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The Children of Hurin

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13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

A superb final encore to Middle Earth and Tolkien

I will begin by saying this is far from a feel-good riece of literature as the heroes of this story undergo a number of grueling trials that result in unhappy endings, often brought upon them by their own flaws and errors in judgment. But it is still a grand adventure i...
I will begin by saying this is far from a feel-good riece of literature as the heroes of this story undergo a number of grueling trials that result in unhappy endings, often brought upon them by their own flaws and errors in judgment. But it is still a grand adventure involving a great warrior fighting in a darkness wrought by Morgoth, an enemy to whom Sauron was only a lieutenant.

The writing is closer to The Silmarillion in style than The Lord of the Rings, but still bears Tolkien┬┐s unparalleled gift for description, dialogue, and philosophy. It is easily one of my favorite books but I would only recommend it to fans of Tolkien as it would be difficult, even impossible, for newcomers to Middle Earth to appreciate or understand.

posted by Garren on February 12, 2009

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Okay, you've FINALLY finished the Silmarillion. What now?

If you've finished the Silmarillion, congratulations. You've accomplished something even die-hard Tolkien fans find daunting. Give yourself a quick breather, then read The Children of Hurin - if only to tie up some of the loose ends Tolkien left in the Silmarillion an...
If you've finished the Silmarillion, congratulations. You've accomplished something even die-hard Tolkien fans find daunting. Give yourself a quick breather, then read The Children of Hurin - if only to tie up some of the loose ends Tolkien left in the Silmarillion and to saturate your brain even more with pseudo-Biblical tales of the trials of Elves and Men. Don't wait too long, though - and DON'T try to read this one first just because it's thinner. The relationships in this pre-Elrond world are so complex and numerous as to necessitate yet another genealogical diagram or three in the Appendix.

In short, you're looking at "Silmarillion v1.5" here - and tales that are more of a DUTY to read than a pleasure.

posted by ISUPrez on June 4, 2009

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Didn't like it.

    I'm probably not being totally fair since the book is "advertised" as a tragedy, but the unremitting doom and gloom for 320 pages wore me down.
    Though I consider "The Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings" to be the greatest fantasy novels (and also among the great novels of any genre) and have read and re-read both many times, I am not remotely a Tolkien scholar. I say this because a Tolkien scholar would probably find "The Children of Hurin" to be an interesting and informative addition to the Tolkien mythology.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

    Just don't understand it.

    As a loyal Tolkien reader, I was excited when I found The children of Hurin at my local Barnes and Noble. This excitement soon faded though. The reason the excitement faded is because as I read the book it became very clear that the book was written over many and I do mean many years. That would have been fine but you can tell that Tolkiens thoughts and views of the characters changed. This change becomes very hard to follow. I think tolkien had a really great foundation for the story but just never really put his heart and soul into this story. My only question is "does anyone really what to read a story about a brother sister romance". If they do then this story is for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2007

    Very Disappointed...

    J.R.R. Tolken's son did not follow his fathers writing style. It was hard to get into this story. It began like the bible full of names and bloodlines. It was very hard to follow. Once I got to about the middle of this book I finally got into the story line. At this point the story was focused on one blood line and their story. I did like how it tried to tie into the history of the Lord of the Rings series.

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