Tolkien is one of my favorite authors of all time. His books really made me love fantasy as a genre and have shaped and influenced more than half of my life. I read the short version of this story that’s in The Silmarillion, so I was excited to read the long version. Plus, the version I have is illustrated by Alan Lee, who did the concept art for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, so that made this nerd very happy.
Reading Challenge: A book with nonhuman characters
Summary: This book is an epic, which spans a whole family’s history, focusing mainly on Turin. Turin is the son of Hurin, who was captured and cursed by Melkor. After growing up with the elves and training to become a warrior, Turin goes on to have many adventures. All the while, he longs to rejoin the family he left behind.
Likes: This story is incredibly rich and detailed. The world-building, as with all of Tolkien’s works, is incredible. There are also a whole cast of deep and well-developed characters.
Dislikes: The story is a little slow to start and can be a little confusing, because Tolkien loves to change the names of people and places in traditional epic style.
TL;DR: This book is a must-read for any Tolkien fan!