- Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Harpercollins Publishers; Auflage: De Luxe edition. (1. Januar 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0007252234
- ISBN-13: 978-0007252237
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,9 x 3,9 x 22,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 11 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 258.197 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Children of Hurin (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Special Edition, 1. Januar 2007
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The first complete book by J.R.R. Tolkien in three decades--since the publication of The Silmarillion in 1977--The Children of Húrin reunites fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, Eagles and Orcs. Presented for the first time as a complete, standalone story, this stirring narrative will appeal to casual fans and expert readers alike, returning them to the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.
Adam Tolkien on The Children of Húrin
How did a lifetime of stories become The Children of Húrin? In an essay on the making of the book, Adam Tolkien, grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien (and French translator of his History of Middle-earth), explains that the Húrin legends made up the third "Great Tale" of his grandfather's Middle-earth writing, and he describes how his father, Christopher Tolkien, painstakingly collected the pieces of the legend into a complete story told only in the words of J.R.R. Tolkien. "For anyone who has read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings," he writes, The Children of Húrin "allows them to take a step back into a larger world, an ancient land of heroes and vagabonds, honour and jeopardy, hope and tragedy."
A Look Inside the Book
This first edition of The Children of Húrin is illustrated by Alan Lee, who was already well-known for his Tolkien illustrations in previous editions (see our Tolkien Store for more) as well as his classic collaboration with Brian Froud, Faeries, and his Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Black Ships Before Troy, before his Oscar-winning work as conceptual designer for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy brought him even greater acclaim. Here's a quick glimpse of two of Lee's interior illustrations for The Children of Húrin. (Click on each to see larger images.)
Questions for Alan Lee
We had the chance to ask Alan Lee a few questions about his illustrative collaboration with the world imagined by J.R.R. Tolkien:
Amazon.com: How much of a treat was it to get first crack at depicting entirely new characters rather than ones who had been interpreted many times before? Was there one who particularly captured your imagination?
Lee: Although it was a great honor to illustrate The Children of Húrin, the characters and the main elements of the story line are familiar to those who have read The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales, and these narratives have inspired quite a few illustrators. Ted Nasmith has illustrated The Silmarillion and touched on some of the same characters and landscapes. This was the first time that I ventured into the First Age; while working on The Lord of the Rings books and films--and The Hobbit--I've had to refer back to events in Middle-earth history but not really depict them.
I'm drawn to characters who bear similarities to the protagonists in myths and legends; these correspondences add layers and shades of meaning, and most of the characters in this story have those archetypal qualities. However, I prefer not to get too close to the characters because the author is delineating them much more carefully than I can, and I'm wary of interfering with the pictures that the text is creating in the reader's mind.
Amazon.com: The Húrin story has been described as darker than some of Tolkien's other work. What mood did you try to set with your illustrations?
Lee: It is a tragic story, but the darkness is offset by the light and beauty of Tolkien's elegiac writing. In the illustrations I tried to show some of the fragile beauty of the landscapes and create an atmosphere that would enhance the sense of foreboding and impending loss. I try to get the setting to tell its part in the story, as evidence of what happened there in the past and as a hint at what is going to occur. My usual scarred and broken trees came in handy.
Amazon.com: You were a conceptual designer (and won an Oscar) for Peter Jackson's film trilogy of The Lord of the Rings, which I think we can safely say had a bit of success. How does designing for the screen compare to designing for the page?
Lee: They both have their share of joys and frustrations. It was great to be part of a huge film collaboration and play a small part in something quite magical and monumental; I will always treasure that experience. Film is attractive because I enjoy sketching and coming up with ideas more than producing highly finished artwork, and it's great having several hundred other people lending a hand! But books--as long as they don't get moldy from being left in an empty studio for six years--have their own special quality. I hope that I can continue doing both.
Amazon.com: Of all fiction genres, fantasy seems to have the strongest tradition of illustration. Why do you think that is? Who are some of your favorite illustrators?
Lee: A lot of excellent illustrators are working at the moment--especially in fantasy and children's books. It is exciting also to see graphic artists such as Dave McKean, in his film Mirrormask, moving between different media. I also greatly admire the more traditional work of Gennady Spirin and Roberto Innocenti. Kinuko Craft, John Jude Palencar, John Howe, Charles Vess, Brian Froud ... I'll stop there, as the list would get too long. But--in a fit of pride and justified nepotism--I'll add my daughter, Virginia Lee, to the list. Her first illustrated children's book, The Frog Bride [coming out in the U.K. in September], will be lovely.
