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Tolkien fans are sure to treasure this tale of Middle-earth's First Age, which appeared in incomplete forms in the posthumously published The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. Those earlier books, also edited by Tolkien's son, Christopher, only hinted at the depth and power of the tragic story of Túrin and Niënor, the children of Húrin, the lord of Dor-lómin, who achievedTolkien fans are sure to treasure this tale of Middle-earth's First Age, which appeared in incomplete forms in the posthumously published The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. Those earlier books, also edited by Tolkien's son, Christopher, only hinted at the depth and power of the tragic story of Túrin and Niënor, the children of Húrin, the lord of Dor-lómin, who achieved renown for having confronted Morgoth, who was the master of Sauron, the manifestation of evil in the Lord of the Rings. The lengthy and fatiguing battle against Morgoth forms the backdrop for the moving account of the life of Húrin's eldest son, Túrin, a valiant but proud warrior whose all too human frailties augur an unhappy end. Perhaps Tolkien's most three-dimensional figure, Túrin flees from the elven kingdom where he has grown into manhood, sheltered from the forces of evil, after he's unjustly judged responsible for another's death. He hides his true identity as he begins a new life as leader of a band of outlaws, a choice that has dire consequences when he crosses paths with a family member after many years of separation. Deftly balancing thrilling battles with moments of introspection, Tolkien's vivid and gripping narrative reaffirms his primacy in fantasy literature....

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The Children of Húrin Reviews

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-03-25 12:32

    The Children of Hurin is a tragic tale of love and loss, of remorseful earth-shattering revelations; consequently, it is also one of the most moving stories Tolkien ever devised. The execution never fully delivered it though, only because Tolkien never finished editing it. It just needs a little bit of polishing to remove a couple of tarnishes, and then it would be perfection. The Ancient Greeks understood exactly how to evoke sorrow, pity and despair all in one powerful moment within their plays. And here Tolkien follows suit. The Children of Hurin could no longer live with themselves after what they discovered; it was enough to send the sanest of men mad. Tolkien captures all this within his narrative. The final scenes were majestic and terrible to behold, dramatic and memorable in their awesomeness. There’s no optimism here, this is dark and beautiful, easily the saddest thing Tolkien penned. The plot is so strong, and with swift final strokes the death blow of an ending is delivered eloquently and mercilessly. And, of course, an edition illustrated by Allan Lee helps to give Tolkien’s words even more life:“He was dark-haired as his mother, and promised to be like her in mood also; for he was not merry, and spoke little, though he learned to speak early and ever seemed older than his years. Túrin was slow to forget injustice or mockery; but the fire of his father was also in him, and he could be sudden and fierce. Yet he was quick to pity, and the hurts or sadness of living things might move him to tears.” That being said though, this, most certainly, has one of the worse opening chapters I’ve ever read in fiction. Tolkien goes into extreme depth about Hurin’s lineage with the microscopic lens that is appropriate only in The Sillmarillion. I was bombarded with names, so many names, that I was so confused. It seemed a very odd way to begin things considering Tolkien eventually pulls this story into a traditional narrative and loses this authoritative authorial tone he began the book with. Perhaps, again, this is because he never finished editing it. So I recommend pushing through those first few chapters because this does eventually begin to pull itself together. And it really begins with Turin, a young warrior cursed by Morgoth. The curse has come indirectly through his father’s lineage, from the man who once dared to oppose the original dark lord. He is haunted by black magic, his destiny shaped, leading to the tragic ending that befall the children of Hurin. Turin’s prideful nature sets it off somewhat so his destiny and own personality set him on the road to his marvellously grim ending, though Morgoth’s power is to blame: his revenge is realised. “The doom lies in yourself, not in your name.” “Then Morgoth stretching out his long arm towards Dor-lomin cursed Hurin and Morwen and their offspring, saying: 'Behold! The shadow of my thought shall lie upon them wherever they go, and my hate shall pursue them to the ends of the world.” The Children of Hurin lacks consistency. The tone changed and the writing was far too complex and loaded with history for it to be approachable; it was so unlike the mastery of tone in The Lord of the Rings. It lacked a certain sense of balance between storytelling and the insertion of history that makes the trilogy so grand. However, it is a vastly important work in the middle-earth cannon. On par with the brilliant Beren and Lúthien, Tolkien tells the tale of an equally as powerful, yet much more complex and conflicted (to say the least), romance. Not to be missed.

  • Ana
    2019-03-30 12:41

    This book puts the M in melodrama. This is a very dark novel, probably the darkest of Tolkien's novels. They should rewrite the synopsis.The Children of Húrin- for those who can't deal with the sunny optimism of Game of Thrones.Nothing more needs to be said. (I saw this on a meme once)The five stages of reading The Children of Húrin.1.2. 3. 4. 5. Not that I'm complaining. This is Tolkien's best work. Yeah, I said it. No, I'm not drunk.

