Wanderings of Húrin: "Too much speech; too little action"-do you agree?

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    Wanderings of Húrin: "Too much speech;too little action"-do you agree?

    This is the critisicm that Prof. Clyde Kilby levelled at the Wanderings of Húrin (HoME 11). Do you think so? Like C.T I found it to be engaging and interesting. But I wish he had written about Húrin's actions in Doriath and more fully in Nargothrond.

    *Note it is meant to read to much sPeech, not sOeech. Can a mod correct this?
     
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    I think it was very good, all the new information about the house of Haleth was very interesting and I found it very interesting to read about the Moot. But of course I wish that he had written about what Húrin did in Nargothrond and Doriath.
     

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    Clyde who? :confused:

    I enjoyed it, but found it somewhat 'choppy', meaning it was all cut up, but I guess that's the case with the more 'unfinished tales'......
    Plus, those constant footnotes can drive you insane. :mad:

    It also seemed in need of revision.

    I thought that the whole opening premise upon which Hurin was upset with the Haladin to begin with needed a little more working up to be more believable too.

    But, I guess that was part of the point JRRT was trying to get across:

    Morgoth had so distorted Hurin's point of view that he wasn't seeing anything in it's true light......

    I did read it quickly though because the book had to go back to the library....
    I'd waited weeks for it to arrive from out of town & was away part of the time I finally got it in to my library.

    Now I have it - just got volumes 10, 11 & 12 from Amazon - & I plan on reading 10 & 11 more thoroughly after browsing through #12.

    BTW, I agree, I would've liked to read more on Nargothrond & Doriath, but let's be honest: We could say that about EVERY aspect of Tolkien's writings on Middle-earth. ;)

    Most interesting revelation to me:

    There was a large group of Men following Hurin. In The Sil, we get the impression he's alone.
     
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    I think it's mentioned, just vaguely.