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The best thing any Lord of the Rings fanatic can ask for — save having Tolkien himself appear beside you with a giant bag of pipe-weed and a quest to retrieve a dragon's treasure — The Children of Hurin is a love letter to fantasy fans. A must-have for any completist, Hurin is a thrilling adventure that stands perfectly well on its own, in the finest Tolkien tradition.
Recommended by Hank, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The Children of Hurin is the first complete book by J. R. R. Tolkien since the 1977 publication of The Silmarillion.

Six thousand years before the One Ring is destroyed, Middle-earth lies under the shadow of the Dark Lord Morgoth. The greatest warriors among elves and men have perished, and all is in darkness and despair. But a deadly new leader rises, Turin, son of Hurin, and with his grim band of outlaws begins to turn the tide in the war for Middle-earth — awaiting the day he confronts his destiny and the deadly curse laid upon him.

The paperback edition of The Children of Hurin includes eight color paintings by Alan Lee and a black-and-white map.

Review:

"If anyone still labors under the delusion that J.R.R. Tolkien was a writer of twee fantasies for children, this novel should set them straight. A bleak, darkly beautiful tale played out against the background of the First Age of Tolkien's Middle Earth, 'The Children of Hurin' possesses the mythic resonance and grim sense of inexorable fate found in Greek tragedy.

According to Christopher... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"The Children of Hurin is the book for which [Tolkien fans] have been longing....By meticulously combining and editing the many published and unpublished versions of the tale, [Christopher Tolkien] has produced at last a coherent, vivid and readable narrative." The Associated Press

Review:

"For those who already love Middle-earth, The Children of Húrin will be a chance to return there. For others, it may be an opportunity to question some deeply rooted assumptions and to learn that literature that rejects the canons of modernism and realism can nevertheless have great emotional power." Providence Journal

Review:

"[A] superb addition to the Tolkien cannon....Stunning in its scope, writing and story-telling, it's vintage Tolkien." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"This is a delightful though slight addition to Tolkien's work for several reasons. Hurin is like an appetizer, a tasty tapas to get new readers ready for the heavy-duty feasting provided by far more elaborate and lengthy books such as The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy." USA Today

Review:

"[A]n intense and very grown-up manner saves [The Children of Hurin] from the failings of [Tolkien's] other works. The prose is still more gesture than depth, but there is a real feeling of high seriousness....This is Tolkien in Wagnerian mode." The Sunday Times (U.K.)

Synopsis:

Presented for the first time as a complete, standalone story, this stirring narrative will appeal to casual fans and expert readers alike, returning them to the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.

Synopsis:

The first complete book by Tolkien in three decades, this book, edited by Tolkien's son Christopher, reunites fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves. This paperback edition includes eight color paintings by Alan Lee and a black-and-white map.

About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

Christopher Tolkien, who formerly taught at Oxford University, is J.R.R. Tolkien's son and literary executor. The editor of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales as well as the 12-part series The History of Middle-earth, he lives in France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547086057
Author:
Tolkien, J. R. R.
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Illustrator:
Lee, Alan
Editor:
Tolkien, Christopher
Author:
Tolkien, J.R.R.
Author:
Tolkien, Christopher
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Middle earth (Imaginary place)
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
October 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Eight pages in full color and a black-an
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.14x5.50x.82 in. .75 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780547086057 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The best thing any Lord of the Rings fanatic can ask for — save having Tolkien himself appear beside you with a giant bag of pipe-weed and a quest to retrieve a dragon's treasure — The Children of Hurin is a love letter to fantasy fans. A must-have for any completist, Hurin is a thrilling adventure that stands perfectly well on its own, in the finest Tolkien tradition.

"Review" by , "The Children of Hurin is the book for which [Tolkien fans] have been longing....By meticulously combining and editing the many published and unpublished versions of the tale, [Christopher Tolkien] has produced at last a coherent, vivid and readable narrative." The Associated Press
"Review" by , "For those who already love Middle-earth, The Children of Húrin will be a chance to return there. For others, it may be an opportunity to question some deeply rooted assumptions and to learn that literature that rejects the canons of modernism and realism can nevertheless have great emotional power."
"Review" by , "[A] superb addition to the Tolkien cannon....Stunning in its scope, writing and story-telling, it's vintage Tolkien."
"Review" by , "This is a delightful though slight addition to Tolkien's work for several reasons. Hurin is like an appetizer, a tasty tapas to get new readers ready for the heavy-duty feasting provided by far more elaborate and lengthy books such as The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy."
"Review" by , "[A]n intense and very grown-up manner saves [The Children of Hurin] from the failings of [Tolkien's] other works. The prose is still more gesture than depth, but there is a real feeling of high seriousness....This is Tolkien in Wagnerian mode."
"Synopsis" by , Presented for the first time as a complete, standalone story, this stirring narrative will appeal to casual fans and expert readers alike, returning them to the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.
"Synopsis" by , The first complete book by Tolkien in three decades, this book, edited by Tolkien's son Christopher, reunites fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves. This paperback edition includes eight color paintings by Alan Lee and a black-and-white map.
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