Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Read Beren and Lúthien Online Free - 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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ISBN : 0008214190
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Ana rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2017

Proceed with caution. Spoilers lie ahead. Brace yourselves- I'm going full nerd. This is finally happening! Our beloved characters from The Silmarillion are coming back into our lives and our bookshelves. Yes. Beren, Lúthien, Thingol, Melian, Finrod Felagund, Huan, sons of Fëanor, Morgoth, The...

Bookdragon Sean rated it ★★★★☆

October 30, 2017

Straight from the pages of The Silmarillion, this tale has been given new authority and the chance to stand on its own. And such a story it is. It’s about a mortal man who fell in love with an immortal elf. Unlike the romance between Aragorn and Arwen in The Lord of the Rings this relationship for...

Evripidis rated it ★★★★★

June 17, 2017

Ο κόσμος του Tolkien έχει ξεχωριστή θέση στην καρδία μου (και στην βιβλιοθήκη μου). Είναι το παράθυρο διαφυγής μου. Οπότε όταν ανακοινώθηκε πέρυσι τον Οκτώβριο το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο ανυπομονούσα για την στιγμή που θα έφτανε στα χέρια μου. Η Ιστορία είναι η γνωστή ιστορία του Beren και της Luthie...

Melora rated it ★★★★☆

June 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 my family)....

Kevin rated it ★★★☆☆

June 05, 2017

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 story, but it...

Marquise rated it ★★★★★

June 03, 2017

One hundred years back, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien began to create this story while on leave from the WWI trenches. I suppose he had no idea he'd became practically the God of Fantasy a few decades later, and likely didn't imagine he'd leave incomplete this lovely story of "heroic epic and high ro...

E.F.B. rated it ★★★★★

July 04, 2017

Great read! Definitely not for those trying Tolkien for the first time, but for those who have read “The Hobbit”, “The Lord of the Rings”, and “The Silmarillion” (Or if not the entire Silm, you still need to at least read the story of Beren and Luthien so you have enough familiarity with it to re...

Vivian rated it ★★★★☆

February 14, 2018

A labor of love. Not just Beren's feats to win Lúthien, but also Christopher Tolkien for his father and his apparently enormous oeuvre. This is an archivist's weaving of the fragments of the tale of Beren and Lúthien from a selection of separate works to relay the most complete, yet, not rewritte...

Eℓℓis ♥ rated it ★★★★☆

June 17, 2017

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

Luke rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 13, 2018

I gave this review one star in a (probably doomed) attempt to pull the rating down to reflect the disappointment many readers are doubtless going to feel when they realize that this book is not what they were expecting to get. I was very much looking forward to an enriched and expanded version of...

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