The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by Christopher Tolkien
Published by Harper Collins Publishers, 2008.
ISBN: -10 000 725226 9
I am a big fan of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, so I came into this book with high expectations. To put it bluntly, I enjoyed reading this book a lot. The characters were well crafted and the plot of the Children of Húrin deals with moral issues which exist today.
The Children of Húrin successfully adds more depth to the Middle Earth mythos. Moreover, I found the Children of Húrin to be a surprisingly easy read and not as hard going as the Lord of the Rings.
The book deals with the theme of human relationships really well in a world where the forces of good and evil are constantly at war with each other. Also, it can be interpreted to be mirroring human nature and the ethical decisions that people have to make every day. The main character, Túrin, is often faced with tough decisions which involve listening to the advice to others or listening to his own ego. Moreover, though the elves are usually described as pure; even elves are not immune to the darkness of Morgoth.
Similar to the Lord of the Rings, the direction this story takes is very reliant on the individual decisions of key characters, who all weak to the temptation of absolute power.
The Children of Húrin is a great short fantasy novel, but the fantastic elements of this tale do resemble our world today. Moreover, this book is further proof that one can not overlook the fantasy genre’s ability to strip away modern material culture in order to focus on human relationships and human nature itself.
Rating: 5/5 Stars