WOW!Hurin really showed his mettle here. His resistance to Morgoth's persuasion, torture, curses and lies show that he really deserves the name "Hurin the Steadfast."Haudh-en-Nirnaeth was disturbing and showed Morgoth's pride and his hope to instill fear such that he would not be challenged. In the back of his mind, he knew he would be though.The instillation of the Easterlings was interesting. They are barbarians and the worst of what Men are in their sinful nature.
Where's Chapter Four? I've been bursting to discuss it and there is not yet a discussion thread.Pretty please...
I liked that Hurin was not fooled. He was apparently up on his lore and was able to refute Morgoth at every turn. Interesting though that Morgoth is actually Melkor, one of the Valar. Hmmm...
What does that really mean? And who are the Valor? I may be missing the point. Is it mainly that Melkor is ancient and existed before Earth was created?
The Valar are like really powerful angelic beings, created by Illuvatar (Tolkien's God figure) to rule/watch over the earth.There's a really good synopsis of this on Wiki:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vala_(Middle-earth)
Wow - so he's the "fallen" of the ones who were "thought" of by Iluvatar (God-figure/creator)? That Wik article was a great explaination. I guess now's a good time to admit that I've never read LOTR. *cringing and ducking blows of sharp, pointy things* I tried a few years ago, but got tuned off by all the geneology and the sheer length. Now, however, I relish a good long series and in-depth description. But - everyone will have to endure my Tolkien ignorance. Sorry.
Haven't read LOTR (gasp!) What speakest thou? 'Tis outrage!LOLAnd when you speak of geneaologies are you sure you don't mean the Silmarillion? LOTR has some small name lists, but not many, and not cumbersome.Jumping horney toads, Amy, you've got to read LOTR at some point in life. ;-)
I know, I know. I'm actually waiting until I finish "Children of Hurin" before I begin LOTR. I have a copy of it on my book shelf. It's all 3 books in one.I'll keep you posted on my progress as soon as we finish this one. I'm sure I'll be aching to discuss it. And now that my shameful secret is out, I'll have no quams about talking to everyone about it. I'm actually really excited to read it now. Tolkien's language is incredible and I adore the pacing and complexity of this book, and seeing that LOTR is so phenomenally popular, I'm sure to love it.
Go Hurin!!! How many others could stand up to Morgoth like that and the torture he is suffering? I don't think many could.It's hard to imagine how many bodies there must have been to make Haudh-en-Nirnaeth into a hill. The name of the battle is very fitting.
Amy you haven't read LOTR?!? Well I'm glad you're going to read it and not by the point of some sharp pointy thing I hope. Forced enjoyment is the worst way to do anything. It's not half so fun as having a free will to like something.I'm not even sure how I managed to get hooked on the books to tell you the truth. Nobody in my family had read them before me. Now my sister loves them.
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