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Review: The Children of Húrin

The Children of Hurin - Maria Konopnicka

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien


When I started reading, it seemed somewhat familiar. After a few chapters I found out why. I already knew the story! There is a reduced version of it in 'The Silmarillion'.

Well .. I just love Tolkien's stories ! I love the romantic view of them, either in the battles of Morgoth and his creatures against the Elves and Men, in times of grief when someone dies or a
moment shared between lovers. For me, his stories are simply magical.

For you to understand 'The Children of Hurin' you'll need to read "The Silmarillion" and "The Unfinished Tales", as the story goes long before 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' and you'll probably get a little lost.

The book tells the story of two siblings who are separated even before they met and, ironically, end up meeting without knowing. As Turin is the oldest, the plot focuses more on him in the beginning. And it all ends in a great tragedy.

One point that stands out in this story is that, although there is a mention of a curse upon the children of Húrin, some of the misfortunes of Túrin WOULD HAVE been avoided if he had been less stubborn! What is somewhat ironic ...

In short, it's a tragic romance, full of drama. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful
and sad tales of Tolkien.

AH! And lets not forget the BEAUTIFUL illustrations by Alan Lee adorning this edition!