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YMMV / The Children of Húrin

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • An unusual one. How much control did Glaurung actually have over enacting the curse? Is he The Chessmaster or merely carrying out Morgoth's designs?
    • Is Morgoth's curse really what decided Túrin's fate or were Túrin's failures the result of his own actions? Arguments can be made for both.
  • Complete Monster: Glaurung. See here for details.
  • Fan Nickname: "The Narn," shortened from Narn i Chîn Húrin.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Túrin Turambar. The guy's life is basically a Trauma Conga Line (he lost his little sister as a child, his father never returned from war, he was sent away for his safety as a child, and he accidentally killed his best friend) but a good chunk of his problems are brought about by his own pride and stubbornness, and he winds up unintentionally causing a lot of misery through his actions.
    • Mîm the Dwarf. He sells out Túrin and the outlaws to Orcs after he's captured, and he hates Beleg and the Elves, but he's also the last of a dwindling people once hunted by the Sindar (they thought the Petty-Dwarves were animals until they met other Dwarves), he loses his son, and he did try to ensure Túrin wouldn't be harmed.
  • Moral Event Horizon: See here.
  • Squick:
    • Glaurung, with his dying breath, chides Túrin for the many atrocities he committed; he notes, however, that the greatest atrocity is the one that is sleeping in his sister's womb.
    • The description of Glaurung's belly is thoroughly revolting.
  • The Woobie:
    • Damn near everybody who isn't Morgoth or Glaurung qualifies, but Túrin, Niënor, and Húrin himself qualify most.
    • Mîm the Petty-Dwarf as well. His hatred and betrayal were completely justified after Andróg killed his son.
    • Poor Gwindor had to watch his brother being horribly dismembered, then he was enslaved and repeatedly tortured in Angband for 17 years. When he finally escapes he's maimed and traumatized, and when he manages to walk all the way home, his fiancée falls in love with Túrin, and his whole country decides he's too non-badass to respect him anymore, and then the kingdom is destroyed.