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The Story of Kullervo
The Story of Kullervo | J.R.R. Tolkien
The first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. "Hapless Kullervo," as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny. Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruelest of fates. Tolkien himself said that The Story of Kullervo was "the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own," and was "a major matter in the legends of the First Age." Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. Published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the Kalevala, The Story of Kullervo is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.
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uberlibris
The Story of Kullervo | J.R.R. Tolkien
Mehso-so

For the die-hard Tolkien fan. Also of interest to anyone who likes translations from Old English or old Nordic languages.

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LRSmith
The Story of Kullervo | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Missed one!

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Jennymay
The Story of Kullervo | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Pickpick

Perhaps the darkest and most tragic of Tolkien‘s works, a truly gripping read!

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InLibrisVeritas
The Story of Kullervo | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Pickpick

This falls somewhere between a Pick and So-So for me. It's really interesting to see the beginnings of Tolkien's later works, specifically The Children of Hurin and Turin; however this was not an easy book to actually read. It is an unfinished worked by Tolkien, so his notes are a bit jumbled as is the story itself. It also includes his essay on the original ballad, twice (one draft & the final). I enjoyed it but it just sidnt capture me.

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LifeInPages
The Story of Kullervo | J.R.R. Tolkien
Pickpick

Overall the book was good. It was interesting because it's Tolkien's 1st known written work even if it's unfinished. If you like Tolkien and getting to understand how 1 of the greatest authors became to be then it's a must read.
It's hard to read but so worth it.

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LifeInPages
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Started reading this and so far it's interesting. I feel like it's trying to tell a creation story but not. I've just started so Idk if it'll stay that way.

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Doppoetry
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Bookwomble
The Story of Kullervo | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Pickpick

There's not much I can say that editor Verlyn Flieger doesn't say in her commentary. To be repetitious, this volume contains Tolkien's 41 page unfinished adaptation of an episode from the Finnish poem, The Kalevala; his draft notes and more polished notes for a presentation to a university society; Flieger's commentary and notes on those presentations; and finally her own essay on Tolkien's story and its significance for his legendarium. 👇

Bookwomble I don't think it's going too far out on a limb to say that this is really going to appeal mainly to Tolkien enthusiasts (mea culpa!). But, if you've read beyond The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and on into The Silmarillion and The Children of Húrin then you likely will find something here of interest. 1y
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Raminga
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💟 #tolkien 💟 #fantasy 💟 #tolkienaddicted 💟

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Daisey
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Pickpick

I debated between so-so & pick, but I did enjoy reading this. I would recommend finding a library copy, rather than buying, if you are a serious Tolkien fan interested in the development of his stories. The short story is an incomplete draft, but it clearly shows the origins of Tolkien's characters Turin & Huan. I also found the essays interesting.

More in Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2247654028

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Daisey Another fun fact I learned from Tolkien's essay on the Kalavela was that this collection of Finnish myth also provided inspiration for Longfellow in his writing style for Hiawatha. 2y
tpixie @Daisey !!!! 2y
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Daisey
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While we‘re in between books for our readalong I decided to read this one I happened to find at the library. This morning I read the story (approx 35 pages) and some included plot notes. Later today I‘ll finish the essays in the book. The story is a retelling of a story of Finnish mythology and it is a draft. This is not at all a complete story, but it does show where Tolkien got the idea for his story of Turin.

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Lacythebookworm Great mug! 💕 2y
Daisey @Lacythebookworm Thanks! 😊 2y
ghosthost The message on your mug made me laugh. 2y
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Daisey @ghosthost 😂 Kind of made me laugh too. I have always enjoyed Tolkien and have gotten so much more from reading a chapter a day with discussion, but it's also a little crazy to think I've been reading his work on a pretty much daily basis for almost half a year. 2y
tpixie @Daisey you‘ve done a good job following through with this project!! I‘d have to quit my 3 bookclubs to manage it. Hopefully some day! 2y
Daisey @tpixie I've had to give up a few other things to keep up with it, but I've enjoyed it so much! 2y
tpixie @Daisey 👏🏻🎉👏🏻 2y
tpixie I think it‘s a great accomplishment and worth it! 2y
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Daisey
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#LotRChapteraDay friends, I may not be done yet. I don‘t make it to the library often, using mainly the online resources, but today I stopped in for something else and decided to see what Tolkien was on the shelf.

The blurb describes Kullervo as “perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien‘s characters” and ancestor of Turin Turambar.

