NEW From Easton Press: Tolkien’s “Kullervo”

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If you’re on Facebook and other forms of social media, you’ve likely seen the advertisements for The Easton Press’ gorgeous leather-bound copies of J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular books – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and the Lost Tales of Middle-earth.

Joining their ranks and now available to order is Tolkien’s most recent posthumous publication, The Story of Kullervo. For three monthly installments of $33, you can add this gorgeous volume to your Tolkien collection!

You can view all of The Easton Press’ available Tolkien titles at EastonPress.com!

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 tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. 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 himself said 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.” Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. Published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the Kalevala, The Story of Kullervo is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.

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-You can buy the standard edition from $11.99-$16.00 via Amazon

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