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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Children of Hurin Ch. 5

I'll be out of town from Thurs to Sun. So I'll just post a bunch of chapters, and anyone who wishes to can just post away about Children of Hurin.


Amy Browning said...

Okay - so now we learn of Turin's fate in Doriath.

It was interesting how Turin really tries to seperate himself as a Man among Elves during his later years in Doriath. I also can see how his loyalty to Men is almost an obstinence. I'm curious as to how this will mold his fate away from the protection of Thingol and Melian. His resitance to them is hard to understand. If I were in his position, I would think that any comfort or family-type support would be welcome. It seems like Turin views it as burdensome.

Turin really has no idea how deeply loved he is by all those around him or he does and is unable to return it. Nellas saves him from Thingol's doom and Beleg it ever faithful to a friend that doesn't seem to care as much for him in return.

I can't wait to find out how Turin will fare in the wild.

WayneThomasBatson said...

Turin is becoming a very complicated character. I agree that it's hard to fathom his motivations. It reminds me of several Greek tragedies and the infamous tragic flaw that compromises so many of the Greek protagonists.

Thing is, so many people are like Turin in a way. CS Lewis (Mere Christianity) and Larry Crabb (Inside Out) both talk about the tragic dichotomy present in mankind: that we are both horribly (perhaps even fatally) independent but at the same time utterly terrified of being alone.

Sad. But unfortunately true for many.

There is also, in Turin, a deep-seated self loathing that leads him to hurt those who love him because their love and kindness toward him rubs salt in the "I don't deserve this" wound.

Amy Browning said...

So true. He can't handle the good in his life because he is inherently cursed to a doom set upon him by the weilder of evil.

A tragedy is definitely forming as we read on. The complexity is endearing and makes Turin seem so real. We are all hopelessly flawed, some of us just deal with it differently.