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The CHILDREN OF HURIN. I've had it for ages but haven't read it. Should I?
Yep, Iwould if I had it.
It's mostly the same as the version published in [i:2t2pn3ti]Unfinished Tales[/i:2t2pn3ti] but more polished and well worth the read in my opinion. Alan Lee's beautiful illustrations add a lot as well.
To my shame I have not read this yet. I only ever seem to see it in hardback where its a bit on the pricey side (is it even out in paperback in the UK?)
[url=http://www.tolkien.co.uk/titles/38125/the-children-of-h%C3%BArin-j-r-r-tolkien-9780007252268:2e47chzn]Indeed it is.[/url:2e47chzn]
Right time to start rooting down the sides of the couch for loose change then. Exactly how different is it from the UT version? Or am I just paying for a better layout and some nice pictures?
It's not broken up into multiple parts, for one, and it's told in a single narrative (UT has part of the middle included at the end as an appendix). It also has, as I recall, fewer notes and comments by Christopher Tolkien, which can make it a bit cleaner easier to read without lots of other information.
Thanks Eldo- now I really will have to buy it!
.... and I will get around to reading it... one day...
Excellent. :mrgreen:
Perfectly excellent! <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> (AntiEldoSpam6) Cheeky lad... :x (AntiEldoSpam7)
Damn my local bookshop only has the hardback. <img src='/images/smileys/vevil.gif' border='0' alt='Very Evil Smilie' /> So off to amazon and a wait for its arrival. Boo.
I lent someone else's copy, and it is very good. So many dark themes-violence, death, sorrow etc- makes it well, dark, but a highly gripping book. I suspect your local bookshop is similar to mine- shelf's devoted to Twilight and vampire novels, plus biography's on some celebrities and a few books on fantasy/sci fi. Good old Amazon, I find that they usually ship very quickly if you buy direct from them. :lol:
Sadly nothing ships very fast to my location. Companies seem convinced I live on an island- when I point out that I do and its called Britain they get annoyed and say that I live on an island within Britain. So then I tell them no I don't. I live on a peninsular perhaps they would like a dictionary and an atlas. And it tends to go downhill from there. <img src='/images/smileys/sad.gif' border='0' alt='Sad Smilie' /> That and I would like to support my local bookshop. But as you correctly guess it does tend to be full of commercial tie ins. I'm uncertain whether to be encouraged by the fact it has a large teen section (implying teens are reading as much, if not more than ever) or to be horrified at the quality of book they are reading!
Your local bookshop won't order it in for you? (Where I grew up - Housing Commission area - we'd just steal a hardback btw - that's if we could read).
I am somewhat ashamed to say I was never a shoplifter when I was a youngster, I was the sort who hired shoplifters to steal to order. A far wiser approach if more than a little unethical.
I agreed to burn those Twilight sections in books stores when the world is ending. Yes, I know the quote, "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture, you just have to get people to stop reading them," by Ray Bradbury, but that's how you kill vampires IN the book, so do the same TO the book :twisted: would anyone help me with my ambition???? And save the bible and tolkien books!
[quote="pettytyrant101":rjw4ek16]I am somewhat ashamed to say I was never a shoplifter when I was a youngster, I was the sort who hired shoplifters to steal to order. A far wiser approach if more than a little unethical. [/quote:rjw4ek16] Bloody hoity-toity! I knew it! Typical Petty Tyrant! [quote="Tinuviel":rjw4ek16]I agreed to burn those Twilight sections in books stores when the world is ending. Yes, I know the quote, "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture, you just have to get people to stop reading them," by Ray Bradbury, but that's how you kill vampires IN the book, so do the same TO the book would anyone help me with my ambition???? And save the bible and tolkien books![/quote:rjw4ek16] Twilight smilight - not like anyone needs care about pulp --- it disappears into the void eventually. As to the Bible and Tolkien books ---- they would be useful if you got caught in a snowy forest and needed all-night burners to stay alive. (You can get new copies when you get back to civiklization of course, they're just books after all. There are always plenty of copies hanging around).
[quote="Odo Banks":1exgghgt][quote="pettytyrant101":1exgghgt]I am somewhat ashamed to say I was never a shoplifter when I was a youngster, I was the sort who hired shoplifters to steal to order. A far wiser approach if more than a little unethical. [/quote:1exgghgt] Bloody hoity-toity! I knew it! Typical Petty Tyrant! [quote="Tinuviel":1exgghgt]I agreed to burn those Twilight sections in books stores when the world is ending. Yes, I know the quote, "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture, you just have to get people to stop reading them," by Ray Bradbury, but that's how you kill vampires IN the book, so do the same TO the book would anyone help me with my ambition???? And save the bible and tolkien books![/quote:1exgghgt] Twilight smilight - not like anyone needs care about pulp --- it disappears into the void eventually. As to the Bible and Tolkien books ---- they would be useful if you got caught in a snowy forest and needed all-night burners to stay alive. (You can get new copies when you get back to civiklization of course, they're just books after all. There are always plenty of copies hanging around).[/quote:1exgghgt] A good point, but why would you have copies of The Bible and any publications by Tolkien in a snowy forest? I like to go on walks, but I rarely bring any books, and If I do only a short piece of chic lit! By the way, The Bible is the word of God, not just a book!! I suppose that's an Australian town then? Cviklization? :lol:
"The Bible is the word of God, not just a book!!"- Ally You're in danger of tempting me into a Big Bad Serious thread style reply here- but I shall resist and leave it simply as saying that's not so much a statement as a point of view.
[quote="Ally":26r8qv7x] "The Bible is the word of God, not just a book!!"-[/quote:26r8qv7x] Agreed <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> [quote="pettytyrant101":26r8qv7x]You're in danger of tempting me into a Big Bad Serious thread style reply here- but I shall resist and leave it simply as saying that's not so much a statement as a point of view. [/quote:26r8qv7x] We are well aware of the Agnostic and Atheistic and Antitheistic views on this forum, no need to reiterate. <img src='/images/smileys/sad.gif' border='0' alt='Sad Smilie' />
There is an equal right to respond as there is the right for the person making the original statement.
i nebber thort ya culd burn za [i:thun82jq]wird [/i:thun82jq]of Gawd? :o nebber noo juz won buk culd cuntain Gawd neider? :shock: wow maybee i been libbin un mienin inza dessert tru long!!! :? (kimmberlees iz u long wayz frum fulk un gawds parentlee)
[i:2fjtd4qq]Many stories tell of God, They enlighten Gals and Men, But no one book can hold all Truth, He does not live in a box, my Friends.[/i:2fjtd4qq] "Interview with Brahman." Ancient Rock Carving, Punjab c.5985BCE (A thousand or so years before Jehovah claimed he created the universe - bloomin' deceitful Demiurge!). (Rock not found yet but still there to be channelled! <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> ) Wise Odo
[quote="pettytyrant101":2e2o17qq]There is an equal right to respond as there is the right for the person making the original statement.[/quote:2e2o17qq] I appreciate petty not making a long response, and would go so far as to suggest that all statements - responses or otherwise - about serious topics are best left in Serious Threads (TM). Just my opinion, of course. <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />
I guess that means the Vedas, the Quran, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, etc. are all the Word of God too. :roll: [b:27rei3l9]GB[/b:27rei3l9]
[i:24e4mbdv]And don't forget Lord of the Rings --- Ha! That's the book, the King of Kings! [/i:24e4mbdv] Dialogue with the Fundamentalists: Plato. Wise Odo
So true, Wisey - soooo true!
[i:2fltn4pi]The Lord of the Rings[/i:2fltn4pi] doesn't have [i:2fltn4pi]Leviticus[/i:2fltn4pi] - that must count for something! :P (Just a joke, don't mean to offend anyone.)
How offended I feel! Not Leveticus - just Legolas! Much better actually - who cares if I offend anyone.
Legolas is far less dull, I'll agree with that. :mrgreen:
(((A footprint! And NOT mythological!))
Well, like Odo and i were saying on the other thread, Tolkien left the Nuttiest Parts out of HIS Bible. [b:3nhz6h6i]GB[/b:3nhz6h6i]
Too true. Tolkien is far more respectable! :ugeek: (The Bible does have lots of juicy disgusting bits though - both sexual and violent. It is in many ways a disgusting book - though there are some good bits too - just not as good as Tolkien). NB: Read the "By the Rivers of Babylon" psalm (can't remember the number). The Boney M song does NOT include ALL the words. If it had, most thoughtful respectable decent people would have vomited.
Indeed! :ugeek: [b:3gr4vw9i]GB[/b:3gr4vw9i]
Does that mean we agree, GB? :shock: Well, that hasn't happened for a long time! <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> You know, I might just go out and smash some babies heads against rocks to celebrate! :twisted:

