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JRR Tolkien THE CHILDREN OF HURIN First Edition Signed

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First UK edition, first print hardback of THE CHILDREN OF HÚRIN, by J. R. R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien and published by Harper Collins Publishers, London in 2007. With the number '1' on the copyright page. Signed by the illustrator Alan Lee on the Title Page. It includes 8 colour plates and 25 black and white illustrations by Lee. With a fold out map at the back.

The book is in near fine condition (clean blue boards with gilt lettering on spine) with minimal shelf wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of 'The Hobbit'.

It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to 'The Hobbit' and gradually Tolkien wrote 'The Lord of the Rings', a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving 'The Silmarillion' to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

The Children of Húrin is the most recently published story to take place in Middle-earth. It was started in 1918 and had been revised many times, but it wasn't published until 2007, when more than thirty years of notes written by J.R.R. Tolkien were compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. The Children of Húrin, begun in 1918, was one of three 'Great Tales' J.R.R. Tolkien worked on throughout his life, though he never realized his ambition to see it published.

Though familiar to many fans from extracts and references within other Tolkien books, it has long been assumed that the story would forever remain an 'unfinished tale'. Reconstructed by Christopher Tolkien, painstakingly editing together the complete work from his father's many drafts, this book is the culmination of a tireless thirty-year endeavor by him to bring J.R.R. Tolkien's vast body of unpublished work to a wide audience.

Having drawn the distinctive maps for the original The Lord of the Rings more than 50 years ago, Christopher Tolkien also included an excursus on the evolution of the tale, several genealogical tables, and a redrawn map of Beleriand. The book is illustrated with colour plates by the renowned artist by Alan Lee, illustrator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Centenary Edition and Oscar winning designer of the film trilogy. It contains editorial notes on the text in Appendices.

"There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings, and 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 Turin 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 Hurin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them he sent his 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 Turin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth was fulfilled.

The earliest versions of this story by J.R.R. Tolkien 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 wrote it anew and greatly enlarged it in complexities of motive and character: it became the dominant story in his later work on Middle-earth. But he could not bring it to final and finished form. In this book I have endeavoured to construct, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention." - Christopher Tolkien

‘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' - Independent on Sunday

'The darkest of all Tolkien's tales. Alan Lee's illustrations complement the writing splendidly' - Times Literary Supplement

313 pages. Illustrated with colour plates and black & white drawings.

ISBN: 0 00724622 6

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