  • Jake
    2019-03-27 13:33

    It has been said that all good things must come to an end. In this case, the end of Children of Hurin also marks the end of my quest to read a book by each of my five favorite authors. It seems like a fitting way to end this journey, in that Tolkien is the oldest of my favorites, and if there was ever a modern author suited to end-of-quest tales, it was Tolkien. He was also the author on my list that gave me the greatest concern—not only has he passed away, but his body of published work is relatively small. I didn’t want to re-read the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, not because I don’t love them, but because I wanted to be able to read something new, just as I had with the other authors. Having read the Silmarillion several months earlier, I was hard pressed to think of what else to read. Sure, I could have gone for Letters From Father Christmas, or Farmer Giles of Ham, but neither of those somehow felt right. Tolkien’s tales of Middle-Earth were what cemented him as one of my favorite writers, and I wanted to go back to Middle-Earth as part of this project.Fortunately, the publishing gods smiled upon me, and gave me Children of Hurin. This is another in a line of books composed by Tolkien’s estate, taken from various notes, fragments, and other unfinished writings and molded into a coherent whole. In that respect, for the record, it’s very well done. The text flows seamlessly from chapter to chapter, and I never once had the sense that I was reading something out of place or inauthentic. This feels like Tolkien’s writing, and if it isn’t exactly what he intended, I have to believe it’s pretty damn close.But what of the story itself?The story of Hurin and his offspring is told as part of the Silmarillion, but not in the detail that Tolkien intended. Tolkien believed that this story was one that could be told apart from the Silmarillion as a whole—that it was strong enough and vibrant enough to stand on it’s own. And he is absolutely correct.Children of Hurin is an epic. It’s also a tragedy. If you come into this book expecting glorious battles and happy endings, you will be sorely disappointed (though if you come to Tolkien expecting nothing but happiness and light, I submit you haven’t read Tolkien very often or carefully). This is not a tale of good triumphing over evil, but a tale of a family brought down by an epic curse. More Macbeth than Star Wars, in other words.The writing itself is epic—Children of Hurin reads a lot like Beowulf or the Iliad. Tolkien apparently originally tried to write the tale as an actual epic poem, but was never quite able to make it work. Still, his prose captures that same spirit, rhythm, and cadence. As a huge fan of epic and epic poem, I love it.Despite the epic prose and tragic scope, the characters of Children of Hurin are very well crafted, and ultimately, very human. Their actions, while not always rational, are often understandable, and while the tragedy has its origins in the supernatural (it is Morgoth who curses the line of Hurin), there is not a strong sense that the plot is forced simply by supernatural means. Instead, we get the sense that these are perhaps well meaning, but ultimately deeply flawed people, who suffer for their choices, and the choices of others. The final scene of the book, when Hurin is finally reunited with his dying wife, is absolutely heartbreaking.There’s also a wonderful scene, much earlier, which really stuck with me, and I need to mention it here just because it’s so wonderfully crafted. It occurs shortly after Hurin’s capture by Morgoth, when Morwen, his wife, is trying to figure out what to do with herself and her children. Turin, the son, says something to the effect of “I know my father is dead. He must be, because I know that his love for us is so strong that if he were alive, no chains could hold him, and no amount of enemies could keep him from returning to us.”And Morwen’s answer is “I do not think either of those things is true, my son.”It’s a wonderful, if completely heartbreaking moment, where a child-like view of heroism clashes completely with the harsh realities of the world. It strikes me as a very Tolkien-esque moment; in many ways much of Tolkien’s work deals with the interplay between heroics, and the personal cost or realities of those heroics. At least, that’s my initial thought. In any case, it’s an immensely powerful scene.The text of the book is aided by the wonderful illustrations done by Alan Lee, who has done a lot of Tolkien-related art in the past. His illustrations are interspersed in no particular order throughout the book, but each one of them is gorgeous, and really adds to the flavor of the text. It would have been neat to see some more of them.This is yet another Tolkien book I’ll be re-reading in the future. It’s a fine addition to the Middle Earth canon.

