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Children of Hurin

The 16th April marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of The Children of Húrin, the tragic tale of Túrin Turambar and his sister Nienor. It was first Conceived in the 1910s as one of the great tales of the First Age – alongside The Fall of Gondolin and Beren and Lúthien. The story tells of the lord Húrin who has three children, Túrin, Lalaith and Nienor, with his wife Morwen during the First Age of Middle Earth. Turin lived in Dor-lómin with Hurin, Morwen, and his sister Urwen. Sadly Urwen died as a child from a plague then Hurin is taken prisoner by Morgoth after the Battle of Unnumbered Tears who places a evil curse upon Húrin and all his family

During Húrin’s imprisonment Túrin is sent by his mother to live in the Elf-realm Doriath for protection. In his absence Morwen gave birth to her third child, Niënor, a girl. The Elf King Thingol of Doriath takes Túrin as a foster-son. During his time in Doriath Túrin befriends an Elf named Beleg. After accidentally causing the death of the Elf Saeros Túrin flees Doriath and refuses to face judgement and becomes an outlaw. Thingol tries Túrin in absentia and ultimately pardons him and dispatches Beleg to bring him back to Doriath. Túrin meanwhile joins a band of outlaws in the wild, he renames himself Neithan, “the wronged” and eventually becomes their captain. Beleg locates the band while Túrin is absent, and the outlaws tie him to a tree until he agrees to give them information. Túrin returns in time to cut Beleg free and Beleg delivers the message of the king’s pardon but Túrin refuses to return to Doriath so Beleg returns alone to Doriath.

Túrin and his men capture Mîm, a Petty-dwarf, who leads them to the caves at Amon Rûdh. Beleg decides to return to Túrin, who welcomes him at Amon Rûdh. Both The outlaws and Mim resent the elf’s presence. Mîm betrays the outlaws to orcs, leading the orcs to the caves to Túrin’s company who are all killed, apart for Beleg and Túrin. The Orcs take Túrin towards Angband, leaving Beleg chained to a rock. Mîm is about to kill Beleg after the orcs depart however one of the mortally wounded outlaws manages to drive Mîm away and release Beleg before dying. Beleg follows the orcs and finds a mutilated elf, Gwindor of Nargothrond, sleeping in the forest of Taur-nu-Fuin. They enter the orc camp at night and carry Túrin, asleep, from the camp. Beleg begins to cut Túrin’s bonds with his sword Anglachel, but the sword slips in his hand and cuts Túrin. Túrin, mistaking Beleg for an orc, kills Beleg with his own sword. Overcome with grief He refuses to leave Beleg’s body until morning, when Gwindor is able to bury the elf. Túrin takes the sword Anglachel.

Túrin and Gwindor proceed to Nargothrond. There Túrin gains the favour of Elf King Orodreth, and leads the Elves to many victories, until he becomes Orodreth’s chief counsellor and commander of his forces. Against all advice Túrin refuses to hide Nargothrond from Morgoth or to retract his plans for full-scale battle. Morgoth sends an orc-army under the command of the dragon, Glaurung, and The orcs sack Nargothrond and capture its citizens. Túrin returns as the prisoners are to be led away by the orcs, and encounters Glaurung who tricks him into returning to Dor-lómin to seek out Morwen and Niënor instead of rescuing the prisoners, including Finduilas, Orodreth’s daughter, who loved him.

In Dor-lómin Túrin learns that Morwen and Niënor are in Doriath, and that Glaurung deceived him into letting Finduilas go to her death. He tracks Finduilas’ captors to the forest of Brethil, only to learn that she was murdered by the orcs. Grief-stricken, Túrin seeks sanctuary among the folk of Haleth. In Brethil Túrin renames himself Turambar, “Master of Doom” in Quenya, and gradually supplants Brandir, Brethil’s lame Chieftain. Meanwhile In Doriath Morwen and Niënor hear rumours of Túrin’s deeds, and Morwen decides to find Túrin. Against the counsel of Thingol she rides out of Doriath alone, and Niënor conceals herself among the riders whom Thingol sends under Mablung to follow and protect Morwen. At Nargothrond, Mablung encounters Glaurung, who slaughters the elf Riders. Finding Niënor alone, Glaurung learns her identity and hypnotizes her into forgetting who she is and everything else.

Mablung attempts to return to Doriath with Niënor. The two are attacked by orcs, Niënor runs into the woods eventually collapsing near Brethil on the grave of Finduilas, where Turambar finds her. He and brings her back to the town, and she gradually recovers the use of speech, although she has no memory of her past life. Niënor and Turumbar develop a strong attraction. They marry, not realising their kinship, and Niënor becomes pregnant. Sadly Glaurung returns to exterminate the men of Brethil. So Turambar leads an expedition to kill Glaurung who has one more nasty surprise left and when Niënor finds Turin, Glaurung informs her that she and Turambar are in fact brother and sister which has tragic results..

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