Beren and Lúthien - WikipediaOne of the great joys of my life is reading anything and everything by and about J. Ever since the release of The Fellowship of the Ring in cinemas back in , which was immediately followed by a week-long plunge through The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings , I have been an avid and obsessive fan of Tolkien. It serves as a progressive revelation of the history of J. We start out with the earliest version of the tale — a prose form from its earliest extant form. Even when writing in verse, Tolkien was as intricate and detailed as he was in his lengthier prose style, but his verse nevertheless carries an inherent meter to it that helps anyone who may not love poetry or verse. This should not be a hindrance to anyone.
Beren and Lúthien by JRR Tolkien (ed: Christopher Tolkien) – digested read
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Early versions of the story, published in the standalone book in , described Beren as a Noldorin elf. Tolkien wrote several versions of their story, the latest in The Silmarillion , and the tale is also mentioned in The Lord of the Rings. The story takes place during the First Age of Middle-earth , about 6, years  before the events of The Lord of the Rings. He was slain by Carcharoth , the wolf of Angband, but alone of mortal Men returned from the dead. During the s Tolkien started to reshape the tale and to transform it into an epic poem which he called The Lay of Leithian.
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Eventually, I managed to assemble a manuscript of 17, pages that, for some reason, Allen and Unwin — like my father — believed to be unpublishable. Undeterred, I pressed on with editing these invaluable jottings to produce as many posthumous works as my father had managed to complete while he was alive along with a volume history of Middle-earth without which any reading of The Lord of the Rings is pointless. A daughter had Tinwelint, named Tinuviel, who wast the fairest maiden of the Elves and all who didst see her did swoon at her feet when she did dance. There came to this land a Gnome, Beren the Bold, who didst fall in love with Tinuviel and she with he. Tinwelint wast great upset that his daughter lovest a Gnome and banished Beren the Bold, telling him he couldst only return to marry the radiant Tinuviel if he brought back a Silmaril from the palace of Melko the Malicious.
The publication was compiled by Christopher Tolkien , a year before the same was done with the tale of the Fall of Gondolin. Tolkien, which were published as The Silmarillion. Returning from France and the battle of the Somme at the end of , he wrote the tale in the following year. 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. The intent of the book is to extract a 'single narrative' out of the ever evolving materials that make up the tale of Beren and Luthien.