it has a really good story i suggest you read it

I was given my copy for Christmas a couple of  years ago and although I thought it was excellently written I have not been able to bring myself to read it again for the simple reason that it seems just so grindingly despairing and hopeless. I like stories that are very real , but honestly I need to at least be able to see some light, however whispy, however fleeting at the end of the tunnel. I felt mentally depressed for nearly a month after I read it.

I've got a copy and plan to read it soon. I bought it in a cute second hand charity book shop in practically new condition, hard back and beautifully illustrated by Alan Lee--- for £2.50!!! Big Smile Smilie I just thought I'd share here, no one else could understand my joy! 

^^Can definitely understand your joy. Got mine as part of a special offer on a website for $1. I also got The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun and the entire Narnia series for $2 in the same order. With shipping, that's $6 for 9 of some of the most classic works of the 20th century....nice.

oh  Kate how wonderful for you. And Balrogs you also. I love to hear of great deals like that. Unfortunately the person that bought mine had to spend a small fortune for there were nearly none to be had here , they went so quickly and I felt badly for that. Strangely , here where I live Tolkien is much revered and even people that call themselves occultists or outright satanists and know what happens to the 'bad' guys in the stories are so struck by the grandeur of Tolkien's work that they flocked by the hundreds each time one of the shows arrived in town. It was truly wierd. Each one that came here opened on the anniversary of my father's death so of course I always went a day or two after. It was surreal. And there is such agony in this little city as all the comings and goings of The Hobbit are read and discussed. And one member of my family has been working for months on his own music for the Hobbit and I am staggered by its' beauty and freshness. As we read the Hobbit as a family and then heard his own music for each part I was beside myself with awe.  

I still mean to read this book --- I'm just waiting for the "fantasy" urge to strike. Other than conjuring up "fantastic" things in Forumshire, I've not got much fantasy in my life just now. Though I am slowly reading The Hobbit again for the trillionth time. Mind, this only in the hope I can be re-inspired by the genre by reading the best fantasy story of all time.