New Tolkien Story To be Published

Posted by dormouse (19th Sep 2006, 10:52) -

"'Christopher Tolkien has spent the past 30 years working on "The Children of Hurin," an epic tale his father began in 1918 and later abandoned. Excerpts of "The Children of Hurin," which includes the elves and dwarfs of Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and other works, have been published before.'""

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 Siberman ( 19th Sep 2006, 11:28, Rank: Mentat )  reply

I'm already in the bookstore queue.

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 dormouse ( 19th Sep 2006, 14:14, Rank: Jedi )  reply


there's a nice antidote to the slashdot cynicism :)

yay :)

 Handigar ( 20th Sep 2006, 02:57, Rank: Headcrab )  reply

The first version of the tale of Turin Turamabar appeared in the second volume of The Book of Lost Tales, written in the late 1910s/early 1920s. It should be noted that this version of Middle Earth differed quite significantly from later ones (Sauron for instance was Tevildo, Lord of Cats!). The Lay of the Children of Hurin was written in the period between 1920 and 1925 as an epic poem in an Anglo-Saxon alliterative metre. Only the first 2000 lines were completed, before he turned his attention to the Lay of Leithian (which narrates the story of Beren and Luthien and was published with LotCoH in HOME3). Though it only goes up to Turin's soujorn in Nargothrond, Middle Earth is allready more recognisable (Sauron is now "Thû who was throned as theign mightiest to Morgoth Bauglir") and the character detail very complex.

Later, Tolkien wrote the Narn-i-Hin-Hurin, in the style of a Norse saga, a detached prose narrative about 150 pages long. The Narn covers the whole saga, from the battle of Nirnaeth Arnoediad and Hurin's capture by Morgoth to the final act at Cabed-en-Aras. The beginning and the end were largely complete, but sections in the middle were rather rough hewn, adn presented at the end and heavily annotated when the Narn was published in unfinished tales.

The chapter of the Silmarillion dealing with Turin is largely a condensed version of the Narn, with some details added from the Grey Annals (HOME10/11), and the earlier parts of the story appear in the chapter Nirnaeth Arnoediad. This is probably the best known form of the story, though there were other versions of similar length in the 1920s "Quenta Noldorinia"

Finally, Tolkien wrote a "chapter" of the silmarillion called "The Wanderings of Hurin" about Hurin's life after escaping from Angband. for some reason, christopher tolkien did not include it in the published silmarillion, and instead incorporated elements of it in his rather unsatisfactory compilation chapter, "the ruin of doriath"*

What exactly the new publication is i am unaware, though i guess it is a refined version of the Narn incorporating the wanderings of hurin (which is great, the Narn is my overall favourite fantasy)

*this was done because i think because the newest versions of "the ruin of doriath" were pretty vague and also quite old (in the tolkien-lifetime sense) so the "new" wanderings and old ruins presented continuity issues with each other

 Handigar ( 20th Sep 2006, 03:00, Rank: Headcrab )  reply

Unforunately, the article doesnt say anything

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