  • Lyn
    2019-03-21 14:34

    Gandolf, Poul Anderson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tom Bombadil and Ozzy Osbourne sit in the Green Dragon pub in Murfreesboro Tennessee and discuss Tolkien’s book The Children of Hurin.Gandolf: Yes, Tom thank you, I will have some more of this delightful mead, what did you call it?Tom: Melkor Mead, and here (offers a sample glass) try some of our Meriodoc Barleywine, we make them both here at Green Dragon.Ozzy: Tahh, whassott faugh toouken majjes?Tom: Thanks, Ozzy! I’ll let the kitchen know you like the soup. Poul how’re you doing with your beer, like another Shadowfax Shandy?Poul: I’m good for now, thanks Tom, so Ronald, it seems you’ve been published more after you passed than before…Tolkien: Oh, for goodness sakes, Poul, are you still jealous?Poul: Jealous? Me? Just because your prequel, trilogy and background works have outsold my life’s work many times over?Tolkien: Poul, Poul, you are a wonderful writer, I mean, I loved, loved! your book Two Hearts and Three Leopards …Poul: Three Hearts and Three Lions.Tolkien: Yes, whatever, but …Poul: I mean, Children of Hurin was not even a completed work, just thrown together by Christopher to make some coin.Ozzy: Aw wooght looos a con!Poul: Oh be quiet Prince of Darkness!Gandolf: Oh, I say, Poul, Children of Hurin is a fine work, magnificent work.Tom: Really more Silmarillion than Hobbit.Tolkien: True, this was actually one of my earliest conceptions, not just as a first age story from middle-earth but an early idea I had and came back to many times. Of course my experiences in the Great War would have a significant influence on how I formed the text.Poul: True, true, your world building is a great accomplishment. Turin’s tale is steeped in ancient myth and legend and you have, again, crafted a great work, I must admit.Tolkien: Well, thank you Paul …Poul: Poul.Tolkien: Poul, yes, whatever, but I mean, I WISH I could write a fantasy as good as yours.Poul: Do not patronize me, Ronald, OK so you’ve sold more books than me, fine!Ozzy: Feeegh moow, Rawoool!!Tom: You can say that again, Oz!Poul: Ok, ok, I give – Tom how about another craft beer.Tom: Yes sir, here you go try our Radagast Red Ale, you’ll love it, and make sure you all come in next Tuesday night, we’re having our Hobbits in Space night.(all stare at him)Tom: That was Lyn’s idea.Lyn: What?

  • James Trevino
    2019-03-28 11:35

    This book in one gif:I heard a lot of people say that Tolkien is the merry brother of George R.R. Martin. But anyone thinking that has clearly not read The Children of Hurin. To say that this story is tragic would be an understatement.This might be the saddest thing I’ve ever read. And I actually knew the story beforehand, because a shortened version of it is present in The Silmarillion.The book chronicles mostly the life of Turin, son of Hurin. The events take place after Morgoth, one of the Valar (creators of the world) and the greatest dark lord of all times (basically the Lucifer of Middle-Earth) defeats the armies of men and elves and puts Beleriand (a land west of Middle-Earth) under his dominion. Hurin is taken prisoner and upon him and all his kin Morgoth lays a curse.Turin, his son, grows to be a great warrior, but his life is an unhappy one. This is closer to a Nordic mythological saga or a Greek tragedy than it is to The Lord of the Rings. But that doesn’t make it any less of a great story! We get a lot of insight into the times before LOTR and how all of that came to be. And elves are much more present here. The book also has some truly stunning illustrations by Alan Lee, like the one below. Plus a lot of thoughts and input on the story and its evolution by Christoper, the son of J.R.R. Tolkien. And he did a very good job bringing this tale together from his father’s drafts.Now, I got a few people asking in what order they should read Tolkien’s work and the truth is it might be hard for some to comprehend what is going on in The Children of Hurin without reading The Silmarillion first.Basically, in my opinion, if you have read nothing by Tolkien, I would say the order should be:- The Silmarillion- The Children of Hurin- The Hobbit- The Lord of the RingsNow if you want to get deeper into Tolkien’s work, there is a lot of other material out there. But these are his main works. And while some might struggle with Silmarillion, I suggest you push forward. The Silmarillion is basically an epic history of Middle-earth. It’s like reading Greek myths. I found it extremely fascinating, but not everyone thinks so apparently. The Children of Hurin is much more akin to LOTR and The Hobbit in terms of how it is written. So it might be more accessible to someone unfamiliar with Tolkien in that way. But it has a big ass backstory behind it. And while Cristopher tries to explain some events at the beginning of the book, it might get confusing to be faced with so many names and events so fast. That is why I recommend starting with The Silmarillion.

