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  1. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    A fleshed-out version of the events that happen in a few chapters of The Silmarillion. Since it covers an unrelentingly bad time in Middle-Earth (no happy ending) it may not be for everyone. Tolkien descends from the loftier point of view of The Silmarillion into a more intimate mode of storytelling. The Eldar and Edain don't come off too well (with exceptions like the loyal Beleg) but it all makes sense within the framework of the various curses and dooms that hang over everyone. Recommended fo A fleshed-out version of the events that happen in a few chapters of The Silmarillion. Since it covers an unrelentingly bad time in Middle-Earth (no happy ending) it may not be for everyone. Tolkien descends from the loftier point of view of The Silmarillion into a more intimate mode of storytelling. The Eldar and Edain don't come off too well (with exceptions like the loyal Beleg) but it all makes sense within the framework of the various curses and dooms that hang over everyone. Recommended for those who want to be Tolkien "completists" but maybe don't want to read every volume of story fragments and unfinished works.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    A really enjoyable collection of the obscure and unfinished tales by Tolkien. This was a fantastic bundle and will hold down a space on my book shelf until I can get the hard covers. I'm a big fan of Tolkien, and am not going to try and review this huge set of stories beyond saying they are invaluable if you like the world of Middle Earth. A challenging read however, hence only the 4 Stars. A really enjoyable collection of the obscure and unfinished tales by Tolkien. This was a fantastic bundle and will hold down a space on my book shelf until I can get the hard covers. I'm a big fan of Tolkien, and am not going to try and review this huge set of stories beyond saying they are invaluable if you like the world of Middle Earth. A challenging read however, hence only the 4 Stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I loved it listened to Christopher read with comments. Feels like being right there. Tolkein is a genius

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lau

    I have heard many people say Tolkien novels, especially The Silmarillion, are boring fictional history books. However, considering the extent in which I enjoyed the LOTR novels and movies, I was genuinely interested in the history of Middle Earth. The detail of this fictional universe is so fine that if didn't know any better, I would believe it as truth. Personally, I enjoyed The Children of Hurin the most due to the more typical novel-style writing. I have heard many people say Tolkien novels, especially The Silmarillion, are boring fictional history books. However, considering the extent in which I enjoyed the LOTR novels and movies, I was genuinely interested in the history of Middle Earth. The detail of this fictional universe is so fine that if didn't know any better, I would believe it as truth. Personally, I enjoyed The Children of Hurin the most due to the more typical novel-style writing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    For a Tolkien nerd like me, this was a treat. It only gets three stars because it seems like a more fleshed out recycling of the Turin chapter of the Silmarillion (basically the Bible of Tolkien's world). You have to give it to Christopher Tolkien for putting together his father's scribbles in such a detailed, satisfying way. For a Tolkien nerd like me, this was a treat. It only gets three stars because it seems like a more fleshed out recycling of the Turin chapter of the Silmarillion (basically the Bible of Tolkien's world). You have to give it to Christopher Tolkien for putting together his father's scribbles in such a detailed, satisfying way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Figg

    Masterfully assembled by Christopher Tolkien, no mean feat given the exhaustive but disparate source material, The Silmarillion gives the story behind the story of LOTR. This is more difficult to read and follow than the more famous The Hobbit and LOTR owing to the quite archaic prose, which might not be to every modern reader's tastes. However, the creativity, stories and tragedies within are second to none, and Tolkien really goes to town on assembling the English mythos he set out to create. Masterfully assembled by Christopher Tolkien, no mean feat given the exhaustive but disparate source material, The Silmarillion gives the story behind the story of LOTR. This is more difficult to read and follow than the more famous The Hobbit and LOTR owing to the quite archaic prose, which might not be to every modern reader's tastes. However, the creativity, stories and tragedies within are second to none, and Tolkien really goes to town on assembling the English mythos he set out to create. I personally would rate it 5 stars, but I appreciate the prose can be difficult to follow.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andreas

