Beren and Lúthien

Beren and Lúthien

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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. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, [Christopher Tolkien] 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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781328791825
Characteristics: 288 pages, 9 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.


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Jan 08, 2019

Copied from "People of Middle Earth": Honestly, I learned so much about writing and understanding the world around me by reading these books from Tolkien. Getting this break down of how the world of Middle Earth ran made things so interesting. As I started to get more and more into history, so much of his world building, and the wars going on between Sauron and the free people of Middle Earth, or the wars between the Elves and Morgoth, or (I could continue) were such clear parallels to what was happening in Tolkien's world.... and they are still such clear parallels to what is happening in today's world. We always talk about how Dystopian novels are a way of warning us about the path we're following, and how our future might turn out, but we forget that a lot of Fantasy novels are also reflections of people today, and how we need to get our acts together.

Before Aragorn and Arwen, there was Beren and Luthien. The story of Beren and Luthien was one of the most treasured parts of Tolkien's work. Fans of literature and the Lord of the Rings should enjoy this.

May 02, 2018

If you're a LOTR fan & a cat aficionado then read this! The love story I don't find very appealing via 21st 3rd wave feminist lenses;however, the encounters in the forests with feuding kingdoms and Elves being caught in the middle is quite intriguing. Beren and Luthien is short story. The other sections are short stories from the Elder days and other factions of other books. I think a movie adaption would be cool.

Jan 16, 2018

Its a delight to see how the myth evolved and changed over time as Tolkien built up the world of Middle Earth around Beren and Luthien over the years. Christopher collects the writings of his father in a wonderful way with great commentary. A must read for Tolkien lovers.

claralex800 Aug 21, 2017

This book reminded me of how every myth has multiple versions. It retells the story several times but every retelling is different (the one with the giant cats is my personal favourite). It keeps things interesting, and calls back to how (it is said that) Tolkien was creating a mythology for England. Reading this book outside probably helped me to enjoy it. Once I was inside I just couldn't be bothered reading the last section. I've had enough poetry this summer, thanks.
The illustrations were beautiful though. The last one is my favourite.

I was initially skeptical of this release as the tale of Beren and Luthien is told quite fully in The Silmarillion. But, thankfully, all my fears were proved wrong. This volume refrains from copying and pasting from The Silmarillion by featuring a prose version of the tale in the draft process. This excerpt is delightful, as it is told in a folklore-like style with a wry sense of humor that differs from the epic style of the Silmarillion (hint: some giant cats get in Huan's way!).
But the real gem of this volume is the verse form of the tale of Beren and Luthien. Told in cantos, this poetry is unspeakably beautiful. Reading it aloud, I found myself moved to tears by the sheer beauty of many passages.
As an added joy, the pictures by Tolkien icon Alan Lee do not disappoint.

Jul 10, 2017

This is my favorite part of the Silmarillion (yes, I am a Tolkien geek) mainly because of the amazing story. It's sad, yes, but it's ultimately the perfect picture of life in Middle-Earth - and by extension, our world - bittersweet. The endings are never fully happy, but never completely sad. Isn't that life? I firmly believe that is the reason Tolkien's books are so loved. They are true. Not on the surface, but somewhere deep, deep down, they are true. We all can relate to Beren, who will do the impossible task for love. Luthien, who will follow the love of her life and do whatever she can to save him. And we can relate to Luithien's father, because no one is ever good enough for your daughter. Tolkien was a master. He made life into fantasy, and doing so, made fantasy true.


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