As the Over the Rhine song goes: “Like all true believers, I am truly skeptical of all that I have said.”

Those words apply to most things I write. And they apply especially to this post, now that I look back on it. I was so weary of seeing Tolkien’s old notes turned into commodities that I felt no enthusiasm for The Children of Hurin. So I jumped to conclusions about it.

Well, I am very sorry.

I began backpedaling on my pessimistic response here, then here, and then here. But this is the last straw. I must read this book.

Here’s Gene Edward Veith on The Children of Hurin. His words have just catapulted the book to the top of my must-read list.

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