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Perfect for lovers of Tolkien, this precise restoration tells the tale of Luthien, daughter of the great Elf Lord, and Beren, a mortal man, who are in love. Her father imposes an impossible task upon Beren, which he must first accomplish in order to wed the daughter. This story of Elves and Men and Middle-earth is edited by Christopher Tolkien, the son of J.R.R. Tolkien.
|Title: Beren and Luthien|
By: J.R.R. Tolkien
Illustrated By: Alan Lee
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Mariner Books
|Publication Date: 2018|
Weight: 10 ounces
Stock No: WW915338
Painstakingly restored from J.R.R. Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a 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.
"Every version of the story in the book is incomplete, but under Christopher Tolkiens steady editorial hand, the fragments assemble themselves to give us an impression of the whole. What makes this possible is the grace with which he handles his long-accustomed dual role of guide to both story and history. His preface and annotations are openhearted and engaging. He leads the reader pleasantly through the greater landscape of Middle-earth in the First Age, and strikes as clear a path as possible through the wilderness of Tolkiens lifelong attempts to get the story finished and published. With eloquence and diligence and care, the son reconstructs and retraces the fathers journey, pursuing the tale through draft after draft as Tolkien pursued his vision of Middle-earth; as Beren, lost and hunted, followed the sound of Lùthiens voice as she sang in the shadowed forest of Doriath." NPR.org "A good introduction to LOTR fans nervous about taking on The Silmarillion, and also gives longtime fans a fascinating look at the Tolkiens myth-making process." EntertainmentWeekly.com "A beautiful book." San Antonio Express-News —
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