The Three 'Great Tales' - The Children of Hurin, Beren And Luthien, & The Fall of Gondolin

The Three 'Great Tales' - The Children of Hurin, Beren And Luthien, & The Fall of Gondolin

  • Signed by the Illustrator
  • Hardcover
  • UK First Edition, First Printing
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Released August 1, 2013
ISBN 9780007246229

£450.00

The Children of Hurin:

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, this paperback of the epic tale of The Children of Húrin will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves, dragons, Dwarves and Orcs, and the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.


It is a legendary time long before The Lord of the Rings, and Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwells in the vast fortress of Angband in the North; and within the shadow of the fear of Angband, and the war waged by Morgoth against the Elves, the fates of Túrin and his sister Niënor will be tragically entwined.


Their brief and passionate lives are dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bears them as the children of Húrin, the man who dared to defy him to his face. Against them Morgoth sends his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire, in an attempt to fulfil the curse of Morgoth, and destroy the children of Húrin.


Begun by J.R.R. Tolkien at the end of the First World War, The Children of Húrin became the dominant story in his later work on Middle-earth. But he could not bring it to a final and finished form. In this book Christopher Tolkien has constructed, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention.

Book Condition & Notes

All three books are signed by the illustrator, Alan Lee, NOT Christopher Tolkien.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.

J. R. R. Tolkien

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Alan Lee (illustrator)

Alan Lee was born in Middlesex, 1947 and is an English book illustrator and movie conceptual designer. He studied at the Ealing School of Art.

He has illustrated dozens of fantasy books, including some non-fiction, and many more covers. Several works by J.R.R. Tolkien are among his most notable interiors: the Tolkien centenary edition of the Lord of the Rings (1992), a 1999 edition of The Hobbit that has been boxed with it, and Narn i Chîn Húrin (2007). The latter, a first edition, is his most widely held in WorldCat participating libraries. Other books has illustrated include Faeries (with Brian Froud), Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock (as well as the cover of an early print of this book), The Mabinogion (two version), Castles and Tolkien's Ring (both non-fiction by David Day), The Mirrorstone by Michael Pailin, The Moon's Revenge by Joan Aiken, and Merlin Dreams by Peter Dickinson.

He has also illustrated retellings of classics for young people. Two were Rosemary Sutcliff's versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey - namely, Black Ships Before Troy (Oxford, 1993) and The Wanderings of Odysseus (Frances Lincoln, 1995). Another was Adrian Mitchell's version of Ovid's Metamorphoses - namely Shapeshifters (Frances Lincoln, 2009).

Lee did cover paintings for the 1983 Penguin edition of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy. He also did the artwork for Alive!, a CD by the Dutch band Omnia, released on 3 August 2007 during the Castlefest festival.

Watercolour painting and pencil sketches are two of Lee's common media.

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Book Condition & Notes

All three books are signed by the illustrator, Alan Lee, NOT Christopher Tolkien.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.