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

Níniel, Maid of Tears.  After a long night of running naked and without memory or purpose through the woods, this is the name Nienor is given by Túrin Turambar when she is found.  He does not know his sister, but he knows the light she has brought to his world at long last, prompting him … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – Nienor in Brethil

Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Journey of Morwen and Nienor to Nargothrond

Winter gives way to spring, and word of Nargothrond reaches Doriath via survivors attempting to reach King Thingol.  Reports differ, but all know that Túrin is the Blacksword.  Thingol believes him dead, but would have the full story of Nargothrond in any case.  Seeking to spare ill tidings, he bids Morwen and Nienor to remain … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Journey of Morwen and Nienor to Nargothrond

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

"I do but follow my trade, which is Orc-slaying," said Túrin.  "And I dwell where my trade is.  I am Wildman of the Woods." The pattern we've come to know so well from this tale in The Silmarillion continues, wherein Túrin changes his name at every turn, taking on a different mantle for every stranger he … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Coming of Túrin into Brethil

A Middle-Earth Traveller: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor by John Howe

When it comes to the visual interpretations Middle-Earth, there are three artists whom I rank as personal favorites.  First, there is Tolkien himself, whose illustrations accompanied the original editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  And then there is Alan Lee and John Howe, whose magnificent illustrations informed Peter Jackson's cinematic versions … Continue reading A Middle-Earth Traveller: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor by John Howe

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

We begin with Túrin arriving in the first ice of winter at the pools of Ivrin after "forty leagues or more" of a journey without rest.  As Biblically-patterned as The Silmarillion is, I can't help but wonder if Tolkien means a literal forty leagues, or if it's the standard medieval translation of "we don't know how … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – The Return of Túrin to Dorlómin

Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – Of Mim the Dwarf

Enter: Mim, who is mistaken by Túrin's band as an Orc when he defends himself by biting the hands of his attackers.  When Túrin vows to spare Mim and that none in his party should harm the Dwarf, Mim wraps his arms around Túrin's knees.  I noticed in my rereads of Homer recently that this method of … Continue reading Unfinished Tales – Part One: The First Age – II. Narn i Hîn Húrin – The Tale of the Children of Húrin – Of Mim the Dwarf

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