Beren and Luthien
J.R.R. Tolkien spent a lifetime creating the complex world of ‘’Middle-earth”, the setting for his most famous works, devoting many years to developing its mythology.
Some of the additional material exploring its legends was published in his lifetime but, since his death, his son Christopher has begun the process of editing and publishing the unreleased or incomplete material that remains.
Beren and Luthien tells the story that Tolkien returned to again and again, changing details but not its theme of love and courage. Tolkien found the inspiration for the beautiful elf Luthien, who danced exquisitely, in his own wife—and asked that ‘Luthien’ be engraved on her tombstone.
Beren and Luthien will interest all serious Tolkien scholars and dedicated fantasy readers, but may disappoint those who simply want more Lord of the Rings. There is typically lyrical writing, however, and beautiful illustrations by Alan Lee.