The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien - Yup that's right. It's a new book by the master himself. He began the work in 1918, and worked on it through many drafts but never finished it and never published it. His son Christopher, who himself was also a teacher at Oxford, has completed it.
It is scheduled for release on April 17 and you can now pre-order a copy either in hardcover or in limited deluxe hardcover.
Here's a quote from the Tolkien estate about the book:
"The story deals with a hero of the First Age, Húrin, of the race of Men, who is cursed by the Dark Lord Morgoth, and the effect this curse has on his children Túrin Turambar and Nienor.
The Children of Húrin takes the reader back to a time long before The Lord of the Rings, in an area of Middle-earth that was to be drowned before ever Hobbits appeared, and when the great enemy was still the fallen Vala, Morgoth, and Sauron only his lieutenant. This heroic romance is the tale of the Man, Húrin, who dared to defy Morgoth's force of evil, and his family's tragic destiny, as it follows his son Túrin Turambar's travails through the lost world of Beleriand."(The Tolkien Estate)
If you are a fan of Tolkien this is a must add to your collection.
More Resources about this book:
- Wikipedia article about the book (With Spoilers)
- Tolkien Library about the book (Including a contest to win a free signed copy)
- The Children of Hurin (Hard Cover pre-order at Amazon)
- The Children of Hurin: Deluxe Edition
True that Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth are written works yet the magic has been well translated to the big screen and the computer screen. And on April 24 Midway is launching its new game Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar. It is an MMORPG and it looks like it's going to be a big hit. There is already a lot of hype about it.
And here is a great thing about this game. Before you shell out the dollars for it you can give it a real try to see if you like it. Gamespot has a special program that let's you try the beta for free. They are calling it the Middle Earth World Tour and Playable Preview. Can't beat that!
Heres the Link to the gamespot free playable preview Shadows of Angmar
If you can't wait to own the game you can pre-order it on Amazon: