017
Imagine a young man of 20 or so, caught up in the trench warfare of World War I, experiencing the daily reality of mud, rats, lice, and bombardment, and writing stories about elves and dwarves, dragons and men of valor, stories of doomed heroes set in a time remote from the present. Before “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” there was a manuscript called “The Book of Lost Tales.”

One of lost tales, those stories of the First Age or what J.R.R. Tolkien referred to as the “Elder Days,” was “The Children of Hurin.” It is a dark story, a tale of a curse, but it is a fierce story, a moving story, a story whose ending you know but you keep reading anyway because you’re caught in the grip of a master storyteller and he won’t let go.

Hurin is a heroic king, married to Morwen and the father of the boy Turin. He has set off with his allies to fight the Black Enemy, named Morgoth, who is seeking to dominate the worlds of men and elves with his own armies of Orcs and evil men. Hurin and his allies are defeated; Hurin is taken prisoner but is not killed. Instead, he is made a permanent captive and Morgoth places a curse upon his children.

“The Children of Hurin” is a rousing tale, a wonderful story in its own right but also one containing hints and foreshadowing of what was to come later with Tolkien’s greatest works.
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on 4 July 2017
Hmm, it was ok. The start was intriguing as it offered background on the familiar characters from the Lord of the Rings.. but the story was average. A few exciting parts, but otherwise fairly slow and more like a historical account. Pitty.
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I ordered it through Amazon and received it on release day.

If you loved the Silmarillion - (a book I prefer over Lord of the Rings), you'll love this - the style of writing, the prose, the story itself is in much the same vein, basically in the same vein as many Old English works Tolkien was familiar with, such as Beowulf, it's written as a SAGA.
I was actually expecting a more 'modern' story telling approach or a 'Novel' in the same vein as LOTR but not so.

So if you're a 'casual' reader, or one of those who jumped on the bandwagon when Peter Jacksons version of LOTR was released and don't particularly enjoy the Silmarillion style, nor are a fan of myth, legend and don't much enjoy epics then you might be disappointed.

The story itself is one of the best, if not the best that Tolkien has written and is essentially a tragedy and a romance and tells the story of Turin and his sister, his father Hurin and mother.
Cursed by the Great Enemy Morgoth, their fates rule and direct the fate of the 'War of the jewels'.
Hurin is the greatest ever warrior among Mortals, and Turin his son, or Elf-man (as he more than any other mortal closely resembles the Immortal Elf kind) is very close behind, "..a stabber in the dark, trecherous to foes, faithless to friends, and a curse unto his kin, Túrin son of Húrin!.." says the Dragon Glaurung about him.

It is dark and morbid in parts, full of great deeds, of noble values, betrayel, honour, trust and love, friendship and horror. With a brilliant villain and Heroes which make those in the Illiad seem like monkeys in comparison.

The characters aren't one dimensional at all, contrary to what some people say, and are fleshed out as people one can visualise, sympathise with or hate. Beleg ".. Beleg Strongbow, truest of friends, greatest in skill of all that harboured in the woods of Beleriand in the Elder Days.." is simply admirable, and his passing is a dramatic point. Morgoth is a total bstard, but totally blinded by his evil intentions. Turin is at times a complete arrogant, pig headed, holier than thou self righteous pratt - the complete opposite of Morgoth, yet alike in their narrow mindedness, but one has to admire his integrity, bravery, honour and strength.

There are some timeless classic monents whih really grip you, and others which stay with you forever!
It is an 'extended' version of the tales found in Unfinished Tales and The Silmarillion, with extra bits and elaborations which complete the picture, so all in all a worthy read and a true saga.

I just hope CJR Tolkien releases a book on Tolkiens 2nd Age, the forging of the Rings and the war of the last alliance.
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on 22 February 2017
Present
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on 3 May 2017
Excellent
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