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The Children of Hurin is an epic fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien. He wrote the original version of the story in the late 1910s revised it several times later, but did not complete it before his death in 1973. His son Christopher Tolkein edited the manuscripts to form a consistent narrative and published it in 2007 as an independent work. The book contains 33 illustrations by Alaan Lee, eight of which are full page and in color. The history and descent of the main characters are described in the book as the main paragraphs in the book and the backstory of the book is elaborated upon in The Slimarillion. It begins five hundred years before the action of the book, when Morgoth, a Vala and the prime evil power, escapes from the blessed realm of Valinor to the north-west of Middle-earth. The children of Hurin were published on 17 April, 2007 by HarperCollins in the United Kingdom and Canada, and by Houghton Mifflin in the United States. The story of this novel is mainly based on the legend of Kullervo, a character from the finish folklore poems known as Kalevala. The themes explored in the story include evil, free will and predestination. The book reflects also an heroism and courage. It has been suggested that Turin’s character is not only shaped by Morgoth’s curse but that he himself also partly responsible for his actions.
About J.R.R. Tolkien:
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on 3rd January, 1892 and died on 2nd September, 1973. He was an English writer, poet, philologist and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon and the fellow of Pembroke college, Oxford from 1925-1945. He was at one time a very close friend of C.S. Lewis they were both the members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was first appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28th March, 1972. After the death of Tolkien death, his son Christopher published a series of works based on his father’s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts including The Silmarillion.
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