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The Children Of Hurin Essay

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The book I read is titled The Children of Húrin. It is an early section of the middle earth series written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book was published in 2007 by Houghton Miflfin. Tolkien had began to write the book in the mid 1910s but never finished it, however, his son, Christopher Tolkien used notes made by tolkien to finish the book. I chose this book since I have read other books by Tolkien and wanted to read more about the years before The Hobbit.
The story begins with Húrin as the name suggests. Húrin was a human that lived in a in a town called Dor-lomin with his brother Huor, while in a company of scouts orcs attacked the company. The brothers were the only ones that lived and became lost and would have died if not for the eagles that picked them up and delivered them to Gondolin. Although the elves did not allow humans in in the secret city of Gondolin they found favour with the king ...view middle of the document...

He became the adopted son of the king and grew up as royalty. An elf that hated humans attacked Túrin so he ripped off the elf’s clothes and chased him through the forest to humiliate him. Unfortunately, the elf accidentally ran off a cliff. Túrin ran so that he wouldn’t be arrested and finds shelter with a band of outcasts. Meanwhile his friend Beleg convinced the king to drop the charges. Beleg searches for Túrin and finally finds him a year later as the leader of the outcast band. Túrin was to prideful to go back. Beleg decides to join Túrin. Eventually the outlaws grow in number and the orcs attack them since they posed a risk against Morgoth. Everyone dies except Túrin who is captured and Bleg who was supposed to be tortured but was saved by a dying outlaw. Beleg then searches for Túrin and meets an elf named Gwindor who joins him. While searching an orc camp Beleg finds Túrin. After being lead away from the camp by Beleg Túrin is disoriented and afraid. Beleg begins to cut Túrin’s ropes when his knife slips and cuts Túrin, Túrin thinks that Beleg is an orc and stabs him. After a flash of lightning revealed Belegs face Túrin became panicked from the shock and was unable to accept what happened. Gwindor led Túrin to his home in Nargothrond where Túrin became the commander of the army. Túrin was to certain in his ways and wasn’t able to notice that Morgoth was coming. an army of orcs lead by a dragon destroyed the city and Túrin’s friends. Túrin sister comes to his aid but falls victim to a curse from the dragon. She is not able to remember anything and when she meets Túrin she falls in love with him and since he never met her he doesn't know that she’s his sister. They get married and she becomes pregnant. Túrin goes back the the city and kills the dragon, after the dragon died the curse was lifted so Túrin’s sister could remember again. Once she could remember that he was her brother she threw herself off a cliff. When Túrin heard that she had died he killed the man that told him since he thought it was a lie. After finding out that it was true he went to the same cliff and killed himself with his sword.

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