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The Story of Kullervo

The Story of Kullervo

作者 : J. R. R. Tolkien

出版社 : HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD.

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本書有作者托爾金作品中「最黑暗故事」之稱。以遠古時代的芬蘭史詩中的悲劇人物Kullervo為原型,講述了少年時代的他,一夜之間,部族滅頂之災,雖然倖存,卻在敵人部落生活長大,擁有超自然能量的他,從小在殺死父親、綁架母親的巫師家長大,成長過程始終記得這滅族之恨,最終向兇手魔法師復仇的傳奇經歷,還穿插亂倫悲劇,更增添故事幾分黑暗。難怪要說Kullervo堪稱史上最慘命運的主角了!

托爾金曾表示,The Story of Kullervo是他書寫自己傳奇故事的一次嘗試。托爾金從1914年在牛津大學讀書時開始創作這部小說,Kullervo這個人物酷似1977年在他去世後出版的The Silmarillion中的英雄人物Túrin Turambar的祖先。

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 Túrin 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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