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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.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Mariner Books
|Publication Date: 2018|
"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
"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."NPR.org
The epic tale of Beren and Lúthien became an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of J.R.R. Tolkiens First Age of the World. Always key to the story is the fate that shadowed their love: Beren was a mortal man, Lúthien an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, imposed on Beren an impossible task before he might wed Lúthien: to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, of a Silmaril.
Painstakingly restored from Tolkiens manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, Beren and Lúthien reunites fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, along with the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkiens Middle-earth. Christopher Tolkien tells the story in his fathers own words by giving its original form as well as prose and verse passages from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed.