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

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7 Critic Reviews

Húrin is so awkward and immature a piece of writing that you ultimately feel a pang of compassion — not for Túrin, who proves to be an impetuous jerk, but for Tolkien himself. This is hardly the return of a king.
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The Children of Húrin 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, Túrin, son of Húrin, 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 Húrin includes eight color paintings by Alan Lee and a black-and-white map.
 

About J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
 
Published February 15, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 322 pages
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Critic reviews for The Children of Hurin
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Begun in 1918, revised several times, never published (though a capsule version of its narrative appears as a chapter in the posthumously published volume The Silmarillion), this appealing yarn is very nearly vintage Tolkien.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Kelly Grovier on Apr 29 2008

Is this the text that Tolkien himself would have produced had he lived? Who can say? What is certain is that The Children of Hurin is a worthy addition to one of the most cherished mythologies in English literature.

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Reviewed by Trevor Clark on Sep 16 2009

I found this novel highly enjoyable and easy to read; consuming it proved to be a cool splash back into the pools of fantasy fiction that I reveled in as a child.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard on Apr 17 2008

THE CHILDREN OF HURIN draws from a deeper well than most fantasy fiction and will move you on multiple levels...a wholly beautiful work that only deepens further the legend and legacy of Middle Earth.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Jeff Giles on Apr 22 2008

Húrin is so awkward and immature a piece of writing that you ultimately feel a pang of compassion — not for Túrin, who proves to be an impetuous jerk, but for Tolkien himself. This is hardly the return of a king.

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USA Today

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Reviewed by Deirdre Donahue on Apr 18 2008

It's a well-told, dramatic tale that involves a king and a curse upon his son and daughter. There is a terrible wingless dragon, Orcs, weak men, the relentless battle between good and evil...

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PopMatters

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Reviewed by Tish Wells on Apr 18 2008

Most important, Tolkien explains why, after decades, he’s produced a new, longer version different from what has been previously published...In the end, though, he’s managed to write a book that even casual readers of Middle Earth can enjoy.

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