Beren and Lúthien
Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The tale of Beren and Lúthien was, or became, an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World conceived by J.R.R. Tolkien. Returning from France and the battle of the Somme at the end of 1916, he wrote the tale in the following year.

Essential to the story, and never changed, is the fate that shadowed the love of Beren and Lúthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Lúthien. This is the kernel of the legend; and it leads to the supremely heroic attempt of Beren and Lúthien together to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril.

In this book Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded; but that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father's own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.

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  • Dr. Andrew Higgins
    Jun 23, 2017

    Dr. Andrew Higgins

    I just finished a first read of this really interesting and beautifully put together volume with excellent evocative art by Alan Lee. its a very interesting volume in terms of how Christopher Tolkien presents the evolving myth of Beren and Luthien - I need to think more about this (per...

  • Eva Hechenberger
    Jun 20, 2017

    Eva Hechenberger

    Das Buch hat mir recht gut gefallen. Leider ist es aber kein Roman, sondern beschäftigt sich hauptsächlich mit der Entstehungsgeschichte diverser Texte. Die Idee dahinter fand ich aber gut, denn so sind doch auch einige Passagen, das erste Mal auf deutsch erhältlich.Zusätzl...

  • Francesco Scarlata
    Jun 18, 2017

    Francesco Scarlata

    Una storia poetica e magica, un racconto di due cuori nati per vivere un'unica vita insieme. ...

  • Evripidis Gousiaris
    Jun 17, 2017

    Evripidis Gousiaris

    Ο κόσμος του Tolkien έχει ξεχωριστή θέση στην καρδία μου (και στην βιβλιοθήκη μου). Είναι ?...

  • Eℓℓis ♥
    Jun 17, 2017

    Eℓℓis ♥

    Una romantica fiaba alla maniera di Tolkien, arricchita dalle splendide illustrazioni di Alan Lee. ...

  • Melora
    Jun 10, 2017


    You'll want to take my comments on this one with more than a grain of salt, as I have trouble being objective when it comes to Tolkien, and the story of Beren and Luthien hits me in a soft spot (my younger brother's middle name is Beren, and my sister's is Lorien -- Tolkien was big in ...

  • Koit
    Jun 8, 2017


    As good as Mr Tolkien's writings ever are, this book was amazing. I especially appreciated the poetic approaches to the story, though admittedly when I picked the book up I was expecting something more in the line with 'The Children of Hurin' which this is not. There is far more commen...

  • StyLuna
    Jun 6, 2017


    What is this? The story of Beren and Lúthien has been completely changed. This is sacrilege. ...

  • Kevin Futers
    Jun 5, 2017

    Kevin Futers

    Part of me wanted to go five stars, another part of me wanted to go to one. The disappointment is simple: with The Children of Hurin we were given a single narrative without break or comment. That is what I had assumed we had here. We don't. Now I loved the different versions of the st...

  • Kirsti
    Jun 4, 2017


    While I definitely class myself as a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and the world he brought to life in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, I have to say I found this book oddly disconcerting. I wanted more a story structure and less of interruption from Christopher Tolkien explaining contex...