A few frequently asked questions... (cont'd)
What is the importance of the tale of the children of Húrin in JRR Tolkien's writings ?
The tale was of great personal importance to the author, and probably one of the main springboards for his entire Legendarium. He worked at the tale all through his life, returning to it again and again, and it was a source of great frustration to him that he never managed to complete it.
It is a story of Middle-earth in an altogether different literary mode than The Lord of the Rings, taking place in a different time. But it also stands out from other tales of the First Age in its much greater elaboration, and in its study of character. We believe it to be a work of great emotional power and tragic interest in its own right.