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"The Children of Hurin"

Postby Boikat » Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:34 pm

I'm surprised that with all the Fantasy genera fans here abouts, no body's commented on the release of "The Children of Hurin", by JRR Tolkien. Actually, since JRR is no longer with us, the work was compiled, and edited by his son, be that as it may.

The only negative comment I've seen so far is that the first chapter is a bit clunky, but after that, it settles into a classic JRR Tolkien rhythm in the style of Lord of the Rings.

I went by a book store today to see if they had a copy, which they did, so i paged through it. It was the hard cover edition, illustrated with many B/W drawings, and about ten color plates. The art was good, and the little tidbits I read, read well.

Needless to say, next payday, the book store will be getting a bit of my paycheck. :)
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Postby aldan » Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:06 pm

I have a question about the book...

Since the story of Hurin and his family was covered in quite a bit of detail in The Silmarillion, what is it that was added to that to create this book, and what makes it worth buying, in that case?
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Postby Boikat » Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:55 pm

From one review I read, apparently, while a significant part of the Hurin family "legend' was addressed in "The Silmarillion" (Is that the right sprellink?), there was also some elements in "Unfinished Tales". Unfortunately, there were contradictions. Christopher Tolkien took the two already published parts, plus other notes from his fathers collection, re-wrote small sections to resolved the contradictions and the result is "The Children of Hurin".

From the reviews, it's a dark tale that ends on a dark not, which is consistent with being the "prequel" to "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the rings".

Like any books with a legacy, time will tell how the die-hard Tolkien fans will react to the novel. But, like I say, they go my money. One thing I did notice, which may, or may not bode well, is that the book stores already have them marked down as much as 40% (Boarders book store, and i seen that on the web too.)
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Postby aldan » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:40 am

Borders has them down that much? It could be that they're expecting it to sell poorly, sure, but then again, they could be 'seeding the waters' with the sale, too...

As for the spelling of Silmarillion, it's correct. I did notice that you said it ended on a 'dark not' though, by which I think that you meant 'dark note'.

*whispers to BK* "They go my money??" *aldan walks away, shaking his head*
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Postby Merle » Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:18 am

Yes, the Narn i hin Hurin is a sad tale. Morgoth's curse of Hurin and his children was complete. Everything and everyone Turin touched turned to grief. That's a hard chapter to read in The Silmarillion.

I assume that this latest release is the longer version of the tale, of which the chapter in The Silmarillion is more or less a synopsis. If you've read Unfinished Tales, you find a very nice incomplete narrative of Tuor and his coming to Gondolin that is much more in depth than what appears in The Silmarillion.

I read on Hostboard about this being released awhile ago. Just forgot to post it here. Sorry!
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Postby The_Khan » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:43 am

I just started reading "The Children of Hurin" and I'm enjoying it tremendously. It brings me back to when I was in the sixth grade and I was devouring "The Silmarillion" :)
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Postby Boikat » Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:06 pm

*whispers to BK* "They go my money??" *aldan walks away, shaking his head*


Blame the Lortab and the Lirica. Says right on the warning label "Difficulty concentrating".
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Postby aldan » Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:41 pm

*aldan snickers, but then, because he's a diabetic, ends up regretting it and stays up all night in discomfort*
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Postby The_Khan » Tue May 08, 2007 8:31 am

I finished reading The Children of Hurin and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was laid out better in this book then it was in the Silmarillion. Excellent book!
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Postby aldan » Tue May 08, 2007 1:39 pm

Thank you for saying that, The Khan! That gives me a much stronger reason for reading it.
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Postby The_Khan » Tue May 08, 2007 1:55 pm

You're welcome and you will definitely enjoy it!
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Postby Qray » Tue May 08, 2007 2:04 pm

Khan, how dark was the ending? Dark? Or dark dark?

BK, what is the price of the book down to?
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