The novels belong to the high fantasy genre and follow a young boy from the discovery of his magecraft through to him becoming the greatest mage of all time. The four books are:
Rather than focus on the usual stuff of criticism, I want to look directly at Tolkien the Catholic author and what he does with this material. Therein lies the genius of this work.
Almost a century old in its genesis, the tale is parable for our times and a cautionary warning about the pride of humanity. In our world, we like to think of ourselves as the masters of creation, flawed but not really sinful.
Ask a friend if he or she sins and they will tell you they make mistakes but "sin? We must accept anything and everything because each of us is the ultimate decider of what is right and wrong. Ambiguity rules our hearts and assuages our consciences.
What is good for you may be wrong for me and vice versa. Too much reflection and we may think badly of ourselves. Critics will say our world is nothing like the one Tolkien created in his mythology, but they would be wrong. The irony is that a little reflection on personal sin, balanced with humility usually leads to a chastened and wiser person who goes forward better for the examination of conscience.
If we keep running away from the evil within us, then it becomes most dangerous when we are forced to face it. That fact destroyed Turin and Hurin, his father, and may very well destroy us. Turin is a kid who grows up with an absent father, who happens to be a hero, and deals with the fear of terror every day.
In his hatred of Morgoth, he dances with the Dark. His loathing is very close to a perverted form of love, for his very self finds its only meaning in relationship to this terrible evil force. Elves and men who try to befriend him, women who try to love him are pushed away in favor of his lust for revenge.
Fleeing the consequences of his anger, he takes up with a group of outlaws and lives like them, finding his humanity leeching out of himself. Here is where Tolkien, in the midst of this bleak tale, reminds us that in our essence, human beings are inherently good.
This is the very Catholic, optimistic view of humanity. We sin, but we cannot blame our actions on our sin. In the end, our inherent goodness makes us responsible for our actions. By our evil decisions, we diminish our humanity, no matter what the horrendous circumstances may be in which we make those choices.
Turin is a prideful man, and when his one friend comes to take him back to the elven king who promises friendship, Turin turns him down and goes back to his lonesome life. Tragedy never happens from happenstance; there is always an element of choice.
Much is admirable in Turin; but his pride is his undoing. When he confronts the dragon Glaurung, servant of Morgoth, he thinks he is a match for that evil, but the serpent beguiles him, getting Turin to focus solely on what a failure he is.
In trying to save himself from his failings, he continues to make disastrous decisions.The Children of Húrin is the first complete book by caninariojana.comn since the publication of The Silmarillion.
Six thousand years before the One Ring is destroyed, Middle-earth lies under the shadow of the Dark Lord Morgoth. Summary and reviews of The Children of Húrin by J.R.R.
Tolkien, plus links to a book excerpt from The Children of Húrin and author biography of J.R.R. Tolkien. Summary and book reviews of The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien. Summary | Excerpt The Children of Hurin possesses the mythic resonance and grim sense of inexorable fate.
The Children of Húrin by JRR Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien pp, HarperCollins, £ The very first thing you read in most editions of The Lord of the Rings is its Foreword, which begins with an allusion to what is not in the book: “the mythology and legends of the Elder Days”.
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The Children of Húrin is an epic fantasy novel which forms the completion of a tale by J. R. R. caninariojana.com wrote the original version of the story in the late s, revised it several times later, but did not complete it before his death in "Children" follows the family of Hurin as they carve out a cursed existence thousands of years before Frodo ever heard of a ring.
The family curse, meted out by Morgoth, a First Age Evil who shades the world in a similar vein to Sauron, weighs most heavily on his son, Turin.
But neither Hurin's wife, nor daughter avoid it's sting.