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Tolkien's - The Children of Hurin - £3.81
Tolkien's - The Children of Hurin - £3.81

Tolkien's - The Children of Hurin - £3.81

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Painstakingly restored from Tolkien's manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of The Children of Hurin will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, eagles and Orcs, and the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien. It is a legendary time long before The Lord of the Rings, and Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwells in the vast fortress of Angband in the North; and within the shadow of the fear of Angband, and the war waged by Morgoth against the Elves, the fates of Turin and his sister NiA"nor will be tragically entwined. Their brief and passionate lives are dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bears them as the children of Hurin, the man who dared to defy him to his face. Against them Morgoth sends his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire, in an attempt to fulfil the curse of Morgoth, and destroy the children of Hurin. Begun by J.R.R. Tolkien at the end of the First World War, The Children of Hurin 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.

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Picked this up in Asdas usual 2 for £7 on paperbacks when it was released, but still a very good price.

Found it quite heavy going, but anyone who loves the books as well as the films could do a lot worse than this - and also try to find The Silmarillion. They both go a long way to filling in the back story of the books set later on.

Umm... good find
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sound good

Voted cold. You can just get it from your local library like I did for free! I'm an avid reader, but after 100 pages I gave up, far too many complex names and places which I just couldn't relate to (I reckon there must be at least 10-20 new names a chapter).

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you've read the Silmarillion why would you need this. The tales of Hurin are already in there...

chrisjhill;2465373

Voted cold. You can just get it from your local library like I did for … Voted cold. You can just get it from your local library like I did for free! I'm an avid reader, but after 100 pages I gave up, far too many complex names and places which I just couldn't relate to (I reckon there must be at least 10-20 new names a chapter).


Libraries aren't everywhere, new books aren't easy to get hold of, and you can't keep them to read again and again. Stupid moronic reason to vote cold.

What about things like batteries, do you vote them cold if they're not rechargeable? Do you do the same with games and DVDs, because you can rent them out for cheaper?

This book is also £3.86 in Tesco, or 2 for £7.

Voted hot for me -i live miles away from shops and towns , so save petrol and have it posted !
Great price and bought a copy -thanks

Something I pilferred from MAC at Amazon.

"A fan once wrote to Tolkien, saying that he only read THE LORD OF THE RINGS during the Lent season, because the novel is so hard and bitter. For those unfamiliar with the storyline of THE CHILDREN OF HURIN, many will be surprised at how dark the "new novel" actually is. CoH is much bitterer than its famous predecessor.

The literary world was shocked at the announcement a new Tolkien novel was being published. After all, Tolkien died 34 years prior to CoH's publication date. Reactions varied from trepidation and fear, to charges that the Estate is trying to milk the pubic for more money, to sheer excitement that, beyond all odds, we're getting new Tolkien. Hollywood is eying it greedily, though the Estate is not interested in selling the film rights any time soon.

Depending on where you stand in Tolkien fandom will largely define your reactions to the story.

First, some quick facts:

*CoH can be read independently of Tolkien's other works, thanks to C. Tolkien's excellent introduction, which explains the context in which the novel occurs in Tolkien's universe. Though an overall knowledge of Tolkien's legendarium is helpful, due to the story's strength it's not required.
*CoH is much darker than the Hobbit Cycle and is tragic on a Shakespearin level. Even Shakespeare's characters have a better fate than the Children of Hurin.
*CoH's principal plot focuses on the dark lord Morgoth's curse on Turin and Neinor, the Children of Hurin, for Hurin's defiance against Morgoth. Morgoth is Tolkien's equivalent of Satan, who Sauron is a mere servant too.
*CoH is easier to read than THE SILMARILLION, though CoH still employs in places the archaic style found in that book. Stylistically CoH bears similarities to both LOTR and THE SILMARILLION, mingling the archaic style of the later with the more conventional novelistic approach of the former.
*Although the novel has been "reconstructed" by Christopher Tolkien, unlike certain elements of the published SILMARILLION, there has been no editorial interpolation or invention. Other than minor grammatical errors and some brief transitional passages, the text is entirely as Tolkien conceived it.
*Approx 25% of the text has never been published before. The remaining 75% has been published in THE SILMARILLION and UNFINISHED TALES, though Christopher Tolkien notes there are several changes to the text that do not appear in UNFINISHED TALES
*Though widely publicized Tolkien began this in 1918, almost all text used was written AFTER LOTR was composed
*There is a swift narrative urgency. While THE SILMARILLION stands as a broad overview of Tolkien's mythology with hundreds of characters vying for the readers' attention, CoH focuses on a well-defined cast of main characters.


There are three primary readerships that will be approaching THE CHILDREN OF HURIN. Depending on what group you belong to will largely define your reaction to the work.

The first group is that portion of Tolkien's fanbase who has read the Hobbit Cycle, and most if not all the posthumous publications regarding his legendarium (THE SILMARILLION, UNFINISHED TALES, and the HISTORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH series). These are the hardcore Tolkien fans.

This group will overall be quite pleased with the work. Due to the largely unfinished nature of Tolkien's legendarium, it's nice to read a completed version of one of the First Age's central legends. Most of the text will be known to them, as it has already appeared in UNFINISHED TALES and THE SILMARILLION. There are several stretches that have not been published before, or the material is handled differently than in previous publications. The story is already well known to this group, and there are no plot surprises. I will say, however, even though I knew how the story ended, when I finished reading CoH, I was moved by the sheer pathos of the tragedy, moreso than when I read the other, compressed versions.

