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
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Classics

Reviews Beren and Lúthien

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    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...
  • Petrik
    Unlike The Children of Hurin, unless you’re a lover of poetry or you're a diehard Tolkien fans, I doubt the overall content of this book will be enjoyable to read.The Children of Hurin has a novel format with a standalone story. The novel begins with a preface from Christopher Tolkien, then the story starts and continues until the end without break in prose form. It’s pretty much a standard standalone fantasy novel format with a self-containe...
  • Adrian
    Hmm, a difficult job to review this book. I felt it was a cross between wonderful 5 star Tolkien storytelling and occasionally tough going almost repetitive storytelling, but the Tolkien verse and prose won out and whilst not 5 stars, I do think it scrapes (nay, merits) 4 stars. I shall write more on the morrow when the sun shineth on our fair landOk, so after a stupidly long day of work, I feel that i ought to write the rest of my review before ...
  • Alexandra Elend Wolf
    3.5 stars "Three jewels he made, and names the Silmarils. A living fire burning within them that was blended of the light of the Two Trees." Beren and Lúthien is more than I was expecting. A tale of love that transcends the limits and normative established. A tale where neither part is more or less but where both save each other. I was really surprised about where this story was going to take me, and I'm really glad about that. I enjoyed di...
  • Kevin Kuhn
    I have great admiration for JRR Tolkein, his imagination seems endless and his commitment to his craft was incredible. It's clear his son Christopher has a genuine love of his father's work and treats it with respect and care. His commentary is excellent and interesting. When I was 9 or 10 The Hobbit solidified my love of reading. I found it at the library on my own and felt like I uncovered the world's greatest treasure. After speaking with the ...
  • Jo (A follower of wizards)
    I consider myself a huge Tolkien fan, and,the world we all know as Middle Earth, you could say, it is my second home. If one wished to go a step further, you could also day, that The Lord of the rings changed my life, in a profound way.When I think of Tolkien, or he gets a mention somewhere, I immediately think "Gandalf" He is my favourite character from Middle Earth, and really, that mighty staff he carries says it all.I was most excited to get ...
  • Markus
    "Then Beren took to following Tinúviel secretly through the woods even to the entrance of the cave and the bridge’s head, and when she was gone in he would cry across the stream, softly saying ‘Tinúviel’, for he had caught the name from Dairon’s lips; and although he knew it not Tinúviel often hearkened from within the shadows of the cavernous doors and laughed softly or smiled. At length one day as she danced alone he stepped out more...
  • Bradley
    Okay, so, this book requires a HUGE caveat.It's uneven as hell, it's not a full tale, and it is comprised of many unfinished snippets in various states of revision. You can see thirty odd years worth of fascination with the same tale of Beren and Luthien from very early and oddly simplistic Nordic-type style befitting Tolkien's regular scholarship all the way to several nearly full-developed Lays, poems in epic style, of the two characters, of Sa...
  • 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...
  • Fonch
    dedicated to the Spanish society of Tolkien. Ladies and gentlemen if the heat will allow me I will start to write my review of this book by J.R.R. Tolkien said the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck which had two things, that it was better not to know how sausages and laws were made. Not so with this book. Before you begin this criticism should go back to the recesses of my past, because as I said a great master of communication that God be glor...
  • Trish
    Every year, it seems, I set out for at least one bookish quest. This year it turns out to be Tolkien's works (or some of them) about Middle-Earth.My group buddy-read this one this month so I joined. The problem, however, is that while I did read The Lord Of The Rings and even The Hobbit, it was in my early teens, many moons ago, and a translation besides, so I barely remember. What I remember most are the movies (don't get me started on the Hobbi...
  • 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...
  • Els
    *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...
  • Lucia
    I had huge problem with the format of this book. Beren and Lúthien reads like academic writing instead of fantasy novel and I have to admit that reading it was quite tiresome experience. In general, I love Beren & Lúthien story but its execution in this book didn't work for me at all. I guess it must have been difficult to put together unfinished manuscripts of such a mastermind as was J.R.R. Tolkien but still, reading the same story (retold in...
  • Silvana
    Ever since I read the Silmarillion I don't buy this so called greatest romance in the history of Arda since clearly Lúthien and Huan did most of the work while Beren spent most of the time being captured and unconscious. This book is very useful if you want to know how the story evolved and proved my earlier assumption that Beren was one helluva lucky dude. Aside from the gorgeous artwork as usual from Alan Lee, I quite enjoyed the poems and the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Joaquin Mejia
    Reading this book was such a wonderful experience. I am so happy that I got to explore J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth universe again. I always admired J.R.R. Tolkien. His stories about the inhabitants of Middle-earth and their struggle against evil always resonated with me. I truly love the characters, places, and stories that Tolkien showed to the world through his amazing books. Reading this book about Beren and Luthien reminded me about all of ...
  • Lata
    Christopher Tolkien presents a few versions of the story of Beren and Lúthien, and really, the story should just be called Lúthien saves herself and Beren, and she's the best.
  • Suzannah
    Beren and Luthien is a gorgeously-presented work, with some of my favourite Alan Lee illustrations ever, focusing on the development of the Beren-and-Luthien story from The Silmarillion. Unlike The Children of Hurin, this book isn't a complete tale told from beginning to end. Rather, it's more like a mosaic or a patchwork: Christopher Tolkien excerpts from the story as it stood at many different points in Tolkien's creative process, arranging the...
  • 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...