Re: New Tolkien Book, not Middle-Earth related.
Well Angelina, as to C Tolkien's impact, it in fact has a direct impact on whether you like to read a Tolkien book (apart from the Hobbit and LotR), as none of them were ever finished, and Christopher in many instances has to do some serious editing and writing of his own to get them into publishable shape. That is assuming that you demand more than just the name JRRT on the cover page.
Originally Posted by Angelina_Rayne
And Children of Hurin is much more of a Romantic Tragedy, in the scope of say the early Greek plays by Sophoclese, you know the ones you were supposed to read in high school... It has all the classic elements, Hubris, Incest, Vengeance, Slaying of loved ones... Personally I see CoH as Tolkien's stab at this genre, and the Sil in general as a similar literary effort - Heroic Tragedy, yet he reserves the eucatastrophe for the Eldar in the Sil (the impossible voyage of Earindil and the salvation of the Valar), while he denies the possibility to Hurin, who in the end is destroyed utterly. Ah the whiff of Pathos is thick in CoH... Aristotle's grand vision of Pity and Fear (aka Tragedy) as the superior form of all literary art forms must have had a strong appeal for the Professor.
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