  • Aldean
    2019-03-26 10:46

    As a general rule I try to write my reviews "in a vacuum" as much as possible, that is, before I read through the other reviews already here. I am not going to be able to do that here. I have spent more than twenty years with this story (since my mother first read the Unfinished Tales version aloud to me when I was eight years old), and if Christopher Tolkien had not put this volume together, I might have eventually had the hubris to do so myself. Let me start by making a couple of points. First: this is not a new book in any sense of the word, other than it is now standing on its own between two covers and without visible editorial apparatus for the first time. Second: Christopher Tolkien cannot be said to have written any portion of the narrative of this book, despite many reviewers intimations to the contrary. The bulk of this text appeared in Unfinished Tales, with significant gaps; Tolkien the son has filled in these gaps using the relevant sections from the (much more concise) version that was used in assembling The Silmarillion, as well as framing material at the beginning and end of the current volume, also from The Silmarillion. Christopher Tolkien has done little more here than the literary equivalent of very carefully stitching a few patches to mend the gaping holes in an otherwise noble and beautiful garment.On to the story itself, then. This is, as so many others have already noted with varying degrees of enthusiasm, a very dark tale. If you don't like very dark tales, well then, you will quite likely not like this. It is also in a prose style, as is the vast bulk of Tolkien's work, that is very susceptible to being called "stilted", because compared to contemporary prose, it is. But as at least one reviewer here has wisely noted the tone is in keeping with the tone of the Nordic sagas of which Tolkien was so fond of and inspired by. And like so many ancient sagas and myths, this tale is about an entire family haunted by a doom they cannot escape.Or is it? I think that Tolkien has done a wonderful job here of subverting the curse of Morgoth and the doom of Húrin and his kin with another motif: free will. Tolkien, who strenuously avoids almost any hint of allegory throughout his vast imaginative work, nevertheless imbued almost every corner of that world with reflections of his own deeply-held Catholic convictions and sensibilities. The core of the story is the tension between doom/fate on the one hand and free will on the other. Túrin makes decision after decision that invariably lead to tragic consequences. But does he do so because he is doomed to do so? Or because he is a man of haughty pride who stubbornly refuses to consider any viewpoint but his own, using his considerable gifts (natural charisma and rightfully-legendary physical/martial prowess) to charge willfully forward regardless of even foreseeable consequences to anyone and everyone around him? I believe that it is very much the latter, but without necessarily completely repudiating the former. The malice of such a being as Morgoth is a very real force in the tale of the Silmarils, and such malevolence bent upon a single family, and largely upon a single individual as Túrin rises to prominence, can be understood to have tangible effect on individuals and events. And even on a more mundane level, the incursions and aggressive actions of Morgoth's forces, both the marauding armies of Orcs and the Easterlings who occupy Túrin's childhood homeland, can be understood to push Túrin in a particular direction in his life that he might not have gone had circumstances in his life and in his world been otherwise. So there is some range to the senses in which Morgoth can be said to have cursed the children of Húrin.But Túrin has also grown up the proud child of a proud mother; effectively orphaned from the age of nine, he receives ostensibly every advantage, yet the pride instilled in him from the earliest age tragically unravels every opportunity he is presented with from his youthful fostering in the halls of Thingol onwards. It is his human choices, not the supernatural force of an evil will, that guide him on his tragic path, and this complex narrative thread is what makes this, to my mind, one of the greatest of all of Tolkien's tales.

  • Dahlia
    2019-03-23 16:45

    Instead of The Children or Húrin, this book should be entitled The story in which (view spoiler)[Everybody Dies (hide spoiler)] by J.R.R. Tolkien. Oh. My. God. And here I thought only Shakespeare wrote good Renaissance tragedies. Really. This story is so tragically sad I forget it was written by Tolkien.I won't write a summary for the story but I'll write down some things about it that might persuade you to read this amazing book:1. Elves and more Elves! If you like wise, brave elves who like to fight (a lot) and are good with a sword and a bow, read this! 2. Dragons! Evil, fire-breathing monsters that destroy everything in their path, kill half of the characters and torture the main character-check!3. Revenge! Always a good reason to ruin your life.4. Stubborn, flawed, cursed main (anti) hero! Who suffers a lot.5. Middle-Earth! A nice little walk across the Middle Earth west of the Blue Mountains.5. It's Tolkien, ok?! Do you need more reasons?Ok, ok. Here, maybe these nice pictures convince you to read this:sourcesource["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Lucia
    2019-03-30 08:34

    I can’t deny that Tolkien was master of his craft. However, this book missed the drive and compactness that his other books possessed and I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would. Was it because this book consists of small parts (scenes) of bigger picture put together after Tolkien’s death by someone else than master himself? Most probably. Either way, this is a must-read for all true fans of Middle-earth!

  • beggs
    2019-04-03 09:47

    The Children of Hurin is not a for people who saw the Lord of the Rings movies and then read the book. It's for hardcore fans. The people who remember all the names from the The Silmarillion. Or for the few people out there who reread Beowulf a lot. The Children of Hurin reads like a Nordic Saga.As a self proclaimed Tolkien Fanatic I enjoyed The Children or Hurin. The Heroic, epic and ultimately tragic life of Turin and his sisters. It's not more The Lord of the Rings but it continues to paint a more vivid tapestry for the Fellowships stories to play out against.There are a number or jarring transitions in the book. Evidence of the unfinished state Tolkien left the tale in. But this actually gives a more authentic feeling to the story. Like a recovered Saga or Epic that is missing a few passages. Hurin is high fantasy and if it were not set in the world of Tolkien's other stories it would be as unaccessible as the Kalevala. Even with it's grounding in the world of hobbits it is a book for the few not the many.

