W00T!!! I’m on my way right now to pick up my copy of “The Children of Hurin”!
According to this story by ABC News, they mention the Silmarillion (not by name oddly enough) and state “Outside of Tolkien scholars and Middle-earth fanatics, few read them.” Yes, reading the Silmarillion is like reading the Old Testament of The Bible in terms of complexity. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart – but “Túrin Turambar” is one of the greatest stories I’ve ever read, even in it’s unfinished form.
Unfinished that is, until now.
“The Children of Hurin” is the completion of this work, compiled by J.R.R. Tolkein’s son, Christopher. I say “compiled” because there is almost no new content in the book. Rather, it’s finally been arranged in a way that is presentable as a complete work.
If you haven’t read it, pick it up (along with a copy of “The Tolkein Illustrated Encyclopedia” if you’re new to this), strap yourself in, and prepare yourself for an epic story about inner conflict, sadness, and grief. It’s not an uplifting or inspirational story, so be ready for that. It’s a story that’s written with some of the most incredible imagery ever conceived, and it’s true to life in that very few conflicts end happily ever after.