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"It has seemed to me for a long time that there was a good case for presenting my father's long version of the legend of the Children of Hurin as an independent work, between its own covers, with a minimum of editorial presence, and above all in continuous narrative without gaps or interruptions, if this could be done without distortion or invention, despite the unfinished state in which he left some parts of it." Christopher Tolkien"The Children of Hurin is about to thrill and intrigue millions. It is safe to say that the 'great tale' of Turin is about to become a global myth...in its own dotty but also awe-inspiring way, it works." Sunday Times Culture"...worthy of a readership beyond Tolkien devotees...this book deserves to eclipse all his other posthumous writings, and stand as a worthy memorial to the imagination of Tolkien.' The Times"I hope that its universality and power will grant it a place in English mythology'... It isn't jolly, but then neither is Anthony and Cleopatra." The Independent on SundayAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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Diejenigen, die von der erzählerischen Struktur eines "Hobbits" wie auch des "Herrn der Ringe" begeistert waren, werden durch vorliegendes, ausführlich editiertes Werk über einen bereits im "Silmarillion" und in den "Nachrichten aus Mittelerde" behandelten Charakter eine mittelprächtige Enttäuschung erfahren. Wer sich aber von jeher zu den Tolkienfreaks zählte, der in historischer Akribie alle Einzelheiten "Mittelerdes" und deren urzeitlicher Vorwelt "Beleriand" erfahren will, der wird an der kraftvollen Prosa des englischen Originals seine wahre Freude haben.
Denn wo in den bisherigen Erzählungen die vorliegenden Erlebnisse fragmentarisch wirkten und dem geneigten Leser alle Konzentration abverlangten, so wird im nun erschienenen "The Children of Húrin" ein hervorragendes Beispiel dafür gegeben, wie man literarische Puzzleteile gekonnt zu einem schlüssigen Gesamtbild zusammensetzt.
Die Geschichte Húrins, welcher Morgoth, einem der ältesten Widersacher der Elben und Menschen, offen widerstand - und deren Kinder daraufhin verflucht wurden - warten mit allem auf was eine klassische Heldensage an Tod, Trauer und Verderben zu bieten hat. Wen Geschichten stören, bei denen schon von vornherein absehbar ist, wie sie ausgehen, dem sei von diesem Drama entschieden abgeraten.
Freunde klassischer Literatur englischer Sprache erfahren jedoch besonders im Originaltext die pure Urkraft und Essenz tolkienscher Prosa. Ein bestechendes Beispiel sei hierfür unter anderem das dritte Kapitel "The Words of Húrin and Morgoth" oder auch die Schilderung jener unerbittlichen letzten Ereignisse der Tragödie im finalen "The Death of Túrin".
Und doch wird es am Ende immer noch einige geben, die Christopher Tolkiens Veröffentlichung für reine Geldschneiderei halten - denen die "Introduction" zu einer anstrengenden Aneinanderreihung von Namen und Ereignissen mutiert. Die anderen begeistern nicht nur die zahlreichen Zeichnungen und Illustrationen Alan Lees und der wie üblich informative Anhang - es bietet sich ihnen der bereits erwähnte faszinierende Einblick in die Vorgeschichte "Mittelerdes" - aber auch die traurige Erkenntnis, dass J.R.R. Tolkien einfach nicht alt genug geworden ist, um sie selbst zu veröffentlichen...
Insofern kann man zwar nicht von von dem "Meisterwerk" sprechen - doch eines "Meisters Werk" ist es allemal...
The short answer is yes. As Tolkien's major tales go, this one ranks in third place after Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (or second for those who don't like the children's flavor of The Hobbit). Unlike The Silmarillion, this is a genuine story with a narrative and character development. The only deficiency is that, without those hobbits, it lacks the light and comic touch they provide, giving it a grimmer and more fatalistic feel. Unless he reads Tolkien only for the hobbits, your friend will be delighted with your gift.
Perhaps the only other Tolkien work that would top The Children of Hurin in value--and one you ought to consider if your friend doesn't have it already--is The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. It's a collection of Tolkien's letters over a six decade span (from 1914 to 1973), and it provides the definitive background to Middle earth. When I wrote the entry on "Magic in Middle earth" for The J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia, I used it almost exclusively. It was far better to let Tolkien explain what he meant than to make guesses of my own.
--Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien (a book-length LOTR chronology)
For any Tolkin fan that has already read The Simarilion and the Unfinished Tales this book holds no story value at all.
There is nothing new in this book that has not been told about Turin Turambars fate before. Its not even the same story in new words,
its really a 99% reprint (i did not count and compare words, but it feels like that).
If all you have ever read is LOTR and The Hobbit or if you are collecting this for the illustrations alone, then this book is worth its 5 stars...
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