Friday, October 10, 2008

The Children of Hurin, Review

A Refreshing visit towards middle earth, and at the same time, a darker one. The story tells about the life and (spoilers!) death of Turin Tambarin, son of Hurin. The mostly narrated novel begins after the war of a thousand tears (Nirnaeth Arnodiad), thousands of years before the event on The Lord of The Rings. Here, battle agains the dark forces was a futile attempt. Death is near, and sad news are daily digest. No, I won't go further in details here, but if you're asking what kinda movie atmosphere would fit in the story, I'd say the animated version of Beowulf would come near. No happy ending, no lovable characters, except for the dark legions, of course, with a special emphasize on Glaurung, the father of all dragons. Beautifully ilustrated by Alan Lee, which makes me stop reading and spend some minutes watching the painting and sketches in every chapter. If you're looking for some nice fantasy reading, I don't think this is what you're looking for, but if you're looking for something different about the world of middle earth, then this is it.

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