The Children of Hurin

  • von J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Sprecher: Christopher Lee
  • 7 Std. 51 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World. In that remote time, Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the tragedy of Túrin and his sister Nienor unfolded within the shadow of the fear of Angband and the war waged by Morgoth against the lands and secret cities of the Elves. Their brief and passionate lives were dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bore them as the children of Húrin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them he sent his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire.
Into this story of brutal conquest and flight, of forest hiding-places and pursuit, of resistance with lessening hope, the Dark Lord and the Dragon enter in direly articulate form. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulated the fates of Túrin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth was fulfilled.
The earliest versions of this Tolkien story go back to the end of the First World War and the years that followed. But long afterwards, when The Lord of the Rings was finished, he revised and greatly enlarged it, enhancing complexities of motive and character. It became the dominant story in his later work on Middle-earth. But he could not bring it to a final and finished form. In this book, Christopher Tolkien has constructed, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention.


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A must for Tolkien Fans!

A sad and cruel story of the old ages of Middleearth. Wonderfully read by Christopher Lee.There is nothing cheerful about this story, but it's interesting to dive into the history of The Lord of the Rings and - thanks to the author and the speaker - pictures build up in your mind.
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- Anja

Who better to read Tolkien, than Cristopher Lee?

The epic Saga of the cursed kin of Hurin, who defied the Dark Lord Morgoth. Tolkien weaves a tragic tale in the first Age of Middle-Earth.

The powerful voice of Christopher Lee is a perfect fit for this book.

I had just finished the book, when I came across this production and bought it without a second thought. At first I wanted to listen to it later and just listened to the first 5 minutes or so to confirm my expectations, but Lee's reading tied me to my chair and I finished it right after I had finished the book without being bored for 1 second.

A definite must-have for fans of both, Tolkien and Lee. And a good start for people new to Tolkien and Middle-Earth.
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- avaudebe

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 19.09.2007
  • Verlag: HarperCollins Publishers Limited