THE CHILDREN OF HÚRIN [NARN I CHÎN HÚRIN: The Tale of the Children of Húrin]. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. Illustrated by Alan Lee.
[London]: HarperCollins Publishers. . First edition, Canadian issue, second impression. Hardcover. First edition, Canadian issue, second impression. Octavo, original blue boards titled in gold on spine panel. 313 pp. Illustrated with 8 full-page colour plates, plus chapter headings and illustrated dust wrapper, all by Alan Lee. Folding map at rear. The Canadian issue differs from the UK edition in that the front dust jacket flap is priced in Canadian Dollars rather then in Pounds Sterling. Curiously, this second impression is much scarcer then the first. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #4391
¶ The Children of Húrin is a tale set in a time long before The Lord of the Rings, in an area of Middle-earth that was to be drowned before Hobbits appeared, and when the great enemy was still the fallen Vala, Morgoth, and Sauron was only Morgoth's lieutenant. This heroic romance is the tale of the Man, Húrin, who dared to defy Morgoth, and his family's tragic destiny, as it follows his son Túrin Turambar's travels through the lost world of Beleriand. Tolkien wrote the original version of the story in the late 1910s, revised it several times later, but did not complete it before his death in 1973. His son, Christopher Tolkien, edited the manuscripts to form a consistent narrative, and published it in 2007 as an independent work.