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If Tolkien wrote it, I’m going to read it. If it has anything at all to do with Middle Earth, I’m not only going to read it, I’m going to obsess over it and most likely read it multiple times. In case you haven’t realized it yet, I’m a Tolkien geek (and proud of it!), which is why, when I realized that “Children of Hurin” had been released, I bought it then and there.

“Children of Hurin” isn’t a new story, but an expansion of a tale mentioned in “The Similarion” (which I have previously reviewed). The story takes place long before “Lord of the Rings”. It tells the story of Hurin and his descendants (his wife, son and daughter). It’s a pretty complicated story, intertwined with the rest of the events of Middle Earth. This is right in the middle of the war against Morgorth, and actually has a pretty important place in that war. Honestly, that’s about as much of a plot summary I can give, because there’s just too much to talk about. The sheer expanse of the tale is amazing, but I can also say that this is a tragedy (this quite possibly the most unlucky family in Middle Earth) of Shakespearean proportions.

Like all of Tolkien’s other works, this story is world building at its best. The description is beyond belief, the history epic. I’d HIGHLY recommend reading “The Similarion” first, otherwise you will be so lost it’s not even funny. This is just a side story amongst a much larger one, and you need that larger one in order to make sense of this one.
So, I could give a bunch of reasons why you should read “The Children of Hurin”, but it all comes down to one point in the end. It’s by Tolkien, and that makes it awesome. That’s all you really need to know.

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