The Story of Kullervo

Автор: J.R.R.Tolkien

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Издател HarperCollins-Publishers
Брой страници 168
Година на издаване 2015
Корици меки
Език английски
Тегло 177 грама
Размери 13x20
ISBN 9780008131388
Баркод 9780008131388
Категории на английски език, Художествена литература на чужди езици, Художествена литература, Книги

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 Turin 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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J. R. R. Tolkien was born in South Africa in 1892. After serving as a lieutenant in the First World War, he had a distinguished academic career and was recognised as one of the finest philologists in the world (philology is the study of literature). He held numerous professorships, and was awarded many prestigious prizes. He died in 1973.
The Hobbit, Professor Tolkien's first published work, begins the tale which continues with the three much longer volumes of The Lord of the Rings. It started as a family story told to his children in the 1930s - and once published it met with instant success. It has been in print in a variety of different editions ever since.

"A finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls... an exciting epic of travel and magical adventure, all working up to a devastating climax." Observer

"A flawless masterpiece." The Times