    Beyond words.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    The only reason I gave this two stars is that it was Waaaayyy too complicated on Audio.......my husband and I listened to this for a good 1/2 hour before we made the decision to move onto something else on our roadtrip. Even though I have read many Tolkien books, just the introduction alone of characters and background was very difficult to follow. Maybe another time. Interestingly enough, Goodreads says that the Audio CD format is not available, but it is sitting in front on me as I write this; The only reason I gave this two stars is that it was Waaaayyy too complicated on Audio.......my husband and I listened to this for a good 1/2 hour before we made the decision to move onto something else on our roadtrip. Even though I have read many Tolkien books, just the introduction alone of characters and background was very difficult to follow. Maybe another time. Interestingly enough, Goodreads says that the Audio CD format is not available, but it is sitting in front on me as I write this; published by Harper Collins AudioBooks!

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Docta

    I cannot help but give it five stars simply because it is a Tolkien piece. But, mother-of-god it is the ultimate tragedy and please do not seek to read this if you choose to be uplifted. Will Shakespeare wishes he could have down such downcast misery as it is Ulysses, Macbeth, Oedipus, Romeo and Juliet, and more all wrapped up in one. My God! But with the Tolkien Middle Earth twist it is truly great. For any fans I say it is a must read but not for those just looking to happy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charles Cummings

    The Children of Hurin, another book about Middle Earth. Many people are familiar with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Honestly, those are the easy books to read. I’ve always found Tolkien’s other writings to be hard to follow, mainly because the setting is just so complex. This book, although not an easy read, is a captivating story that took places long before the time of The Hobbit.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Holcomb

    I enjoyed reading "The Children of Hurin",unlike some of Tolkien's other works the plot had plenty of action that kept me interested.Reading a book set in old middle earth was interesting and I actually liked it better than "The Lord of The Rings" series. Overall "The children of Hurin" was a fun book and one of my favorites. I enjoyed reading "The Children of Hurin",unlike some of Tolkien's other works the plot had plenty of action that kept me interested.Reading a book set in old middle earth was interesting and I actually liked it better than "The Lord of The Rings" series. Overall "The children of Hurin" was a fun book and one of my favorites.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    Audio Book. A tale of Middle Earth long before the hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. No rings in the story but Morgoth did beat up on the elves a lot. Turin was the main character and he went around to a bunch of different people fighting the Orcs ever

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah Mustered

    A well written expansion of the tale from the Silmarillion. Tolkien's style and narrative ability are refreshing to see in a new composition. Overall, I wish Tolkien would have released more of these stories while he was alive. A well written expansion of the tale from the Silmarillion. Tolkien's style and narrative ability are refreshing to see in a new composition. Overall, I wish Tolkien would have released more of these stories while he was alive.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anupama M

    a surprising ending. a nice book

  15. 5 out of 5

    David Baird

    A little gem and written on the style of The Silmarillion from where the original story is taken.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mai-ana

    Hard to read to begin with, had to get past the first chapter. After that the tale started to come together.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Len Hjalmarson

    This is one long story, not a series of them, and it includes a lengthy and helpful intro by Christopher Tolkien. Rather enjoyable - but on the dark and melancholy side.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Kieran

    The Children of Hurin represents another beautiful and integral component in the more ephemeral works that inform the vast Tolkien mythos.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peelopy.xu

    good

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Batres

    gd

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beckee Carrier

    Read as an audio-book. Good story, little hard to keep up with...lots of names that sound similar. Good addition for reading purposes if you're into Middle Earth. Deepens the history behind LOTR. Read as an audio-book. Good story, little hard to keep up with...lots of names that sound similar. Good addition for reading purposes if you're into Middle Earth. Deepens the history behind LOTR.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ghifari Daulagiri

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OK, this explain alot about LOTR

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matti

    Ihan hyvä, aika vaikeaa kieltä, surullinen.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Follows one of the threads from The Silmarillion. Typically good Tolkien tale that leads you into another world.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jarrod

  26. 4 out of 5

    Martijn

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paul Kneafsey

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Moffett

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sviridov

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

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