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One for fans of Tolkien, not for everyone.
on 28 January 2008
I love the work of JRR Tolkien, the history he created for Middle Earth has never been surpassed by any fantasy writer since.
The Children of Hurin is not as strong a peice of work as 'The Lord of the Rings' or 'the Hobbit' or even 'The Silmarrilion' but for Tolkien fans its a must buy.
Judging it on its own merits however, I cannot be so easily pleased. The writing style is too vague and too similar to the Silmarrilion version of this tale. Being the Tolkien-fan that I am, I enjoyed this book but its not as good as Tolkiens more famous works.
Those that are familar with Hurin, Turin and the others in this tale may, like me, be disapointed at where the book ends. It fails to tell the full story of Hurin's return, which was a huge disapointment for me.
Be warned, this story is very dark and dont expect any type of happy ending. This tale takes place in a time when Morgoth (the first Dark Lord) ruled Middle Earth. Hurin defies Morgoth but is captured and forced to watch the decline of his clan. Hurin's children continue to defy Morgoth but they are cursed by the Dark Lord as things go from bad to worse.
If your a fan of Tolkien and want further knowledge of the history and myth he created .... buy this book. If not, stay away.