Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

Beren and Lúthien

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 Humans, 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 ...

Details Beren and Lúthien

TitleBeren and Lúthien
Release DateJun 1st, 2017
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Classics

Reviews Beren and Lúthien

  • Ana
    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 Valar and others are poised to make a comeback. *does the happy dance*Beren was a legendary hero of the royal House of Bëor. Lúthien was a legendary el...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    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 foregrounds the narrative: it is the narrative. Given an absolutely impossible task to prove his devotion, no less than stealing a Silmaril from the crown...
  • Evripidis Gousiaris
    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 ε...
  • Kevin Futers
    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 just felt like going over old ground. This has all been printed before, either as The Silmarillion, The Book of Lost Tales (in two volumes) or The Histo...
  • Melora
    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). This is one of the stories that Sam Gamgee might have been referring to when he and Frodo are traveling to Mount Doom and Sam talks about the adventures...
  • Seneca -vive la gentillesse!-
    *sniffly shipping* This, my friends, is a real romance. ‘Bout the only love story I’ve ever enjoyed reading. Full review may come eventually, when I’m not expending all my energies writing essays to get me into college. One note: This book is a compilation of EvERy sINgLe VErsIon of the story, collected after Tolkien’s death. It gets REALLY rEAlLy repetitive if you read it straight through. So I started in January, and read one version at...
  • Manisha
    *sighs happily* Lovely. 💕RTC.
  • Marquise
    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 romance" as he described his favourite stories to write, as it sadly happened.It would be left to his son Christopher to roll up his sleeves and start the ...
  • E.F.B.
    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 recognize and appreciate the changes it went through), it should be enjoyable.It’s important to note that this “Beren and Luthien” book i...
  • Vivian
    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 rewritten telling of this love story. The verse in the various cantos and Quenta is lyrical, mesmerizing, and beautiful. While the publisher pushed Tolkien for...
  • Eℓℓis ♥
    Una romantica fiaba alla maniera di Tolkien, arricchita dalle splendide illustrazioni di Alan Lee.
  • Javir11
    Lo primero de todo que deberíais de saber es que para leer y disfrutar de este libro hay que ser un gran seguidor de Tolkien. Lo digo porque sino se te puede hacer un poco de bola, a mí, gustándome Tolkien ya se me ha hecho algo repetitivo, imagínate si no te gusta.Lo mejor de esta lectura es poder disfrutar de la leyenda de Beren y Lúthien en todo su esplendor y profundidad. Además de la historia ya conocida, podremos leer la versión orig...
  • Luke
    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 the beautiful story in The Silmarillion, such as what we received with The Children of Hurin ten years ago. Unfortunately, this is not that.I'm reluctan...
  • Kirsti
    While I definitely class myself as a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and the world he brought to life in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, I have to say I found this book oddly disconcerting. I wanted more a story structure and less of interruption from Christopher Tolkien explaining context and comparing texts. I'm sure that aspect fascinated some people, but it didn't work for me. The world of Tolkien is so vast and confusing as it is, and character...
  • Ugnė
    Visuose J.R.R. Tolkieno darbuose mane labiausiai žavi jo kūrybiškumas ir kantrybė kuriant atskirą pasaulį ir visą jo istoriją. Beren and Lúthien atskleidžia, kaip šios dvi K padėjo atsirasti jo kūriniams - perrašymai, taisymai, pasikeitimai, ir rašytinis vieno žmogaus kūrinys tampa labai panašus į iš lūpų į lūpas plintantį pasakojimą.
  • Diletta
    E sì, dovreste prenderlo essendo la loro storia uno degli eventi principali della Terra di Mezzo (insieme ai poveri figli di Húrin e alla caduta di Gondolin), inoltre vi offre una buona occasione per rileggere, o leggere per la prima volta, Il Silmarillion (diciamo che se è la prima volta che lo leggete la storia di Beren è un po' un punto fisso che vi da una mano).(Bonus: nella prima stesura c'è Tevildo, il Principe dei Gatti.)
  • Mary Catelli
    For people who want to understand what happened to the tale in its various revisions before it reached the form that Christopher Tolkien put in the Silmarillion and which gets alluded in The Lord of the Rings.I find it interesting to watch his concept of Middle-Earth shift with world-building.
  • Nils | nilsreviewsit
    ‘Down crumples Orc, and Balrog proud:all eyes were quenched, all heads were bowed:the fires of heart and maw were stilled,and ever like a bird she thrilledabove a lightless world forlornin ecstasy enchanted borne.’I’m so glad I ended 2017 with Beren and Luthien. It was really special being back in Tolkien’s magical and fairytale like world. The story at its heart is the tale of the mortal man, Beren, falling in love with the immortal Elf ...
  • Michelle Curie
    "No moon is there, no voice, no sound / of beating heart; a sigh profound /once in each age as each age dies / alone is heard." It almost feels to good to be true, but over a hundred years after it has been written, here we have it: a book solely centred around the story of the two lovers Beren and Lúthien, a mortal man and an immortal elf who together try to steal from the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor.Even to a casual Tolkien fan this co...
  • StyLuna
    What is this? The story of Beren and Lúthien has been completely changed. This is sacrilege.
  • Beth
    This book combines different versions of the story of Beren and Luthien, one of the Middle-earth legends mentioned in LotR, presented in one volume. (For those who haven’t read it, the real-world myths that Tolkien draws on here include the story of Rapunzel and the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, and he got the idea for the singing duels from the Kalevala.) There’s a prologue that explains "the story so far" for readers who haven’t read The...