18 May 2012

The Children of Hurin; J.R.R. Tolkien


The Children of HurinThe Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Back in the 70s I devoured The Hobbit and Lord of the Ring; I've also read The Silmarillion and a couple of other books about Middle Earth, so when this was released I had to buy it.  I'm glad I did, but it's not as readable as the first two.

It took quite a bit of time to get into the story because of the genealogy and wars and virtually no plot (almost like starting the Bible with the "begats") but after a while the story settles down into something more readable.  Turin is the son of Hurin and is somewhat cursed.  He's proud and quick to anger, neither of which help him.  He's exiled/fostered in Doriath, leaves to join some outlaws, kills friends and foes, becomes a renowned warrior, changes names to hide his heritage and his past deeds, and finally slays the dragon.  He also marries his sister (neither knows who the other are, as she was born after his leaving home and both have taken different names), which doesn't end well.

If you're a really Middle Earth fan, read this book.  But if you're looking for a read akin to Tolkien's better known (and filmed) books, give it a pass.

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