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After long study of the various manuscripts that composed this early tale of Middle-Earth, Christopher Tolkien has constructed a coherent and epic narrative that composes a crucial part of his father’s literary oeuvre. In the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West following the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World, Morgoth—the first Dark Lord—dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron. As he waged war against the lands and secret cities of the Elves, the tragedy of Túrin and his sister Nienor unfolds. Their brief and passionate lives are dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bears them as the children of Húrin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them Morgoth sends his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulates the fates of Túrin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth is fulfilled. Unabridged and read by Christopher Lee—the actor who portrayed Saruman in the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy—this is a gripping story of Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, and struggle and revenge.
J. R. R. Tolkien is best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Christopher Tolkien is the son and appointed literary executor of J. R. R. Tolkien. He has devoted himself to the publication of his father’s unpublished writings, notably The History of Middle-earth and The Silmarillion.