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The Children of Hurin

I've started reading "The Children of Hurin".

It is the story not so much just of Turin Turambar, and the dragon Glaurung, but of all of the curse of Morgoth on Hurin's kin. It is more complete than related in the Silmarillion, and more like a standalone story. It's not as dense as Silmarillion, though still more elegaic in tone than say, "Lord of the Rings".

And yet, few writers can make my hair stand on end quite like Tolkien. I read this, and share it with you.

"Last of all Hurin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and siezed the axe of an orc-captain and wielded it two-handed; and it is sung that axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew Hurin cried aloud, 'Aure entuluva! Day shall come again!' Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive, by the command of Morgoth, who thought thus to do him more evil than by death."

That is valor - cut off from safety or retreat, doomed to be taken in battle by an unnumbered and implacable foe - and what does Hurin shout? "Day shall come again!" And the thing is - Morgoth knows he's right, and is all the more determined to torment him, as a result. Beautiful stuff. Beautiful!

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crapdaddy
Apr. 18th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
"Blood and souls! Blood and souls for my lord Arioch!"
aghrivaine
Apr. 18th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
I'd take the day thing. But hey, that's just me.
catrionamacnair
Apr. 18th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Most beautiful. Reminds me that I must put Tolkien into my rereading-scedule.
Be thanked for sharing, as always.
aghrivaine
Apr. 18th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Well, this wouldn't be re-reading, since the book just came out yesterday. New Tolkien! Yay!
catrionamacnair
Apr. 18th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
New Tolkien... and miracles happened. Amazing. First a new Beatles record, now new Tolkien :) W00t!
cacofunny
Apr. 18th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
How could anything be sung of what transpired if the guy stood alone against his foes, unless the ones singing his praises were those very same foes? And at what point did they stop singing about what happened? After he allegedly uttered the cry seventy times, or after he was taken away? In fact, is the rest of the book translated from the songs written of this episode no one else witnessed?

Ugh, Tolkien's tedious to read...
aghrivaine
Apr. 18th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
Of course others witnessed it - the trolls that Hurin didn't manage to slay, the other men of the House of Hador who could no longer stand, but weren't necessarily dead. Turgon, who had just fled into the Passes of Sirion with Hurin as his rear-guard, who loved Hurin dearly - and most of all, Hurin himself, and Morgoth, who kept Hurin alive for many long decades to torment him.

It suited Morgoth just fine, that all would know that Hurin survived as Morgoth's captive - and in fact, Morgoth later sends messages to the House of Hador to let them know of the doom that he has put on Hurin.

Nope, no problem here - you're just insufficiently versed in Tolkien-lore. ;)
elanya
Apr. 19th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
I am going to have to tell my friend earis about this - I'm not sure she knows, and she is a huuuuuuuge Tolkien fan :o
dhin
Apr. 19th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
shivers of delight
I'm only jealous I won't have time to read it until school is over.
aghrivaine
Apr. 19th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: shivers of delight
Also you won't be reading it under palm trees, golden sunlight - and with dolphins frolicking in the white-capped waves.

I'm just sayin' is all...
silvertongue1
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
I am SO full of envy that you are reading this. I'll need to hunt it down at some point....
~Amanda
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