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The Lay of the Children of Húrin is a long epic poem by J. R. R. Tolkien, which takes place in his fictional fantasy-world, Middle-earth. It tells of the life and the ill fate of Túrin Turambar, the son of Húrin. It is written in alliterative verse and exists in several versions, but was never finished. The poem was published after the author's death by his son Christopher in The Lays of Beleriand, the third volume of The History of Middle-earth.


The Lay begins with a reference to the dragon Glórund, followed by a short account of the Battle of Unnumbered Tears and the capture of Húrin Thalion. It then briefly describes Húrin's words with Morgoth, his defiance of the dark lord as well as his chaining to the peak of Thangorodrim. It is also in this initial section (ll. 1-105) that we are first introduced to the curse that Morgoth lays on Hurin's family.

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