Veith on Tolkien’s “Children of Hurin”

As the Over the Rhine song goes: "Like all true believers, I am truly skeptical of all that I have said." … [Read more...]

Another “Children of Hurin” Review

I've heard The Lord of the Rings described as a defense of Western Civilisation before... and explained as a justification for all kinds of things, including Western shows of military force. But this review of The Children of Hurin takes a different perspective. J R R Tolkien was the most Christian of 20th-century writers, not because he produced Christian allegory and apologetics like his friend C S Lewis, but because he uniquely portrayed the tragic nature of what Christianity replaced. … [Read more...]

Salon on “The Children of Hurin” reviews Tolkien's The Children of Hurin. While debating whether to break up the chair for winter firewood, Sador talks to Túrin, the young son of Húrin who will soon be sent into exile and become the wandering, accursed hero of this gloomy, gory and highly compelling tale. "I wasted my time," Sador says of his long labors, "though the hours seemed pleasant. But all such things are short-lived; and the joy in the making is their only true end, I guess."It's impossible not to hear J … [Read more...]

"The Children of Hurin" – J.R.R. Tolkien’s "latest"

My friend and fellow Tolkien enthusiast Geoffrey DeWeese was surprised and upset when I expressed skepticism about the upcoming release of a "new" story by J.R.R. Tolkien.I confess, I was feeling really cynical about the whole affair. I've never found the immeasurable amount of extra Middle-Earth material to be compelling or even very interesting. Give me the enthralling narratives of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Give me more of his children's stories, like the Father Christmas … [Read more...]