  • Daniel Ionson
    2019-03-31 09:23

    There's so much to say about Tolkien's mastery of language and myth. But what's important and powerful about CoH is that it stands (stylistically) somewhere in between Silmarillion and LotR. There are no anachronisms in Silmarillion, which are present in LotR (and the Hobbit, of course). CoH is blissfully free of them, but is also less "macro" than Sil. CoH treads on solid (Middle) earth, but is not quite as intimate as LotR (E.g., with Frodo & the other hobbits). This is such a grim tale and setting, with such anguish and personal horror. This reveals Tolkien's darker view of mythology and the suffering we often endure.

  • Riku Sayuj
    2019-03-21 08:43

    After watching Hobbit, I desperately wanted to get some Tolkien fare, and I was (strangely enough) not up to reading LOTR for a thirteenth time (though I plan to soon enough). So I turned to the Children of Hurin and boy, was it fun. Deriving from the Finnish national epic Kalevala and the tragic Kullervo, The Children of Hurin proves again what Tolkien can do with ancient legends and myths. I have to confess that I was looking for parallels with Beowulf through most of my readings and found many, only to be informed later about the Finnish origins of the tale. Goes to show my ignorance as well as how easy it is to mix these things up.Tolkien infuses such grandeur into every story, taking them to almost mythic proportions, it is always thrilling and we just want more and more. It would be a pity if it takes another splendid movie to bring this book too into public spotlight.

  • Stefan Yates
    2019-03-25 13:50

    The Children of Hurin provides some great historical material to Tolkien's world of Middle-Earth and adds even more richness to the Lord of the Rings. This addition to Tolkien's extensive historical background of Middle-earth fills in the gaps and fleshes out stories that have been mentioned and hinted at in other works by giving us a detailed and colorful look at the tragic story surrounding Túrin and Niënor (Hurin's children) and the ongoing battle against Morgoth, the master of the Lord of the Rings' evil character, Sauron.This is a well-told tale with engaging characters and plenty of action that keeps the reader interested throughout. While not as enthralling as the Lord of the RIngs Trilogy, or as entertaining and wonderful as The Hobbit, The Children of Hurin is a worthy addition to the Middle-Earth cannon and is a more complete novel than most other source material that is out there. It stands on it's own well and one does not need to have read any of the other histories to follow along with what is going on here.Overall, a solid work that I'd recommend to fans of Tolkien's works or epic fantasy in general.

  • Eryn☘
    2019-03-22 13:34

    My brother gave this to me... so now I feel obligated to read it. Hopefully it's better than The Hobbit.

  • Sandi
    2019-04-01 10:25

    This a much darker tale than Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit. Curses, deceit and never ending woe seem to make up this tome. This being a reread I found that I was having a much easier time of keeping the characters names straight. His world and history building really helped me understand the two more popular books which I already love. I'm just sorry I didn't reread The Silmarillion first as it has the history for this book. Call George R.R. Martin a world builder if you like but I'm pretty sure he borrowed a lot of pages from Tolkien.Not only do I see the influence of Norse Sagas I also feel there are a few influences from Shakespeare and foremost comes to mind Romeo and Juliet. Turin and Nienor may not have been star crossed lovers but they were star crossed none the less. Glarung is far more evil then his Kindred Smaug. To enslave an entire people shows the cunning of this most wicked dragon. The mention of Sauron was a nice foreshadowing.I think Christopher did a fine job of putting this together from all his Father's notes and writings. I will say that I don't recommend this for anyone but Tolkien fans.

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-04-20 08:50

    Another first-rate fantasy novel by Tolkien! Typical fantasy characters drawn from his races-elf, man, dwarf, orc. Disrespect, curses, doom, and war And a dragonIt has all of the elements necessary for a classic, but I just couldn't connect. I am prejudiced I suppose. Nothing is The Lord of the RingsBut if i take that out of the picture I must rate this story highly.After listening the second time I think my disconnect is with the Christopher Lee narration. His voice is so deep and he doesn't enunciate well. I've had to repeat segments several times. If we're sticking with LotR know who would have made this boss??? Cate Blanchett!!! I would love to listen to thatSummer Fantasy Fest read #22

  • Elizabetha
    2019-04-03 14:43

    Es un libro maravilloso, pero oscuro, el cual refleja un completo pesimismo con respecto a la condición humana. Esta características es sin duda, entre otras cosas, un reflejo de las vivencias de Tolkien durante la Primera Guerra Mundial.El hombre no es más que un ser aciago, soberbio, condenado a la destrucción, quien sólo trae y siembra desdicha. Nunca lo escuches ni sigas, está perdido... y aún así puede ser glorioso y memorable. Una duplicidad inquietante y dolorosa.5 estrellas: Magnífico.