Also, #Hoopla has an album entitled “Of Luthien and Beren” if you need reading music.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m not the only one who‘s been sucked in! LOL. I haven‘t heard of the dark one, but I still have a book of Lost tales and The Atlas of Tolkien on my shelf. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just looked, the other Tolkien on my shelf is 2y
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I also have Unfinished Tales on my personal shelf and I want to read the rest of Tales from the Perilous Realm that I bought! I think The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun is actually related to Old Norse legends and is not connected to Middle-Earth. He also wrote one about King Arthur that I did not check out today. (edited) 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey I believe you are right, and I know he has a Beowulf too. I didn‘t know about the King Arthur one though. The rest of the Perilous Realm was very good, mostly unrelated to Middle Earth, but I quite enjoyed them. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ll definitely keep my eyes open for the 2y
InLibrisVeritas I kind of want to continue onward as well. I have Unfinished Tales on my shelves as well, along with the first part of the Lost Tales. I'll have to try and find Kullervo! 2y
JazzFeathers Wait, wait!! If you are reading the Lost Tale, l want in!!!! I have to check which volume l have, since l only have one of the three published. Of course l'm planning to get the other two 😁 2y
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Last October my Tolkien group organised a little conference about Tolkien's inspiration. I talked about the Edda. Two other members talked about Beowulf and the Kalevala. Apparently, Tolkien was very impressed with the story of Kullervo from the Kalevala, but he didn't like hoe it was written. So he rewrote it. 2y
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Then he wrote it again to incorporate the story into Middle Earth and it became The Children of Hurin. I understand Tolkien's version of Kullervo and The Children if Hurin are very very similar 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @InLibrisVeritas The Unfinished Tales was part of my ugly cover set I bought back in HS, so I‘m definitely going to read it soonish, it‘s the last one I already own, but haven‘t read yet. I‘m pretty sure my library has some of the lost tales additions, I‘ll have to check it out. 2y
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @InLibrisVeritas @JazzFeathers Do we all have a copy of The Unfinished Tales available that we could continue with that if there is interest? I will need to double check my edition, but I think I have the same one Melissa tagged above. I don't have the two volumes of Lost Tales but with time I could look into maybe finding them. 2y
Daisey @JazzFeathers The info about Kullervo is interesting. It seems to be fairly short, so I'm going to try to fit in reading it while I have it checked out from the library and will let you all know what I think. 2y
Daisey @Rachbb3 Thought you might want to check in on this discussion too. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Let me know what you guys want to do, I half feel like a break, but once you stop it‘s would be hard to circle back. So I‘m up for whatever, as long as I can find the volume. And right now all the side stories are pretty fresh in my mind so it‘s a good time too. 2y
InLibrisVeritas @Daisey I'm good to go if we do Unfinished Tales. The others I could purchase on ebook, since I use text to speech anyway while at work. 2y
Rachbb3 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @InLibrisVeritas @JazzFeathers I would love to continue on with Unfinished Tales, I don't have a copy, but Amazon Prime does. 😁😉 Let me know what you all decide. Thank you for the tag @Daisey 💟 2y
JazzFeathers Just checked. I have the first volume of the Lost Tales. Would you gals be willing to wait 'till l get the Unfinished Takes? May take me a week, though... (l'm getting it from my shop) 2y
InLibrisVeritas @JazzFeathers I am, it'd be a nice little breather. I'm a go with the flow kind of person, so I'm good with it if everyone else is. Should we shoot for the week after next or push it further? (edited) 2y
Daisey I like the idea of a short break of a week or two, whatever works best for everyone. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Works for me. Just let me know when we are starting again. I‘ll wait to start with the group. I checked in the meantime, I have the Unfinished Tales, and the Library and Hoopla both have The Lost Tales book 1 and 2, other then that I‘ll have to order them too. (edited) 2y
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks for checking Hoopla, I had forgotten to check there! I may still buy them to add to my collection but good to know I have another option. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey They had a bunch of other non-middle Earth ones too by him. The King Arthur, Beowulf, Letters from Father Christmas, and a few others. 2y
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I wonder if some changed recently because I know I‘ve looked him up before and do not remember seeing some of those. Or maybe I was just in a different frame of mind. Either way, I marked his author page for future reference. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey Maybe all of us requesting them from the library filtered up to their selections? 2y
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JoCo1990
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Just love Tolkien, and was rather excited for this find at work yesterday :) added too the pile of things I need to finish reading.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉👍📚 3y
Marchpane Wow that book sounds good! I need to find. And welcome! 3y
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ElizabethAndino
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Bailedbailed

Didn't have the attention or time to really get into this one over the weekend.

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AStoriedSoul
The Story of Kullervo | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Another unearthed classic by Tolkien–The Story of Kullervo! It's dark and tragic, focusing on a boy seeking revenge against the magician who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried three times to kill him. This is a short work but illustrates yet again Tolkien's mastery of storytelling.

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lydiathegrey
The Story of Kullervo | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Interested in reading this soon!