Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – Túrin Among the Outlaws

Túrin runs afoul of a band of Men, outlaws who prove to need his skill more than they need any treasure they think they can pull from him.  By killing one of the best among them, Túrin is able to take his place, claiming the first of his many false names: Neithan.  By the same means, … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – Túrin Among the Outlaws

Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – Túrin in Doriath

Túrin grows to manhood in Doriath, watched over in secret by Melian.  Beleg Strongbow trained him in the martial arts and crafts of the realm, in which Túrin most excelled at the sword.  As Túrin grew, he gained a bitter rival in Saeros, son of Ithilbor.  Saeros was one of the Nandor, who took refuge … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – Túrin in Doriath

Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Departure of Túrin

In Húrin's absence, times are rough for Morwen.  She is poor, but she bitterly accepts alms to squeak by for the sake of Túrin and her unborn child.  The house slips into decay, and it is only by the aid of Aerin, a kinswoman, that she survives.  Aerin was taken by force by Brodda, an Easterling … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Departure of Túrin

Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Words of Húrin and Morgoth

Nirnaeth Arnoediad: The Battle of Un-numbered Tears.  The first time I heard of this, I was attempting to read The Children of Húrin a decade ago when that was first released.  Much of it really didn't stick with me at the time, but I remembered that.  When we got to that part of The Silmarillion, I … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Words of Húrin and Morgoth

Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Childhood of Túrin

A large part of Unfinished Tales is dedicated to the Narn i Hîn Húrin, or The Tale of the Children of Húrin.  In fact, it says in The Silmarillion, "Thus was the fate of Túrin woven, which is fulltold in that lay that is called Narn i Hîn Húrin, or The Tale of the Children of Húrin, and … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Childhood of Túrin

Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin

Silmarillion Blues: The Tolkien Quest returns!  For those coming in late, this project started back in August of 2015 with The Hobbit, continued through The Lord of the Rings and "Bilbo's Last Song," and finally with The Silmarillion.  That is, we've made it through the canonical writings so far.  For the most part, with few … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – I. Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin

Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales: The Quest Begins

As I previously posted, today's the day Libromancer's Apprentice and I continue once more on the Silmarillion Blues quest through Middle-Earth, picking up where we left off.  For those of you joining in, we post the first chapter blog of Unfinished Tales in two weeks, July 1.  Barring any unforeseen interference (hopefully that's behind us … Continue reading Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales: The Quest Begins