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Correct on all points

Fredeghar Wayfarer
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Jan 9 2013, 9:13am


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The story appears in several versions -- an abridged summary in The Silmarillion, an unfinished version in Unfinished Tales, and a complete novel in The Children of Hurin. (Also an epic poem in The Lays of Beleriand but I haven't read that yet.)

Which one you read first depends on how interested you are in Tolkien's writing process. Whichever you read first, you may get deja vu because the text in Children of Hurin and Unfinished Tales is nearly identical in places. If you just want to experience the full story, I would recommend reading Children of Hurin. If you want to compare the different versions and what was added later, read Narn I Hin Hurin in Unfinished Tales first.


(This post was edited by Fredeghar Wayfarer on Jan 9 2013, 9:15am)

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Unfinished Tales or Children of Hurin? vexx801 Send a private message to vexx801 Jan 8 2013, 10:57pm
    Correct on all points Fredeghar Wayfarer Send a private message to Fredeghar Wayfarer Jan 9 2013, 9:13am
        Hmm. vexx801 Send a private message to vexx801 Jan 9 2013, 9:31am
            Most readers can now skip the "Narn" in UT. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jan 9 2013, 1:48pm
            As I think I recall reading Al Carondas Send a private message to Al Carondas Jan 10 2013, 4:50am

 
 
 

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