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A Heroic, If Not Harrowing Tale Of The Children Of Hurin.,
This review is from: The Children of Húrin (Hardcover)
This could well stand as one of Tolkien's greatest pieces of work other than the Lord Of The Rings. It is a true masterpiece in every sense of the word as Tolkien once again combines imagination with great deeds and wonderful imagery as he weaves a magical tale of the Elder Days In Middle Earth during the first age.
I have read much of Tolkiens earlier work, such as the silmarilian and the unfinished tales and these novels are a little heavy going at times so I was a little dubious as to whether The Children Of Hurin would be of a similar literal tone. I couldn't have been more wrong. Although I have come across this tale before I have never read it in its entirety. As you read through the story I was surprised to be so drawn into it, you do get a real feel for the woes of all the characters in the book as you urge them on whilst reading it.
Tolkien really has a remarkable style, his imagination has no bounderies and his skill with the pen is apparent as he takes you on yet another adventure from deep dark forests, to glorious rivers, epic battles all you expect from Tolkien is right here, so much of the lore that gets talked about in the later Lord Of the Rings is all here too. But it isnt Sauron who is the major threat it is his master the evil Morgoth, who puts a curse on the House of Hador and the Children of Hurin for defying him.
The story is often woeful, a far cry from Bilbo and the Dwarves on the Treasure quest. But for any Tolkien fans this really is a must read. Much lighter to read than most of his early essays and gives you a feel for Middle Earth in days long before Lord Of The Rings and the Days of Gandalf, Arragorn and the rest. Yet another great story from the master and one that is more than worthy to sit alongside the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit.