I own UNFINISHED TALES, and have read the story 'Narn I Hin Hurin'. So, what I want to know is, is this the same story as that. And if it is, where should I start reading to pick up where the 'Unfinished Tale' was left off?
I had already read both "The Silmarillion" and "Unfinished Tales" when I bought this book, and I felt like I had wasted my money. There's very little that's new in "The Children of Hurin", certainly not enough to justify the $20 price: it's basically a combination of the "Silmarillion"/"Unfinished Tales" versions.
Amanda--you make me angry, but I won't say anything.
Yes, this is roughly the same story as it is between The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. There is new material and stuff--I can't say how much since The Silmarillion was too hard of a read for me to tackle until just after this book came out, and I skipped this chapter. If you're not sure that it's worth your money, rent it at the library (you may have to wait for several holds to go through, though).
Yes, there is some new material and information that was not published -- some parts are more detailed, and there are some additional scenes and dialogues as well. There is not a ton that is new, though, and the actual story itself is not changed. I can't tell you whether there are enough new details to interest you personally, though. Checking it out from the library is a good idea if you aren't sure.