Beren and Lúthien

Beren and Lúthien

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The epic tale of the love of Beren, a mortal man, and Lúthien, an immortal elf, appears in several versions in Tolkien's works. Christopher Tolkien has extracted the tale from his father's original texts to create a standalone story, and added passages in prose and verse from later texts to show the evolution of the tale.
Publisher: London : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
ISBN: 9780008214197
Branch Call Number: FIC Tolki
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations (some colour)
Additional Contributors: Lee, Alan
Tolkien, Christopher


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AL_JOSHUAS 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.

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.

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