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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. R. R. Tolkien Narrator: Christopher Lee Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

In that remote time, Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the tragedy of Túrin and his sister Nienor unfolded within the shadow of the fear of Angband and the war waged by Morgoth against the lands and secret cities of the Elves. Their brief and passionate lives were dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bore them as the children of Húrin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them he sent his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire.

Into this story of brutal conquest and flight, of forest hiding-places and pursuit, of resistance with lessening hope, the Dark Lord and the Dragon enter in direly articulate form. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulated the fates of Túrin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth was fulfilled.

The earliest versions of this Tolkien story go back to the end of the First World War and the years that followed. But long afterwards, when The Lord of the Rings was finished, he revised and greatly enlarged it, enhancing complexities of motive and character. It became the dominant story in his later work on Middle-earth. But he could not bring it to a final and finished form. In this book, Christopher Tolkien has constructed, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jon Becerril | 2/15/2014

    " Really good book. The only bad part was the ending. Christopher Tolkien probably wrote it. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tori | 2/10/2014

    " A good gateway into reading The Silmarillion. A sad tale about fate that is reminiscent of the tragic heroes of Greek and Roman myth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kailey | 1/18/2014

    " Sad tale, but heart warming in bits as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jean | 1/17/2014

    " This book is really depressing. Not at all like the usual Tolkien stories of hope at the end of all those leagues the characters must travel on horseback. "

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About the Author

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other tales of Middle-earth, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.