Beren and Lúthien

J. R. R. Tolkein

The full tale of Beren and Lúthien, fully restored by Christopher Tolkien and exquisitely illustrated by The Lord of the Rings illustrator Alan Lee.

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Beren and Lúthien

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 landscapes and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Alan Lee, one of the lead concept designers on Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, has provided a series of beautiful, ethereal illustrations.

The tale of Beren and Lúthien, and their love for one another, was an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion. Beren was a mortal man and a great hero of the First Age, but Lúthien was an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, did not wish Beren to marry his daughter and so imposed on him a task intended to be impossible; from Morgoth, the greatest of all evil beings, Beren must steal a Silmaril – one of the wondrous jewels crafted by the Elf Fëanor.

In this book, Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the heroic story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded. To reveal the ways in which this legend of Middle-earth has evolved over the years, he first tells the story in his father's own words by presenting it in its original form, and then in passages of 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 lost afterwards

Production Details

Beren and Lúthien book
  • Published by HarperCollins
  • 304 pages
  • 20 black & white illustrations and 8 colour plates
  • Slipcased
  • 222 x 143mm

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