- Tapa dura: 192 páginas
- Editor: Harper Collins; Edición: 01 (15 de septiembre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0008131368
- ISBN-13: 978-0008131364
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº79.174 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Praise for J.R.R. Tolkien:
‘One marvels anew at the depth, breadth and persistence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s labour. No one sympathetic to his aims – the invention of a secondary universe – will want to miss this chance to be present at the creation.’
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The world first publication of a previously unknown work of fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien, which tells the powerful story of a doomed young man who is sold into slavery and who swears revenge on the magician who killed his father.
Kullervo son of Kalervo is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. ‘Hapless Kullervo’, as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny.
Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruellest of fates.
Tolkien wrote that The Story of Kullervo was ‘the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own’, and was ‘a major matter in the legends of the First Age’; his Kullervo was the ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. In addition to being a powerful story in its own right, The Story of Kullervo – published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work, The Kalevala, is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.Ver Descripción del producto
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If you're looking for a book that will shed light on how Tolkien developed his literary world, what his influences were, and if you want to find out more about how he began shaping the characters and storylines that would appear in later works, then this is a great book. If you're looking for a completed book by Tolkien, then this is not it. The Story of Kullervo reads more like Tolkien's outline of a story (it was one of his first attempts at "fantasy", or mythological fiction and was never completed by the author). It is accompanied by Tolkien's thoughts on Kalevala (which inspired The Story of Kullervo), and a more scholarly discussion of how Kalevala influenced Tolkien, and the importance of 'The Story of Kullervo' for Tolkien's later writings. As a stand-alone story, though, this just feels too incomplete and slight. It is by now means "bad", but I wish it had been marketed as an exploration of Tolkien's writing, rather than a stand-alone story.
The Story of Kullervo was a work started by Tolkien based on the Finnish story from the Kavela. There had been a couple of translations based on multiple sources, so they did not read as a complete story.
As a work it is incomplete, as as described in the introductions, was hand-written and comes to an abrupt in complete conclusion. For those who have read the 'Histories of Middle-Earth', you will know how Tolkien was often changing names and happenings as he continued writing, this story was no different.
Besides the main story there is an essay by JRRT written to be given as a speech or lecture, in two forms, the first was his handwritten version, thne there was a typewritten version, they barely differ.
There is also some analysis by the editor, Verlyn Flieger, of Tolkien's story.
I would not recommend this to anyone but Tolkien scholars - those who have read all of HoME and are interested in the earliest roots of JRRT's writing, before he started the true creation of the Elvish languages and of Arda and Middle-Earth
Now it is.
But it’s not only the story itself.
Included in the book are the story (about 40 pages long), a list of names, plot synopses with notes and commentary, two essays by Tolkien, and an essay on Tolkien and “The Story of Kullervo” by Verlyn FLiger, professor emerita in the Department of English ar the University of Maryland and the editor for this work.
And the result is a fascinating account of the story that includes all the background you might want on it, along with insights into Tolkien and how he created the mythical world that became one of the best-loved stories of the 20th century.
Kullervo is an orphan, brought up by the bad magician who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried to kill Kullervo himself on three occasions. After being sold into slavery, he swears revenge, but many years pass before he can exact justice. And he falls in love with a beautiful young woman he meets in the woods – who happens to be his twin sister.
Flieger is well-equipped to tell this Tolkien story, She’s written and co-authored numerous books on Tolkien’s works and created worlds. Her publications include “Splintered Light: Tolkien‘s World, The Tolkien Fan’s Medieval Reader,’ “Green Suns and Faeries: Essays on Tolkien,” and “Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology,” among many others.
The Story of Kullervo is a dark tale of tragic fates, and it formed part of the imaginative story that eventually became Tolkien’s “The Children of Hurin.” It is both a precursor and a building stone for Tolkien’s mythical world. It’s a good story on its own, and the supplemental material and essays are especially helpful to place it with its Tolkien context.