This is a LONG story and unlikely to be of much interest to those info d of the larger and grander book in which these tales are told in less detail. But for the true Tolkien addict - enjoy!
it was really awesome and epic, and well read! beautiful! The pauses and dialogs spoken by Sir Christopher Lee brough the magic to the real world.
This is a pre-curser to the Hobbit and Lord of the rings. Nothing to do with either story but has some back history. Very different from the Lord of the rings. Very slow at the first couple of chapters. Then it starts to get interesting.
I cannot emphasize enough this is a must for Middle Earth fans. Sir Christopher Lee was a wonderful choice to narrate! His talent adds to this incredible story. You will not be disappointed. Tolkien's writing is flawless as is the story and narration!
Dark, Depressing, Angsty
There are too many to name, though I am partial to the accidental death of a certain elf.
Brandir. Perhaps by the grace of the fact that his moments in the book, tended to be full of drama, with plenty of shouting and some grim laughter.
The ending. Made me feel like drinking. My heart is considerably wrenched.
This book is sad as all hell. Tolkien must have been going through a rough patch when he wrote this, because it is as far a cry from The Hobbit, or even the darker Lord of The Rings books as one could ever imagine. I thought the odyssey was depressing at times, poor Odysseus suffered much in his journey, but at least you felt like rooting for him. This is like The Revenge of the Sith of the Tolkien universe, (only well written mind you) filled with sadness, hatred, murder, more sadness, more murder, anger, self-loathing, more murder, and again with the sadness. It is a good book, but MY god is it depressing. If you liked how innocent and lighthearted The Hobbit was, and how whimsical LoTR was despite being a bit darker, I'd almost say stay away from this book. It really didn't add much to the universe, it's just a sad story of a single lineage, cursed forever by Morgoth. Christopher Lee, predictably, gives a perfect performance, which was my main motivation to get this, so if you want to hear Saruman read to you, go for it for that novelty alone.
This is an amazing book. It gives epic action, a badass hero in the lotr legendarium, and a wonderful actor to read it to you. There were only two problems for me with this book, which were: the lack of the story always keeping me interested and the occasional odd voice acting by Christopher Lee. I would recommend this only to this who are die hard fans of Tolkien and who must feed their hunger for lore. That is why I rate this book a four out of five.
Christopher Lee narrates the haunting but beautiful tale of a cursed family and the tragic consequences of rash behavior.