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There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings, and the story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West - lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World. In that remote time Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in the vast fortress of Angband, the Hells of Iron, in the North; and the tragedy of Túrin and his sister Nienor unfolded within the shadow of the fear of Angband and the war waged by Morgoth against the lands and secret cities of the Elves. Their brief and passionate lives were dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bore them as the children of Húrin, the man who had dared to defy and to scorn him to his face. Against them he sent his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire. Into this story of brutal conquest and flight, of forest hiding-places and pursuit, of resistance with lessening hope, the Dark Lord and the Dragon enter in direly articulate form. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulated the fates of Túrin and Nienor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, and the curse of Morgoth was fulfilled.

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Conhecido no mundo da literatura fantástica como o criador das Terras Médias e dos Hobbits, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien nasceu no dia 3 de janeiro de 1892, na República do Estado Livre de Orange, atual África do Sul. Com 3 anos de idade, sua família mudou-se para Inglaterra, terra de origem de seus pais, onde mais tarde se naturalizou. Formou-se em letras pela Universidade de Exeter e participou da Primeira Guerra Mundial, onde começou a escrever...
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