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This Book Is An Unexpected Gift To All Who Love Middle Earth,
This review is from: The Children of Hurin (Hardcover)
The Children of Hurin is so good in some places it gave me a chill reading about these monumental events previously all but lost in the shadowy time before The Lord of the Rings. As were others, I'm certain, I was unavoidably reminded of The Silmarillion (a much maligned book in itself) but here in The Children of Hurin there was an ease that the other tale of Middle Earth's earlier history did not have. The Children of Hurin is still a ponderous, sometimes heavy, recounting of events as imagined by one of the great storytellers of human history, JRR Tolkien, but this editing and completion in the hands of Christopher Tolkien has made The Children of Hurin the accessible instant classic that it is. The epic and ultimately tragic story of the noble hero Turin, son of Hurin, proud warrior from the age of Morgoth---terrible Sauron's one-time master let us not forget---is at least on a par with anything Tolkien imagined for The Lord of the Rings, and should be gratefully welcomed by anyone who has ever been swept up in the magic of Middle Earth. I'd also like to note that once again in Nienor, the other "child of Hurin" a strong female character comes in at the narrative's end, just as with The Return of the King, to greatly impact the outcome of the tale itself, and personally, for good or ill, I was glad that Nienor played the role she did in a tale otherwise centered on the men in Tolkien's world. (Not complaining about the fact men dominate the story, just saying I was impressed that Nienor was used as she was.) I found the archaic prose appropriate and somehow authentic to the tale. I wouldn't have it any other way, even if it did slow the pace of reading down from time to time. The Children of Hurin is in my opinion as good as could be wished, and is exactly the story it is advertised to be. It is delightful, moving, sad, soul-stirring, and it re-awakens the light of imagination as few books do. It deservedly belongs alongside all the other books of Middle Earth.