Wednesday, March 14, 2007

New Tolkien: The Children of Hurin

So, has anyone read any of the extra Tolkien stuff that Christopher Tolkien has edited together? There's a new volume just out with illustrations by Alan Lee and I'm interested, but I'm not sure how interested.

Are these things something that the casual fan can get into or are they just for the Hardcore?

2 comments:

Charles said...

I just got this book yesterday and I'm pretty excited about it. I read The Silmarillion some time ago and that was good and most of it is structured in a mythological way instead of as a straight narrative but if you've read The hobbit and Lord of the Rings and paid attention you should be able to enjoy Tolkien's other works.

Michael May said...

I think you nailed it by mentioning the mythological structure. I've read the Silmarillion and it took me two attempts to get through it. I gave up the first time because of the structure, but I was ready for it the second time around and that helped.

I still didn't enjoy it as much as the straight narrative of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, but I do find Tolkien's world-building deeply fascinating. I think this additional stuff could be something I'd enjoy so long as I know what I'm getting into with it.

Thanks!

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