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For many the synonym for fantasy is J.R.R. Tolkien. He literary changed the world with his stories of Bilbo and Frodo, and a new genre was created, fantasy literature. Today you almost can't read the back cover of any fantasy novel without seeing the "compared to Tolkien" quote, and not without reason. With "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" he created true masterpieces and has without doubt been the inspiration source for most of today's fantasy authors.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South-Africa January 3rd 1892. In 1895, Tolkien, his younger brother and his mother moves back to England. After completing his studies at Oxford University, he joins the army in 1915. In 1916 he marries Edith Bratt, before he leaves for France to serve in the First World War. Later the same year he returns to England with shell shock. In 1917 his first son is born. After the war, he works as a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and until his retirement in 1959, Merton Professor of English Language and Literature. In 1926 Tolkien meets C.S. Lewis and the two enter into a lifelong friendship. September 2nd 1973 at the age of 81 Tolkien dies in Bournemouth.

Middle-Earth Saga, The
The Children of Hurin(1 reviews)  
The Children of Húrin  
Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth(1 reviews)  
Silmarillion, The(12 reviews)  
Hobbit, The(18 reviews)  
Bilbo's Last Song  
Adventures of Tom Bombadil, The  
Lord of the Rings, The(33 reviews)
Lord of the Rings, The  
Fellowship of the Ring, The(14 reviews)  
Two Towers, The(3 reviews)  
Return of the King, The(3 reviews)  
The Two Towers(1 reviews)  
History of Middle-Earth, The
Book of Lost Tales, Part One, The  
Book of Lost Tales, Part Two, The  
Lays of Beleriand, The(1 reviews)  
Shaping of Middle-Earth: the Quenta, the Ambarkanta, and the  
Lost Road and Other Writings, The  
Return of the Shadow; the History of the Lord of the Rings,  
Treason of Isengard; the History of the Lord of the Rings, P  
War of the Ring; the History of the Lord of the Rings, Part  
Sauron Defeated: the End of the Third Age, the Notion Club P  
Morgoth's Ring: the Later Silmarillion, Part One  
War of the Jewels: the Later Silmarillion, Part Two, The  
Peoples of Middle-Earth, The  
Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien  
Roverandom(1 reviews)  
Smith of Wooten Major  
Tolkien Reader  
Tree and Leaf  
Father Christmas Letters  
Farmer Giles of Ham(1 reviews)  
Mr. Bliss  

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The Children of Hurin

Hobbit reviews The Children of Hurin in audiobook format: how did it compare to the book?

The Children of Húrin

A new Tolkien book is an event; and so we have a special reviewer. Author Wayne Thomas Batson is a long time fan of Tolkien, and he has reviewed The Children of Hurin for us.