The Children of Hurin Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In that remote time, Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the tragedy of Túrin and his sister Nienor unfolded within the shadow of the fear of Angband and the war waged by Morgoth against the lands and secret cities of the Elves. Their brief and passionate lives were dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bore them as the children of Húrin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them he sent his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire.
Into this story of brutal conquest and flight, of forest hiding-places and pursuit, of resistance with lessening hope, the Dark Lord and the Dragon enter in direly articulate form. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulated the fates of Túrin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth was fulfilled.
The earliest versions of this Tolkien story go back to the end of the First World War and the years that followed. But long afterwards, when The Lord of the Rings was finished, he revised and greatly enlarged it, enhancing complexities of motive and character. It 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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|Listening Length||7 hours and 51 minutes|
|Author||J. R. R. Tolkien|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||31 December 2006|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,293 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
194 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
306 in Military Fantasy (Books)
372 in Epic Fantasy (Books)
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Story wise, it's very much one for the Tolkien enthusiast. If you want to read beyond the trilogy, and enjoyed the appendices in ROTK, either this or The Silmarillion is a good place to start. Note that there's a lot of overlap between this and the version in Unfinished Tales, so if you've read that, this is probably only worth buying if you want the satisfaction of owning the complete collection.
Reviewed in the United States on 31 August 2020