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