The second group have largely read only the Hobbit Cycle, and found the posthumous books dry, difficult reading.. It is for this group, and the third group, that C. Tolkien primarily did this project for. Due to the arid, remote style of THE SILMARILLION, and the diffuse, contradictory, and unfinished nature of most of HoME, as well as the heavy editorial content, much of Tolkien's mythology remains unknown to the casual reader. CoH's aim was to make the First Age legends more accessible to the general reader. For those of this group unfamiliar with the story, many will be surprised its darkness. There will be readers who find Turin's tragedy off-putting, but other readers will be very moved.

The third group knows Tolkien primarily through the Peter Jackson films. This group will probably have the most far ranging variety of reactions of the three main groups, from sheer delight at the story to utter bewilderment. Those looking for another Hobbit type story will be invariably disappointed. This group will probably be the most surprised at the darkness of the story.

Overall, CoH is a fine novel, and a perfect bridging link between his most famous work (LOTR) and, as Tom Shippey says, the work of his heart (the Silmarillion). I also feel that CoH, in terms of style, is, to put it in vulgar terms, Silmarillion light and LOTR heavy, and serves as a primer for what to expect within the Silmarillion. While CoH certainly shares several main hallmarks of the Silmarillion style, especially the beginning chapters, the book reads quite well, and bridges the remote style and wide focus of the Silmarillion with the more conventional novel approach of the Hobbit cycle. CoH also has the benefit of being a product of long study of the manuscripts to produce the most accurate version to Tolkien's intentions, something that cannot, unfortunately, be said of the 1977 SILMARILLION.

Will CoH become a major addition to the fantasy canon of literature? Only time will tell. But if I was a betting man, I think time will be very gracious to this last novel from the father of modern fantasy. "

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chrisjhill;2465373

Voted cold. You can just get it from your local library like I did for … Voted cold. You can just get it from your local library like I did for free! I'm an avid reader, but after 100 pages I gave up, far too many complex names and places which I just couldn't relate to (I reckon there must be at least 10-20 new names a chapter).



And what about those that like to build collections, or those who want to read multiple times, those that perhaps who like to leave by the bedside cabinet and take weeks to read a book. For me - I actually read my books in a hot steamy bath - so it ruins a book; not fair on the next reader if I used a library copy. Also my life is too busy to find time to goto the library, hope that it's in and find time to take back - let alone the cost in petrol and parking fees.

You have the right to vote cold but your reasoning and logic is very shallow.

cuffy;2465923

And what about those that like to build collections, or those who want to … And what about those that like to build collections, or those who want to read multiple times, those that perhaps who like to leave by the bedside cabinet and take weeks to read a book. For me - I actually read my books in a hot steamy bath - so it ruins a book; not fair on the next reader if I used a library copy. Also my life is too busy to find time to goto the library, hope that it's in and find time to take back - let alone the cost in petrol and parking fees.[COLOR="Red"]You have the right to vote cold but your reasoning and logic is very shallow.[/COLOR]




Live long and prosper!
:whistling:

Adamo;2465394

Libraries aren't everywhere, new books aren't easy to get hold of, and … Libraries aren't everywhere, new books aren't easy to get hold of, and you can't keep them to read again and again.


There are about 4,500 libraries in the UK and the book is over a year old. You can also retrieve it from the library when you want to read it again.

cuffy;2465923

And what about those that like to build collections


Then they would probably want the hardback version.

cuffy;2465923

Also my life is too busy to find time to goto the library, hope that it's … Also my life is too busy to find time to goto the library, hope that it's in and find time to take back


Too busy to go to a library, yet not too busy to spend probably 10-20 hours reading a book. Besides, you can reserve the book (both online and in the library), and you can see if a book is available in the library online. At least you can in all the counties I have ever lived in.

cuffy;2465923

your reasoning and logic is very shallow.


So anyone stating their opinion is shallow? I merely stated that you could get it from the libary for free and that, to me, the book is a heavy read.

Yet my library does not have it in (it's across the road).

I have a collection, but all my books are paperback.

That person is too busy to go to one, of course. There are 24 hour supermarkets around - not to mention the time spent reading the book is most likely at night before sleeping, or on a commute.

Some mad reasoning there Chris.

What next? Vote cold on deals for a drill because you can borrow one off your neighbour?
People like to buy books, it's why there are Waterstones in most towns, and why WH Smith is so popular. Voting cold because there are also libraries is just mad.

Anyway, I read this last week (2 for £7 at WH Smiths - with the one about the snipers in Iraq as the other, and that's a great book) and I was pretty excited to be seeing a new Tolkien book. It's not a let-down exactly, it just doesn't seem finished. The tense and perspective is just a bit off, and it doesn't seem rounded enough by a mile to be a book in it's own right. You get to the end and there's a huge chunk of the book left which covers family trees and other such stuff that was of no interest at all (to me anyway, maybe others would be).

In summary, go the library.

I joke, I joke....I mean borrow one off your neighbour.

Adamo;2466336

There are 24 hour supermarkets around - not to mention the time spent … There are 24 hour supermarkets around - not to mention the time spent reading the book is most likely at night before sleeping, or on a commute.


So libraries are no longer open on weekends?

ourdave;2466828

What next? Vote cold on deals for a drill because you can borrow one off … What next? Vote cold on deals for a drill because you can borrow one off your neighbour?


Apples and oranges. I don't think you read my first post, the reasoning behind voting it cold was for this reason: "I'm an avid reader, but after 100 pages I gave up, far too many complex names and places which I just couldn't relate to".

If you bought a drill which fell apart in 2 minutes, would you vote it hot because it was cheap? No, you wouldn't. Grow up and get over it, I voted something cold which in your opinion is hot.

people, people... why can't we all get along? Live long and prosper... wait that's startrek. Sorry, Just walked into the wrong argument.... Just going slink back out.:whistling:
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