Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Children of Hurin: The New Old Tolkien reviews the new Tolkien: The Children of Hurin.

As much as I love The Hobbit and respect The Lord of the Rings, I can’t say that I am full of excitement about this one...probably has something to do with the drudgery of the encyclopedic The Silmarillion. Is there anything more that really needs to be said about Middle Earth? Are there new stories that haven't been explored elsewhere?


Nick said...

Considering all the other unremarkable extension novels he's put out I don't hold out much hope for this one either. Although it would be interesting to read plot synopsis of what happens to the characters.

Joe said...

It's an extension / combination of Tolkien's work as his son was able to patch together the Hurin stories (part of which is in the Silmarillion)...but this is some 6000 years before LoTR. I don't have the emotional investment in this anymore. That's not necessarily a fair way to judge, but if Christopher was patching together the lost tales of Frodo when he went to Elfland...I'd be sold (disappointed, but sold).

That article I linked, I believe, said that once you get past the prologue / first chapter, the story becomes coherent.