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The Children of Hùrin by J.R.R Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien


The history, origins and descent of the main characters are given as the leading paragraphs of the book, and the back story is elaborated upon in The Silmarillion. It begins five hundred years before the action of the book, when Morgoth, a Vala and the prime evil power, escapes from the Blessed Realm of Valinor to the north-west of Middle-earth. From his fortress of Angband he endeavours to gain control of the whole of Middle-earth, unleashing a war with the Elves that dwell in the land of Beleriand to the south.

However, the Elves manage to stay his assault, and most of their realms remain unconquered; one of the most powerful of these is Doriath, ruled by Thingol. In addition, after some time the Noldorin Elves forsake Valinor and pursue Morgoth to Middle-earth in order to take vengeance upon him. Together with the Sindar of Beleriand, they proceed to lay siege to Angband, and establish new strongholds and realms in Middle-earth, including Hithlum ruled by Fingon, Nargothrond by Finrod Felagund and Gondolin by Turgon.

Three centuries pass, during which the first Men appear in Beleriand. These are the Edain, descendants of those Men who have rebelled against the rule of Morgoth's servants and journeyed westward. Most of the Elves welcome them, and they are given fiefs throughout Beleriand. The House of Bëor rules over the land of Ladros, the Folk of Haleth retreat to the forest of Brethil, and the lordship of Dor-lómin is granted to the House of Hador. Later, other Men enter Beleriand, the Easterlings, many of whom are in secret league with Morgoth.

Eventually Morgoth manages to break the Siege of Angband in the Battle of Sudden Flame. The House of Bëor is destroyed and the Elves and Edain suffer heavy losses; however, many realms remain unconquered, including Dor-lómin, where the lordship has passed to Húrin Thalion.


The story begins with the coming of Húrin and his brother Huor to the hidden Elvish city of Gondolin. After living there for a year, they swear an oath not to reveal its location to anybody and are permitted swift passage to Dor-lómin. Once there, Húrin marries Morwen Eledhwen and they produce two children, a son who they name Túrin and a daughter, Lalaith. Lalaith dies almost in infancy, but Túrin grows to boyhood with a quiet and thoughtful nature. A kind, lame woodworker in Húrin's employ by the name of Sador becomes his first friend, and sees the first indications of Túrin's growing character.

In the disastrous defeat of the Battle of Unnumbered Tears Húrin is captured alive and taken to Angband, stronghold of the dark lord Morgoth. Morgoth personally torments Húrin, trying to force from him the location of Gondolin, but despite his efforts, Húrin defies and even scorns Morgoth. For this, Morgoth places a curse on his family whereby evil will befall them for their whole lives, and imprisons Hurin high on a mountain, forcing him to witness his family's fate through Morgoth's own twisted eyes.

At Morgoth's command, the allied Easterlings over-run Hithlum and Dor-lómin. Morwen, fearing her son's capture, sends Túrin to the Elven realm of Doriath for safety and there his emotional journey begins.

This is the story of the tragic hero Tùrin and his tragic deeds…

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Peter Jackson And Guillermo Del Toro 33% 
  2. 2. Peter Jackson 33% 
  3. 3. Alejandro González Iñárritu 33% 

Cast Results

Tùrin Turambar Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Craig Parker 25% 
  2. 2. Tom Mison 25% 
  3. 3. Tom Sturridge 25% 
  4. 4. Liam Hemsworth 25% 

Morwen Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Geraldine Somerville 25% 
  2. 2. Gina McKee 25% 
  3. 3. Heather Peace 25% 
  4. 4. Cobie Smulders 25% 

Nienor Nìniel Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Alisa Arnah 25% 
  2. 2. Amanda Seyfried 25% 
  3. 3. Lea Seydoux 25% 
  4. 4. Sophie Turner 25% 

Beleg Cùthalion Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Matthew Goode 33% 
  2. 2. Jason Isaacs 33% 
  3. 3. Barry Pepper 33% 

Melian Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Morena Baccarin 33% 
  2. 2. Neve McIntosh 33% 
  3. 3. Eva Green 33% 

Mim Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Ian McNeice 33% 
  2. 2. Frank Oz 33% 
  3. 3. John Stahl 33% 

Orodreth Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Ben Affleck 33% 
  2. 2. Stephen Mangan 33% 
  3. 3. Andrew Lincoln 33% 

Mablung Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Stuart Townshend 50% 
  2. 2. Lee Williams 50% 

Andròg Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Daniel Day-Lewis 50% 
  2. 2. Sean Maguire 50% 

Thingol Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Jason Isaacs 25% 
  2. 2. Liam Neeson 25% 
  3. 3. Alan Rickman 25% 
  4. 4. Paul Bettany 25% 

Finduilas Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Kate Winslet 33% 
  2. 2. Alana Hood 33% 
  3. 3. Rosie Huntington-Whitely 33% 

Gwindor Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Ioan Gruffudd 33% 
  2. 2. Alan Rickman 33% 
  3. 3. Charlie Cox 33% 

Saeros Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Steve Buscemi 33% 
  2. 2. James Carlton 33% 
  3. 3. Burn Gorman 33% 

Brandir Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Jake Gyllenhaal 33% 
  2. 2. Jack Gordon 33% 
  3. 3. Iain de Caestecker 33% 

Hùrin Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Lloyd Owen 25% 
  2. 2. Craig Parker 25% 
  3. 3. Iain Glen 25% 
  4. 4. Christian Bale 25% 

Glaurung (voice) Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Jackie Earle Haley 25% 
  2. 2. Andrew Buchan 25% 
  3. 3. Jeremy Irons 25% 
  4. 4. Javier Bardem 25% 

Morgoth Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Timothy Dalton 25% 
  2. 2. Ralph Fiennes 25% 
  3. 3. Lawrence Makoare 25% 
  4. 4. Michael Fassbender 25% 

Sador Labadal Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Douglas Henshall 50% 
  2. 2. Brendan Gleeson 50% 

Nellas Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Laura O'toole 100% 

Sauron Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Callum Blue 50% 
  2. 2. Iwan Rheon 50% 

Huor Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Ben Richards 100% 


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