As an undergraduate student, Tolkien wrote The Story of Kullervo, inspired by the tales in Finnish Kalevala. This story was to further inspire the story of The Children of Húrin and the character of the dog Huan in the stories of Beren and Luthien.
This post concerns the tale of Túrin Turambar and Glorund the Dragon. This early version is the foundation for the text in Silmarillion, Narn i Chîn Húrin, The Lays of Beleriand and ultimately the book Children of Húrin published in 2007. The story is mainly about Túrin, son of Úrin who is cursed by Melko and suffers a life where tragedy and grief hits him over and over again. In this post I will feature the first half of the plot and a list of characters and features to note (as always). I will save my comments for the second post.