  • Antonio
    2019-04-01 15:31

    Tengo pocas palabras que puedan describir este libro, solo diré que es la tragedia perfecta. Soy fanático de J. R. R. Tolkien así que tal vez mi juicio no es imparcial, incluso cuando encontré este libro mi primera reacción fue, “un libro de Tolkien que no he leído” Así pues para mí fue maravilloso, me hizo recordar cuándo por obligación tuve que leer la historia de Edipo Rey, y créanme cuando les digo que Tolkien no tiene nada que envidiarle a las tragedias griegas. Con un trabajo destacado de edición por Christopher Tolkien (a mi parecer menos denso que el Silmarillion), y unas ilustraciones complementarias muy logradas de Alan Lee, Los Hijos de Hurin es ese libro que me regreso a la tierra media en busca de aventuras en compañía de elfos, humanos y enanos, y que cuenta las desventuras de Turin hijo de Hurin el de los muchos nombres, que trata por todos los medios de huir de su terrible destino. Si bien la historia es extraordinaria, me dejo algo deprimido, por dos razones, primero la historia en sí misma es triste, y segundo, el hecho de que es el último libro de Tolkien que me interesaba leer. Si eres fanático de J. R. R. Tolkien y aun no lees este libro, ¿Qué esperas? Ve, corre a la tierra media en busca de aventuras y no mires atrás.

  • Wayne Barrett
    2019-04-12 13:40

    The Children of Hurin is a story of renowned heroics in the history of Tolkien's, Middle Earth, but its heroism is eclipsed by the heartbreak and tragedy of it all. Originally published as part of The Silmarillion, J. R. R.'s son, Christopher, has given us the retelling of this particular story in greater detail. And for those who still associate Tolkiens name with children-like stories involving hobbits and elves, just know that Tolkien was penning dragons, dismemberment, and incest well before the likes of Game of Thrones. Most book lovers have read the Hobbit, and because of the recent movie release, even non readers (the weak minded of our species) are familiar with the story. If you were awed by the fierce magnitude of Smaug, the Dragon, I will point out that Smaug was the offspring of Glaurung, who is probably the prominent villain in this tale.Raised and sent forth by Morgoth (the original master of Sauron) Glaurung encounters Turin, son of Hurin, and we have in detail one of the greater stories from the epic collection contained in The Silmarillion. As a stand alone book this would be a good story, though a little confusing without knowing the history referenced throughout the tale, but for a LOTR fan I would highly recommend The Children of Hurin.

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-04-06 16:33

    Don't ask me to name any of the many gods, demons, peoples, and monsters that populated Tolkien's history book of his own fantasy world making. It's confusing and a second read will be necessary, but what I enjoyed were the tales. Following the heroic legends is like listening to a fireside tale told by a grandfather or an intriguing talk by a professor prone to long-windedness. You know it's good stuff and you wish you could stay awake during the endless narrative/lecture, but the old man will drone on...

  • Jewel
    2019-04-03 10:23

    I could’ve read this book in one sitting if I had the luxury of time. Like everything I’ve read of Tolkien so far (The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings), I found it engrossing and hard to put down. But don’t expect to have an experience similar to that of reading LOTR. Just as The Hobbit should not be compared in merit with LOTR, so shouldn’t this one, for though they come from the same world (Middle Earth), they’re entirely of different species (much like Elves, Dwarves and Men).I knew even before I started Chapter One that this was not a book about hope. In LOTR, even in the bleakest moments in The Two Towers, there was hope for as long as Frodo lived. In this book however, the children of Hurin’s doom was ubiquitous and unrelenting. A sad, sad tale all throughout, but so much like a beautiful, melancholic song you like to torture yourself with just because it makes you feel fuzzy.I’ve read a few reviews of this book that found the narrative style lacking—dismissing it as too cold. The archaic-sounding prose might also be a problem for readers who are only used to modern fiction. The telling is indeed matter of fact and archaic, but I think since it makes the story read like folklore, it rightly serves its purpose. I kind of guessed at some of the events that would unfold in the tale, but not even that lessened my enjoyment of it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes tragedies and sad stories in general. You don’t have to have read the more popular works of Tolkien to appreciate this story in itself. Like I mentioned, the language (especially Tolkien’s made up one) could be a problem, but once you get used to the narrative style and all the weird-sounding names, you could end up really liking it.

  • Heather
    2019-04-09 08:48

    This book is only for the serious JRR Tolkien fan. If you've read the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion, and still want more, then you will probably be interested in this book. It is very different than the above books though. The Hobbit is a very easy read, written for a young audience. Lord of the Rings is a long tale, but keeps you drawn in til the end. The Silmarillion is incredibly complex, and difficult to read, yet fascinating because of all of the history of Middle Earth that it provides. The Children of Hurin is a story of a tragic hero, and it is written in a style that felt kind of detached and cold. Not that it couldn't be an interesting story, it's just written as if someone were telling a story that happened long ago, you never can immerse yourself in it, there are few details, and even the suspense is killed by the chapter headings (ie. "the death of Huron" is one of the titles of a chapter! I wonder what will happen in this chapter???) The characters in the book have nothing to do with the characters of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, but they might be mentioned in The Silmarillion (can't remember). If you are curious, just check this one out at the library, I don't think it would be one that you would re-read. Some of the plot elements near the end of the book would probably not be appropriate for a young reader, (similar to Oedepus if you know what I mean), but they are not graphically described, so they weren't offensive, just not something I'd want my kids to be reading.

