The Children Of Hurin by JRR Tolkien

Rating 6.5/10
A worthwhile read for die-hard Tolkien fans.

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.

Then Turin, being yet bemused by the eyes of the dragon, as if he were treating with a foe that could know pity, believed the words of Glaurung, and turning away he sped over the bridge. But as he went, Glaurung spoke behind him, saying in a fell voice: 'Haste you now, son of Hurin, to Dorlomin! Or perhaps the Orcs shall come before you, once again. And if you tarry for Finduilas, then never shall you see Morwen or Nienor again; and they will curse you.'
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.

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from England


I had been wanting to read this book since a while and when I saw a library had it, I was extremely happy. I was so excited while readingI had to close the book for a few seconds every now and then to just calm the sheer joy I was having reading and get into the more serious mood of the book. As you can tell, I was already a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fan before, so I can't tell you if you will like it if you have never read Tolkien before. However, I think you might truly like it anyway, since it stand on its own and is not obviously linked with LotR and tH : it is set in the first age in Beleriand, a suken part of Middle-Earth by the third age when those two others books take place. I was a mild fan of Tolkien before, but this book really made me appreciate and understand his work better. I had already tried to read the Silmarillion twice but reading Children of Hurin made me went to try again, I think it might a really good gateway to the Silmarilliom, as it is between this book and the Lord of the Rings in term of writting style. P.S: I was going to give it a 8 or 9 but because of Ollie, I am giving this a 10 to raise the rating, because this is not a 6 ! I reccomend it.

from Canada


I just read this book cover to cover in less than 24 hours-I simply could not put it down! This is Tolkien as you've never read him before- this poignant, vivid glimpse into the tragic first age of Middle Earth contextualized The Lord of the Rings in a way I had never imagined. You understand why the elves have such an unshakable hatred and distrust of the enemy-in the spring of their years they were ever beset by evil and suffered unimaginable loss at the hands of Morgoth. Moreover, with CofH one gets the sense that they are reading authentic middle English literature about a real world and ages long past-so authentic is Tolkien's prose. CofH also demonstrates just how central language and names were to Tolkien's writing. Overall this book has deepened my understanding and love for Middle Earth more than I had even hoped! Brilliant <3

from Middle Earth


Totally agree with you Fea. I also can't wait till Ollie's son's books come out because he must be one of the world’s best writers if he can write better than Tolkien wrote this book.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

from Nottingham


Horrible... I would give it 0 if I could. My 7 year old brother can write better stories than this...

8.1/10 from 11 reviews

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