Thread: THE CHILDREN OF HURIN
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!!! 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.