  • Joseph
    2019-04-06 14:25

    Now I will sing the doom song.This is probably the grimmest tale of Middle-earth, filled with treachery and betrayal and evil glamours and shocking revelations and all other manner of doom and tragedy. If you read The Silmarillion, you know the gist of the story. (If you didn't read The Silmarillion I'm not sure why you're reading this book in the first place.) This volume presents the tale of Túrin Turambar in a longer, more complete narrative (although it's still relatively short by modern standards). Per the afterword by Christopher Tolkien, this isn't quite the same as the version he assembled for publication in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth -- partly because he added in bridging text that he'd excluded from the Unfinished Tales version (because it essentially duplicated passages already found in The Silmarillion) and partially because he's had an additional quarter century to further decipher and analyze his father's papers.Stylistically, this is probably a little closer to The Silmarillion than to Lord of the Rings -- it has the same kind of formal prose that at times almost echoes the cadences of the King James Bible.Probably recommended only for completists or super-fans, of which I am unabashedly one.

  • C.B. Cook
    2019-04-19 11:38

    Holy mackerel.To be honest, I've never been into depressing books or tragedies. They're interesting... but they always seem incomplete, like Romeo and Juliet. Let's be honest, this is a much-better version of Romeo and Juliet.I was really scared to start this, since I'd heard that it was pretty dark and depressing (view spoiler)[and that it involved incest (hide spoiler)], but I actually really enjoyed it. In my opinion, it wasn't so bad. The only reason this isn't a five-star book for me is that it wasn't the most uplifting book (obviously) and I didn't exactly enjoy a couple parts of it (view spoiler)[like the whole incest thing... (hide spoiler)]. Overall, it was good book, just not as awesome as LotR or The Hobbit. :D

  • Carter Krummrich
    2019-04-12 13:42

    The Children of Hurin is a beautiful book. I bought the hardcover collector's edition for a small fortune as books go ($75) and let me just say that Alan Lee's illustrations are exquisite. I read the book immediately and will say that it is a must for any lifelong Tolkein fans. Tolkein's works were a huge part of my childhood and my mom would read them to me before I could read. She had to stop reading them because I would ask too many questions so I read them myself when I was eight or nine.This story is one of Tokein's oldest. He started the tale of Turin Turambar in 1910 in the form of epic poetry (iambic pentameter if I remember correctly). The story appears in condensed form in The Silmarillion. Here, the narrative is fleshed out and edited by Christopher Tolkein because J.R.R never finished it. This is really strange to me because it is said that J.R.R. most identified with the tale's hero, Turin, out of any of his other characters.That being said, I wouldn't recommend this work to anyone except hardcore Tolkein fans. The narrative is mired tightly within Tolkein's obscure legends of Middle Earth. The narrative reads like a Greek tragedy. Turin is cursed from the start. Hurin, Turin's proud and valiant father, is captured by Morgoth, the enemy, after the loss of the War of Unnumbered Tears. Morgoth curses Hurin's children and keeps him alive to watch their misery from atop a mock throne for most of his life. Turin becomes a great warrior both proud and noble yet falls victim to the curse of Morgoth. He accomplishes many great deeds yet destroys or perverts everything close to him. He slays his best friend unawares, marries his sister having never known her, and causes the destruction of one of elf kind's greatest civilizations. These are just some of the many of the consequences of Morgoth's curse. One could argue that Turin's own pride brought these horrors upon his own head. I really enjoy Tolkein to this day because of these crisp complexities. You can choose to read the book on its most simple levels and be just fine. But if you choose to delve into its deeper themes, I promise you will be rewarded with gold (or mithril - if you're a true fan).

  • FrancoSantos
    2019-03-31 14:38

    Es un buen libro. Se me hizo muy pesado, eso es lo lamentable y por eso mismo van mis tres estrellas. No obstante, sin lugar a dudas es una obra magistral de Tolkien, donde demuestra que su imaginación y su maestría trasciende mucho más de sólo El Señor de los Anillos. Es una obra que tiene lugar en un clima de tragedia y trata sobre una maldición que persigue a un hombre, quien busca escapar de la misma que lo atormenta en cada uno de sus actos e inunda sus pensamientos acuciantemente . Es una buena novela, que se me hizo densa, pero si tengo que puntuar únicamente la trama, tendría una mayor cantidad de estrellas. El final me encantó. Una tragedia al estilo tolkieniano. Muy triste y llena de desesperación.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-25 14:33

    So, I decided to take the next step of Tolkien nerdom and read one of his non-Lord of the Rings books. At first I was emotionally detached from this story because, let's face it, Tolkien's never really been that great with character development. I was bored, and I thought I should probably quit. But I persevered. Good thing I did! The last half of the book picks up speed, and it turns into something reminiscent of a Greek tragedy - which is something I did not expect. It shocked me, disturbed me, and completely captured my imagination. Well worth the effort.

