J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Children of HÃƒÂºrin, a fleshed-out narrative version of a tale outlined briefly in The Silmarillion, has been completed by Tolkien’s son Christopher, and will be published April 17.
Here’s what the article from The Independent says:
The first new Tolkien novel for 30 years is to be published next month. In a move eagerly anticipated by millions of fans across the world, The Children of HÃƒÂºrin will be released worldwide on 17 April, 89 years after the author started the work and four years after the final cinematic instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, one of biggest box office successes in history.
The book, whose contents are being jealously guarded by publisher HarperCollins - is described as “an epic story of adventure, tragedy, fellowship and heroism.”
It is likely to be a publishing sensation, particularly as it is illustrated by veteran Middle Earth artist Alan Lee, who won an Oscar for art direction on Peter Jackson’s third film The Return of The King. …
Tolkien experts are already tipping The Children of HÃƒÂºrin - which features significant battle scenes and at least one major twist - for big budget Hollywood treatment. … Chris Crawshaw, chairman of the Tolkien Society, said: “It would probably make a very good movie, if anyone can secure the film rights.
“Tolkien saw his work as one long history of Middle Earth: from the beginning of creation to the end of the Third Age. The Children of HÃƒÂºrin is an early chapter in that bigger story.”
The author’s son Christopher, using his late father’s voluminous notes, has painstakingly completed the book, left unfinished by the author when he died in 1971. The work has taken the best part of three decades, and will signify the first “new” Tolkien book since The Silmarillion was published posthumously in 1977.
The Silmarillion, which was also completed by Christopher Tolkien and published after J.R.R.’s death, reads more like a history text than a novel, as a result of which it’s really for true Tolkien uber-nerds only. But this sounds like it will be a narrative in the LOTR style, and thus much more accessible to a broader audience. So I have high hopes. Here’s what the book’s Wikipedia page says about it:
The story deals with a hero of the First Age, HÃƒÂºrin, of the race of Men, who is cursed by the Dark Lord Morgoth, and the effect this curse has on his children TÃƒÂºrin Turambar and Nienor.
The Children of HÃƒÂºrin takes the reader back to a time long before The Lord of the Rings, in an area of Middle-earth that was to be drowned before ever Hobbits appeared, and when the great enemy was still the fallen Vala, Morgoth, and Sauron only his lieutenant. This heroic romance is the tale of the Man, HÃƒÂºrin, who dared to defy Morgoth’s force of evil, and his family’s tragic destiny, as it follows his son TÃƒÂºrin Turambar’s travails through the lost world of Beleriand. …
A brief version of the story formed the base of chapter XXI of The Silmarillion, setting the tale in the context of the wars of Beleriand. Although based on the same texts used to complete the new book, the Silmarillion account leaves out the greater part of the tale. (The Silmarillion also includes an essay Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, which tells the story of The Lord of the Rings in compressed form, which could serve as a basis for comparison.)
Needless to say, I can’t wait to read The Children of HÃƒÂºrin. I’ve added its publication date to my countdown sidebar at left.
(Hat tip: Tom Stone.)