THE CHILDREN OF HURINby J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
(2007, Harper Collins)
Great Tales of Middle-Earth, book 1
The son of a famous warrior searches for justice when his father disappears, and ruins his welcome everywhere he goes, from elvish lands to those ruled by men.
-- First reading (hardcover)
Although I am very familiar with the short version of this story, as told in The Silmarillion and the various outlines given in The History of Middle-Earth, and I remembered vague details as shown in Unfinished Tales, I gained some new insights when reading this unified, uninterrupted version of the tale. I didn’t realize what a bad person Turin actually was. His pride comes naturally from his father and mother both. He is a natural leader, and he leads also by example. Even the elves ended up taking him as their leader.Spoiler review:
Thingol has changed since Beren came into his realm, and maybe because
of that. But I agree with his council members who try to remind him of
how badly that encounter turned out for the elven king. Still, Thingol
goes way beyond the call of duty to search for Turin after the man
stomps off, humiliating his councilor. Beleg does, too. I guess it’s
because of the loyalty Turin has for all who believe as he does. On the
other hand, although he mocks Brandir often in his fight against the
orcs, he still respects the man. Is it because of his experiences in
Nargothrond and among the outlaws? It’s nice to see that he has some
decency left, though, especially when letting Mim live when his
companions want to kill the petty dwarf, and in killing his leader when
the man is found attempting to kidnap and rape a farmer’s daughter.
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