2 things I left out of my count, as I mentioned already, are Hurin's visit to Gondolin (Sil - end Ch.18 ), and the Nirnaeth Arnoediad (Sil Ch.20), which would shore up the 230-pgs.
But if the Wanderings
are not included, then it must be larger text. I'm not surprised, and not terribly disappointed, at no Wanderings
. I hope that other things *are* included much moreso, like the 2 above things. The full Battle of Unnumbered Tears should replace the short "Many songs are yet sung" UT paragraph, and instead a 'Dirhaval' frame, such as this (merged from AElfwine & Dirhaval
A&B - minus AElfwine) I think should be used to open, rather than "Hador Goldenhead was a lord of the Edain"...
"Many songs are yet sung and many tales are yet told by the Elves of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the Battle of Unnumbered Tears, in which Fingon fell and the flower of the Eldar withered. But here begins a Tale of Men, the work of a Mannish poet Dírhaval who lived at the Havens in the days of Eärendil long ago. Narn i Chîn Húrin
* he called it, the Tale of the Children of Húrin, which is the longest of all the lays of Beleriand now held in memory.
Dírhaval came of the House of Hador, it is said, and the glory and sorrow of that House was nearest to his heart. Dwelling at the Havens of Sirion, he gathered there all the tidings and lore that he could; for in the last days of Beleriand there came thither remnants out of all the countries, both Men and Elves, remnants and fugitives from Hithlum and Dor-lómin, from Nargothrond and Doriath, from Gondolin and the realms of the Sons of Fëanor in the east.
From Mablung he learned much; and by fortune also he found a man named Andvír, and he was very old, but was the son of that Andróg who was in the outlaw-band of Túrin, and alone survived the battle on the summit of Amon Rûdh. Otherwise all that time between the flight of Túrin from Doriath and his coming to Nargothrond, and Túrin’s deeds in those days, would have remained hidden, save the little that was remembered among the people of Nargothrond concerning such matters as Gwindor or Túrin ever revealed. In this way also the matter of Mîm and his later dealings with Húrin were made clear.
This lay was all that Dírhaval ever made, but it was prized by the Elves and remembered by them, for Dírhaval used the Grey-elven tongue, in which he had great skill. His lay was composed in that mode of Elvish verse which was called Minlamad thent / estent
, which was of old proper to the narn. Dírhaval they say perished in the last raid of the sons of Fëanor upon the Havens.
among the Elves signifies a tale that is told in verse to be spoken and not sung.]"
But enough speculation... This is worse than the LOTR casting rumours!