Narn I Chin Hurin

Narn I Chin Hurin

The Tale of the Children of Hurin

Large Print - 2007
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The large print edition of the epic tale of The Children of H#65533;rin will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves, dragons, Dwarves and Orcs, and the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien. Includes a colour frontispiece, fold-out map and full-colour plate section of all of Alan Lee's paintings.

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.

In that remote time Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the tragedy of T#65533;rin and his sister Nienor unfolded within the shadow of the fear of Angband and the war waged by Morgoth against the lands and secret cities of the Elves.

Their brief and passionate lives were dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bore them as the children of H#65533;rin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them he sent his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire. Into this story of brutal conquest and flight, of forest hiding-places and pursuit, of resistance with lessening hope, the Dark Lord and the Dragon enter in direly articulate form. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulated the fates of T#65533;rin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth was fulfilled.

The earliest versions of this story by J.R.R. Tolkien go back to the end of the First World War and the years that followed; but long afterwards, when The Lord of the Rings was finished, he wrote it anew and greatly enlarged it in complexities of motive and character: it became the dominant story in his later work on Middle-earth. But he could not bring it to a final and finished form. In this book Christopher Tolkien has constructed, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention.

Publisher: London, Eng. : HarperCollins, c2007.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780008108328
9780007252250
0007252251
Characteristics: 313 p., [8] leaves of plates :,ill. (some col.), map ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lee, Alan
Tolkien, Christopher

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blairl
Feb 17, 2017

Tolkien's work is a Tragic Epic that had me hooked. Some of the names became a little confusing due to their similarity and the style of prose is definitely different, but I really enjoyed the book overall. The map at the back was helpful for getting into the lay of the land and understanding some of the treks the characters made.

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acej
May 18, 2013

As a whole the story is quite epic in it's Tolkien style, and it is great to get more than just a note-ish glimpse into the tale from the First Age and of the peoples of Beleriand. The Silmarillion offers quite a look into it as well, but I felt more in tune while reading this and I believe Christopher Tolkien did well in bringing the story to it's presentation. The tale is definitely wrought in sadness and I felt pain for Hurin and what became of his family. Sad tale indeed. Was a bit thrown off with the Turin and Niniel relationship, and felt relieved at the eventual unraveling of that awkward situation. Arthurian reminder. Overall, if you're a Tolkien nut as am I and can't get enough of the tales, then have a go and journey into the Eldar Days.

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drok77
Apr 08, 2013

I somehow missed that this book was being published and found out the day it ran out of stock at every bookstore in Seattle! I had to wait a couple days for B&N to get it in, then finished it in two days. Tolkien's epic fantasy style is like liquid chocolate, rich and full with a pleasant aftertaste!
If you loved the Silmarillion, you will love this book. If you thought the Silmarillion was too long with too many names, this might be more tolerable for you because it chronicles a very short time frame in Middle Earth.

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NealWSyrette
Feb 25, 2013

An epic and yet saddening tale from the days of Middle-earth yore. Chilling, words cold and bleak from the dark wrought into the light; great were the trails and trials of the shadow on the children of Hurin. From henceforth, be ye fore-warned! This book is an enjoyable read for seasoned Tolkien readers, but could be a bit difficult for the fledgling traveller of Tolkien's world to navigate. The text itself remains true to Tolkien's style of narrative and language, which at first read to a novice could be daunting to the exploration of his realms; the first steps down a path discouraged by more than just the fear of dragons and magic.

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nadiakr85
Jun 24, 2010

Wonderful Book!! To whoever who loves Tolkien's style of fiction...It's written in the rather complicates English style of J.R.R Tolkien, but still VERY enjoyable..Highly recommended for fantasy-lovers...

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 06, 2010

This book is very good! As usual, Tolkien's story-telling creates a crafty and chilling tale with great twists and turns, dragons and magic. My favorite story (besides Lord of the Rings) by Tolkien. A must-read for Tolkien fans!

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mexicanadiense
Jan 30, 2010

A gorgeous volume with illustrations, colour plates and even a fold out map enhance the experience but overall this book lacks the coherency and scope of Tolkien's more polished works. Recommendable for fans, the casual reader possibly won't derive much from it.

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Benzyne
Dec 17, 2009

Great book. I love the style, the prose being a mix between that of LotR and the Silmarillion. And of course, Alan Lee is a great artist.

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REL
Dec 03, 2009

A really wonderful book. A great way to spend some reading time on.

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blairl
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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 19, 2010

Teyfor8Wyoma thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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