Tolkien readers have already met Húrin and the tales of Turin Turambar in the Silmarillion, but this time his story is told in further details. If it all sounded harrowing and poignant in the previous book now it just sounds tragic. Somehow knowing the details of what happened to Turin and how he was also responsible for making Morgoth’s designs come true due to his sheer stupidity, pride and arrogance makes me pity less for him and his house.
I think Tolkien had no illusions about the human race whatsoever. He didn’t love his humans, he was merciless towards them because even if you shed a tear or two for the descendants of Hurin, it is only the father himself who deserves compassion and this because Hurin was wise and lived by the teachings of the Eldar.
This is another of Tolkien’s incomplete works that has been put together and edited by his son Christopher and it is a welcome addition to the Tolkien’s collection.
Tolkien, J.R.R. (2007) The Children of Húrin. London: Harper Collins.