  • Santiago
    2019-03-31 16:49

    Leer a Tolkien tantos años después de haber leído el Señor de los Anillos es una sensación extraña. Este autor siempre nos lleva a tierra mágicas, donde siempre los héroes eran los personajes más pequeños y menos esperados. Cuando leí el Silmarilion vi que no siempre era así, que algunas veces Tolkien empezaba a escribir historias de grandes gestas heroicas y de grandes batallas (el Señor de los Anillos y el Hobbit también las tienen, pero los grandes héroes de estas historias no son los guerreros).Al sentarme a leer los Hijos de Húrin me levé la sorpresa de que no era una historia nueva y totalmente desconectada, como yo pensaba, sino que era una reescritura de una de las lineas argumentales del Silmarilion (una versión extendida para hablar en lenguaje cinematográfico). Esto fue algo que me sorprendió, pero que no hizo más que interesarme por la lectura de esta "nueva historia" en Arda.La historia de los hijos de Húrin empieza en la época que su padre está siendo torturado por Morgoth. Turin, empieza a vivir como proscrito y tenemos una historia al mejor estilo Robin Hood, en la que el personaje principal empieza a esquivar tropas enemigas y vive prófugo. Es aquí donde conoce al enano Mim, Mim busca ayudarlos, pero como todos sabemos las relaciones entre los enanos y los elfos no son muy buenas esta ayuda termina dando más problemas de los que ya tenían.Sin intensión de hacer spoilers, esta historia no solo es interesante sino que es completamente épica (contando con una lucha final impresionante). De todas formas el libro pega muchos saltos temporales y por momentos la velocidad de la narración es tal que cuesta llevarle el ritmo. Como todos los libros de Tolkien este nos muestra un mundo increíble, pero en el fondo se me hace que le falta algo. Es un buen libro para fans, pero si están empezando a leer a Tolkien les recomiendo empezar por otro lado.

  • Giota (the reader)
    2019-04-17 10:29

    After many years that I have been absent from Middle-Earth, I was finally able to get my hands on this book!!! First, let me tell you that I am a huge Tolkienite, and The Silmarillion is one of my favorite books ever. The thing is, it's been like 9 years since I last read it and naturally many details have slipped my otherwise sharp mind! What does that have to do with The Children of Hurin, you ask? Well, if you haven't read The Silmarillion, it is near impossible to follow the story of this book!!! That's why it took me 10 whole days to finish it!!! After the first few pages I had to get The Silmarillion off the shelf and use it as a guideline and remembrance. As far as the story of The Children of Hurin is concerned, it is mainly the melancholic journey of Hurin's son, Turin, who struggled all his life to be just and find happiness, only to discover that the curse laid on him and his sister Nienor would always cast a shadow on him, leading only to loss and destruction, whether it is about friends or foes. The best part of this book was the ending, which was beyond sad!!! Turin and his sister Nienor never met, since she was born after Turin left to go live with the elves. When their roads finally cross, the things that occur between them are....bittersweet...though only sadness remains in the end. You really have to read it for yourself in order to grasp the meaning of my words!All in all, it was a book worth reading, as all Tolkien books are, if you ask me! You really invest in the characters, and all the twists and turns will leave you....numb....4 Stars!!!

  • TheSkepticalReader
    2019-04-07 12:37

    I knew this story was heavily drawn from The Kalevala but I didn’t know the extent of that influence. Having read both The Kalevala and Tolkien’s own translation of The Story of Kullervo, I much prefer The Children of Húrin. I think the more I read this story, the more I seem to grow attached to it.

  • Joe
    2019-04-01 13:36

    The Children of Hurin will make you cry--it made me cry, and that's saying something. I cry rarely, and only when something is as touching as the movie "Cool Runnings". If you love the Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit but have not been able to muster the patience and dedication it takes to read the Silmarillion, this book will inspire you to delve deeper into the ancient, tragic and glorious history of middle earth.The story is one of Tolkien's "Great Tales" and the text was compiled from previous unfinished manuscripts by J.R.R.'s dedicated and brilliant son Cristopher. Anyone who's read the Silmarillion will know the story, but not in as much detail as it is told here. The dialogue and descriptions aren't as dense as LOTR but the account is definitely way more detailed than that of the Silmarillion.If you're afraid of being lost by not knowing the back story, a simple reading of the preface will help. I think every Tolkien fan from the rookie to the most hardcore should read this!