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The Story of Kullervo

Tolkien, J. R. R.

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ISBN 10: 0008131368 / ISBN 13: 9780008131364
Published by HarperCollins, 2015
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine/Near fine.HarperCollins,2015.First UK edition-2nd printing(2).Brown hardback(gilt lettering to the spine) in fine condition, with Dj(a couple of creases and nick on the edges of the Dj cover) in near fine condition.Illustrated with b/w plates.The book is new with light shelf wear on the Dj cover.187pp including List of plates,foreword,bibliography.Price un-clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 9171

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Title: The Story of Kullervo

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near fine

Edition: First edition..

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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.

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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 cruelest 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 Children of Húrin. 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-essay on its source-work, the Kalevala, is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.

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