The Children of Hurin

My favorite fictional tale, aside from 1984, is the entire serious of books about the fantasy world J.R.R. Tolkien created including the Lord of the Rings. I also really enjoy The Silmarillion and all of the many writings about the first age. My favorite story from The Silmarillion (it is a narrative of an age, including many individual stories) is the story of Turin Turambar. So when it came out that Tolkien’s son was putting together a full book with a constant and complete narrative like a regular book (and unlike some of the other books he’s put together), I was ecstatic. The book, entitled The Children of Húrin, is set to come out next month. This is the cover page:

Childrin of Hurin cover

Also, for amusements sake, a funny You Tube video about the Lord of the Rings:

Of course this isn’t exactly plausible as the eagles were not meant to take a direct roll, but were observers for Manwe, the ruling god on earth.

I’m part way through writing a very long post about Iraq, and hopefully will finish it within the next week.


5 Responses to The Children of Hurin

  1. ansel says:

    Oops, something happened to my comment. The first part of it was omitted:

    Check out this video.

  2. ansel says:

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    Car-bombers defy all odds
    By Mike Davis

    NEWS ITEM: Two truck bombs struck markets in Tal Afar on Tuesday, killing at least 66 people. One of the blasts occurred when an explosives-laden truck was detonated by remote control while people gathered to buy the flour it was carrying in a Shi’ite neighborhood in the center of the city, 420 kilometers northwest of Baghdad.

    Despite heroic reassurances from both the White House and the Pentagon that the six-week-old US escalation in Baghdad and al-

    Anbar province is proceeding on course, suicide car-bombers continue to devastate Shi’ite and Sunni neighborhoods, often under the noses of reinforced US patrols and checkpoints.

    Indeed, February was a record month for car bombings, with at least 44 deadly explosions in Baghdad alone, and March promises to duplicate the carnage.

    Car bombs, moreover, continue to evolve in horror and lethality. In January and March, the first chemical “dirty bomb” explosions took place using chlorine gas, giving potential new meaning to President George W Bush’s missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    The sectarian guerrillas who claim affiliation with “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia” are now striking savagely, and seemingly at will, against dissident Sunni tribes in Anbar province as well as Shi’ite areas of Baghdad and Shi’ite pilgrims on the highways to the south of the capital.

    With each massacre, the bombers refute Bush administration claims that the US military can “take back and secure” Baghdad block by block or establish its own patrols and new, fortified mini-bases as a realistic substitute for local self-defense militias.

  3. ansel says:

    My, the surge is working so well…

    Bloody week in Iraq points to emboldened al Qaeda

  4. mangacentral says:

    Another article that gets beneath the propaganda of the surge:

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