The Children Of Hurin by JRR Tolkien
Review by Floresiensis
The Children of Hurin is the bringing together of many of JRR Tolkien's unfinished works by his son Christopher Tolkien.
There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before the Lord of the Rings, and the story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.
Unfortunately The Children of Hurin does not give us much of what we have no already had. The Silmarillion was excellent, in its own dry way, of providing Tolkien fans with the pre-history that they so badly wanted.
However, what The Children of Hurin does do is expand upon stories only lightly touched upon in The Silmarillion. The Fall of Nargothrand is arguably the highlight of the book.
The Children of Hurin: The Fall Of Nargothrand
This publication has received much criticism with some saying that it is purely cashing in on the Tolkien "brand". I feel this is a bit harsh and that the book does serve a purpose and it is evident that a lot of care and dedication went into the editing of this work.
I would still recommend that one wishing to understand the pre-history of Tolkien's world would be better served by reading The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales but there are definitely a few chapters within The Children of Hurin which make reading it a worthwhile venture for die-hard fans and newcomers alike.
Hurin from Middle-earth
This is my favourite out of all the other Tolkien books I've read. I felt sad at the end, it was that well written also you get to see a little into the First Age. I think it is a masterpiece, the story is amazing.
pippin from shire
are you kidding me ollie! i cried at the end of this from how strong the end is. why make tolkien lovers mad by giving one of his books a bad review? i thouht lord of the rings is a little better, but this book is still wonderful!
Fea from Kuuliakis
Then, Ollie from Nottingham, I look forward to reading your son's novels - he'll be one of the greatest writers the world has ever seen!
Mimi from Manila
For JRRT die-hard fans. People who aren't into Middle-Earth so much would not appreciate the beauty of the story as much as a die-hard would. Anyways, it's a masterpiece just the same. Tolkien never gave us less.
Antonio from Itality
An orotund, serious, grim tale which discourages fans but awakens those most puritanical. Above all this, The Children of Húrin is a book of conspicuous magnitude and scholarliness.
Omarion from Dublin
This book is a masterpiece, and a seven-year can not even be close to be writing one of these very good Tolkien fantasies, the ending is somewhat sad and the beginning is somewhat boring but the book over all is very good for people that understand it.
Ollie from Nottingham
Horrible... I would give it 0 if I could. My 7 year old brother can write better stories than this...
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