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Not sure if appropriate for the board, but I'm currently debating between two of Tolkien's posthumous works: The Children of Hurin, or The Fall of Gondolin.

Any suggestions?



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Not sure about the books, but lately, I've been watching many LotR lore videos on Youtube. In particular:

Men of the West
Hello Future Me

Both of these channels have some great videos about the history of Middle Earth and characters.


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Thurisaz


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Why an or question? Read them both. Most either or questions are best answered by and. Read The Children of Hurin and The Fall of Gondolin.


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atrimus


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Thanks for the links. Seem to cover a lot from Unfinished Tales, which I've yet to finish.



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atrimus


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Read it three times prior to Children of Hurin's announcement LOL!



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    Read it three times prior to Children of Hurin's announcement LOL!


Ughh, I pity you...hehe

Maybe I was too young when I tried to read it at 15 or so...but oh my god was it boringgggggggggg, read like the bible kinda with all the "begetting" \:P

Still useful data in it.


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    Maybe I was too young when I tried to read it at 15 or so...but oh my god was it boringgggggggggg, read like the bible kinda with all the "begetting" \:P


I'm right there with you. I tried to read it once but didn't get very far. It read like a dry history book, only all of it was made up names and dates. I couldn't see any reason why it would interest anyone to read it.

Are you being entertained? No. Are you learning actual history? No. Does it help with your understanding of the Lord of the Rings? I've read LotR twice and didn't feel I needed any more background.






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but it is very informative to setting cosmology and various other aspects. It took me a bit to do it.




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There are not too many of them, unless I just do not know of them. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books. Also the Simirilian. The later is not needed to enjoy the first two at all. It is almost better to read it after LoTR because it gives more depth to the setting and cosmology.

Hobbit is written more for children but it is still quite enjoyable. I do not mean like a little kid but it is more light hearted than the LotR books get.




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atrimus


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Don't get me wrong; it's a plough to read. But I'm a sucker for world building, and at the time I found the lore to be second to none.



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