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« on: April 17, 2007, 01:09:28 pm »
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a new Tolkein book has just recently been released. it's Lord of the Rings in the sense that it still takes place in Middle-Earth, but as far as i know it doesn't involve any of the main characters of the story.

it's called 'The Children of Hurin.'
here's a link to the article that talks about it:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/04/17/review.tolkien.ap/index.html
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2007, 12:21:36 am »
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Ah, I was just coming in here to see if someone had made this thread yet! Good job.

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this, and find time to read it!

For those of you not familiar, "Children of Hurin" is set in an earlier age of Middle-Earth (the first age, actually). The tale centers around Turin and his sister Nienor, who are the cursed children of Hurin.

Short versions of this story have been published in some of Tolkien's other works, but this is finally a long, complete version, and I'm so excited to read it!

It's really a great thing to have happen for the Tolkien community!
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2007, 04:06:37 pm »
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i'm really excited about it too. just last year, i finished all (well, most) of Tolkien's other works, so i'm all caught up and ready for more. such perfect timing...i'm so excited to buy a copy soon! 

thanks for the details. i think i remember reading something about the plot, but i couldn't remember specifically what it was about.

and i'm actually quite shocked more people haven't responded to this thread. i know there are a ton of members out there who were in love with the books before the movies and i thought would be pretty excited about something like this. hmm.
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2007, 04:23:55 pm »
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Reuters reports that a "new" book by J.R.R. Tolkien goes on sale on Tuesday. Tolkien's son and literary executor Christopher, now in his eighties, constructed "The Children of Hurin" from his father's manuscripts, and said he tried to do so "without any editorial invention".

Already told in fragmentary form in "The Silmarillion", which appeared in 1977, the new book is darker than "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings", for which Tolkien is best known.

The story is set long before "The Lord of the Rings" in a part of Middle-earth that was drowned before Hobbits ever appeared, and tells the tragic tale of Turin and his sister Nienor who are cursed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord.

Hollywood studios are eager to buy the film rights of the new book, according to David Brawn, director at Tolkien publisher HarperCollins.

"We all want this first and foremost to enjoy life as a book," said Brawn. "No one's saying never to a film (but) the film rights are reserved by the estate. We want to see what reaction it gets and then let it run its course."
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2007, 06:56:51 am »
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Iíve only read the Hobbit and LOTR by TolkienÖI havenít read anything else although I know others have.  Iím usually skeptical about writers completing the unfinished works of others.  Thatís not to say this couldnít be quite good, itís just that I donít automatically follows things like this. 

I still might get to some of Tolkien's other works though. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2007, 01:29:48 am »
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Geezzzzzz....the Entertainment Review of the new book is brutal!  However, I will still read it. I love Tolkien...and am really curious to see if his son matched his vision and feeling while completely the unfinished book. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2007, 07:51:03 am »
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I know the story as a short (Silmarillion), medium (Unfinished Tales), but not yet as long version.

I liked Christopher's way to point out which text is his and which ones are his father's in Unfinished Tales.

Do I get this right: Children of Hķrin is actually made as a solid book, so no differences are shown as clearly as in Unfinished Tales?

Narn i HÓn Hķrin is one of those Middle-Earth tales where seeing the whole picture of it's history helps to understand it a little more.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2007, 08:09:05 am »
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I went to B&N and got a big % off because I was a member, anyone who's a member of Barnes and Noblle ,check with your store for some sales. I haven't started reading it yet, but I've heard it isn't to great........ JRR.......... where are you when we so desparatey need you........
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2007, 11:26:30 am »
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Yeah... if there only was a way to contact him to the other side so he could fill the spots in Middle-Earth that were left empty.

I wish that of many other persons too, though.
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2007, 02:16:11 pm »
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Hey

I have considered buying other Tolkien books but have decided not too, I have the hobbit and lord of the rings that is enough for me I think.

I probably wouldn't enjoy the other books as much..

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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2007, 10:53:34 pm »
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I want to read The Silmarillion (sp?) and am curious about The Children of the Hurion, but often when a book is not finished by the original author...it isn't as good. Somehow or other, the author breathes his or her own spirit into the telling of the tale...and the reader can sense the difference.

At least that is how I found the novels started by Agatha Christie and finished by someone else. No one could write mysteries like her. 
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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2007, 12:09:03 pm »
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I think I wil get a copy of that book to read over the summer...
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2007, 10:09:51 pm »
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I am going to pick up the Simarillion first and then might read the Children of the H. Let me know what you think of it when you read it...please. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2007, 06:52:50 pm »
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I want to read The Silmarillion


It's excellent.  My favorite Tolkien book after LOTR.


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and am curious about The Children of the Hurion, but often when a book is not finished by the original author...it isn't as good. Somehow or other, the author breathes his or her own spirit into the telling of the tale...and the reader can sense the difference.

I have The Children of Hurin, but I haven't read it yet.  According to all the reviews I've read, Christopher Tolkien did not add anything to what his father had written.  He just organized all the separate pieces into a book.


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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2007, 02:34:53 am »
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Thanks so much for the info, Yeux! I have been really curious.  I almost bought it the other day...but have to wait a couple months. Got myself on a budget. 
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