Monday, March 26, 2007

The Children of Húrin

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J.R.R. Tolkien's latest posthumous book, The Children of Húrin, will be out 17th April. Edited by his son Christopher, the new book recounts the tragic tale of Húrin and his children, most notably his son Túrin Turambar. Already, the media is looking at a possibility of a film (mis)treatment, based on (of all things) the potential battle scenes in the story. From the linked article:
Tolkien experts are already tipping The Children of Húrin - which features significant battle scenes and at least one major twist - for big budget Hollywood treatment. Takings from the Lord of the Rings trilogy box office takings to date total some £1.5bn.

I don't know how much narrative J.R.R. actually wrote for this book, and how much of the final published work will be Christopher's prose. Still, Tolkien fans will buy it in any case, and the moviegoers who loved Orlando Bloom will flock to the inevitable film version. The audience loves a good battle scene.

4 comments:

curutari said...

Er. Orland Bloom? Is he playing Turin ??? @_@ Or are you just trying to boost the anticipation and/or ticket sales to a certain niche audience?

hussein said...

Ugh, that would be such a wrong casting choice. I'd always imagined Túrin to be a tough, gritty fellow.

curutari said...

Yeah, that's what the @_@ was there for in my earlier comment...

hussein said...

Just being ironic :)