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Which to read first: Children of Hurin or Silmarillion?//

Nira
Lorien


Jan 17 2014, 10:53pm

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Which to read first: Children of Hurin or Silmarillion?// Can't Post

 

"Why, to think of it, we're in the same tale still! It's going on. Don't the great tales never end?" -Samwise


Brethil
Half-elven


Jan 17 2014, 11:03pm

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Personally Nira, I would say Sil [In reply to] Can't Post

...just to get the overview before you get the details on Turin.
But...
In any case: you can't go wrong. CoH is a quick read, and a pleasure. Sil *is* a bit slower going, as it is much more dense. So with that being said, you cannot really make a mistake. If you want to read a more 'story like' version of the Narn to start, CoH will do nicely. Some people see Sil as a bit of a project.
Let us know what you choose - and we *will* be discussing the CoH starting April 27th. So. If you get it read, you can join us!

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Nira
Lorien


Jan 17 2014, 11:13pm

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Excellent! [In reply to] Can't Post

I got COH for Christmas. I've heard more talk about Sil, though, so I wasn't sure.

A COH discussion would be great, perfect timing. Thanks for the info! Smile

"Why, to think of it, we're in the same tale still! It's going on. Don't the great tales never end?" -Samwise

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Brethil
Half-elven


Jan 17 2014, 11:18pm

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You are welcome! Hope to see you there! [In reply to] Can't Post

And enjoy the read Nira - its a really good book.
ADDING: you can always look over the prior Sil discussions (Jan-Sept last year) to get a chapter overview either before or after you read one.

Have an idea relating to the world of JRR Tolkien that you would like to write about? If so, the Third TORn Amateur Symposium will be running in the Reading Room in April, 2014. We hope to see you there!





(This post was edited by Brethil on Jan 17 2014, 11:19pm)


simplyaven
Grey Havens


Jan 18 2014, 1:16am

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The Silmarillion. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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IdrilofGondolin
Rohan

Jan 18 2014, 3:19pm

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Seconded [In reply to] Can't Post

Read The Silmarillion first. It has background you will need to know.


Cillendor
Lorien

Jan 18 2014, 6:25pm

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I read both at once. [In reply to] Can't Post

I was a late bloomer with Tolkien and just started getting the non-movie books last year. Prior to Christmas I read up to the Narn, but completely by chance stopped there and picked up The Children of Húrin, which I'd gotten for Christmas. After reading it, I went back to The Silmarillion and realized how awesome my timing was.


imin
Valinor


Jan 25 2014, 6:55pm

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What about reading The Silmarillion [In reply to] Can't Post

and then adding The Children of Hurin and reading that when you get to that section of The Sil and then when finished going back to The Sil.

This is how i now read it and i find gives me the most enjoyment, though i first read the silmarillion then CoH as CoH wasn't realised at time of first reading The Sil.

All posts are to be taken as my opinion.


Nira
Lorien


Jan 26 2014, 5:19am

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Yes, this read-both-at-once idea makes good sense. Thanks for the tips!// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

"Why, to think of it, we're in the same tale still! It's going on. Don't the great tales never end?" -Samwise


KingTurgon
Rohan


Feb 8 2014, 8:00pm

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I think [In reply to] Can't Post

you should read Children of Hurin first, because then the Sil will connect all 3 of the famous tales (Children of Hurin, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings).

 
 

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