Chrissiejane wrote:As I read this account, I saw Turin as a man shaped by his early childhood pain, who would thereafter respond to the world in a way that would somehow exacerbate and increase the effect of the curse on his life.
Mm yes. I think this is so also.
M wrote: I've tried, but I can't warm to the character of Túrin - I'm always waiting for him to bring the kiss of death to the next worthy person and I can't forgive him for killing Beleg.
Neither can I, although, I do agree with Merry this Turin seems more likeable (for lack of a better word) than the novel Turin. Not sure if it has anything to do with the length of the story. Like you M, by the time we reach Nienor you're done with the Greek tragedy thing.
Merry wrote:I was really moved by Hurin's defiant theological discouse with Morgoth, especially his finding hope in the fact that Morgoth may win in this world, but there is still life beyond the circles of the world, with Morgoth countering in the claim that there is nothing there. Go Hurin!
Yes, I love that whole dialog between the two of them. Because really, in the end of it, Hurin wins the argument. The only action Morgoth could take to shut him up was by brute force...the uncivilized thing to do.
Did you feel that Mim and his kin were the precurser to the dwarves we knew in LoTR. Dwarves moved from being semi comical characters to hard core creatures of Middle-earth? The change is remarkable.