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Amph "The Children of Hurin" to be published

Discussion in 'Archive: SF&F: Books and Comics' started by Havac, Sep 18, 2006.

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  1. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    According to [link=http://edition.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/books/09/18/books.newtolkien.ap/index.html]this article[/link], Christopher Tolkien has finished editing "The Children of Hurin" into a complete work and it will be published early next year.

    Exciting . . . :D
     
  2. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Intersting. I assume this will use chapters from the Silmarillion as a basis.
     
  3. JediNemesis

    JediNemesis Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Is this referring to the Narn i Hin Hurin, Tolkien's alliterative poem? Or to a smaller prose work?

    I have a horrible feeling it's going to be the former, and that it's going to be ... not as good as it should have been.

    In either case, it's not going to be a lost masterwork. Tolkien didn't finish the wider 'legendarium' centred on the Silmarillion - the story's largely complete, but the text of the various tales isn't. Any version of Children of Hurin taken from JRR's notebooks is surely going to be some finished bits, some bits that have been sort-of worked on, and some placeholder scribbles along the lines of 'and then this bit happened'.

    I'm reserving judgement. Could be great ( [face_praying] ) could be lousy.
     
  4. Amon_Amarth

    Amon_Amarth Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    That's great news. I've read parts of The Children of Hurin in the Lays of Beleriand. It is great and I can't wait to read more. Although my favourite of Tolkiens wotks remains the Lay of Leithan.
     
  5. severian28

    severian28 Jedi Master star 5

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    Its going to be big and from what Ive been hearing over the last two days its release is a marketing strategy that leads into a release of a 2,000 thousand page version of Beowulf that Tolkien completed in his twenties.
     
  6. Raven

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    I'm very, very cautiously optimistic.
     
  7. Jabba-wocky

    Jabba-wocky Chosen One star 9

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    There's nothing good about relatives editing oir otherwise participating in the work of late, talented authors. At least, that's what I got out of my whole experience with Brian Herbert. Hopefully, it'll go a bit better for you folk.
     
  8. Twinky_Stryder

    Twinky_Stryder Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I must say that I've never gotten into prose about Middle Earth beyond LOTR. I have second hand copies of The Hobbit and The Silmarillian, but they're in that group of books which everyone own that you always start, but never finish for one reason or another.

    Are there any books concerning the race of men because I think that would grab my interest a bit more easily than books about dwarves
     
  9. Pelranius

    Pelranius Jedi Master star 5

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    Hurin is a man.
     
  10. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    A man among men.
     
  11. Kyptastic

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    A man amongst Immortals
     
  12. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    EW had a picture of the cover, kinda cool:

    [image=http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h61/yankee8255/hurin_l.jpg]
     
  13. CyberFaust

    CyberFaust Jedi Padawan star 4

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    scared, but eager :)
     
  14. NYCitygurl

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    That cover looks really cool.
     
  15. jag29

    jag29 Jedi Youngling star 3

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    When is the book supposed published.

    jag29
     
  16. Kyptastic

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    I like it.

    Hopefully the book brings something new that wasn't in the Silmarillion or Unfinished tales. I'll still buy it, but I'll be happier if it does invlude new information.
     
  17. rebel_cheese

    rebel_cheese Jedi Master star 4

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    I'm scared but hopeful. However, considering other similiar experiments (Brian Herbert and Todd McCaffrey) there's a good chance this will be a bust.

    Third time's the charm, I guess.
     
  18. Randy1012

    Randy1012 Jedi Youngling star 3

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    This is really quite different. Christopher Tolkien didn't write this himself, he compiled and edited together material written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
     
  19. Amon_Amarth

    Amon_Amarth Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    The cover is really cool.
     
  20. marte

    marte Jedi Master star 4

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    I think all you can find in here is the same writings as in the History of Middle Earth, only probably a bit more ...readable; somewhat like Stephen Hawkings Universe in a Nutshell, when you don't feel like reading the "heavier" scientific publications...

     
  21. Raja_Io

    Raja_Io Jedi Master star 4

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    The cover looks cool, but it makes me even more suspicious.
     
  22. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    My impression is that he did quite a bit more. If it were just compiling, wouldn't that be what is already in the Silmarillion?
     
  23. dudalb

    dudalb Jedi Youngling star 3

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    "My impression is that he did quite a bit more. If it were just compiling, wouldn't that be what is already in the Silmarillion? "

    COnsdering that Christopher Tolkien compiled the Simlarllion,he is not doing anything which he has not done before.
    The fact is Tolkien never got anywhere near a final,for publication draft of the Sim,and there had been endless debate about how muchof the Sim is JRR Tolkien and how has been "revised" by Christpher.
    To be honest,this is probably closer to "The History of Middle Earth" then anything else:A selection of early and "alternate" versions of the Hurin material then a complete,self contained story.Probably more of interest to the hardcore Tolkien scholar then the average Tolkien reader.



     
  24. dudalb

    dudalb Jedi Youngling star 3

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    And I am skeptical about it being the first "complete and stand alone" story by Tolkien since the Sim. If it really was complete,it would have been published a long time ago.
    I will still buy it,but doubt it is going to be a "new" work by Tolkien.
     
  25. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Has anyone pre-ordered this? I've been tempted, but keep deciding to wait and see how well received it is once it's available.
     
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