J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle Earth is as beautiful as it is expansive. The legendary author was able to create an entire world and around it a rich history full of legend and lore. Of these legends, a particular romance was of special importance to Tolkien. The legend follows the romance between a mortal man Beren and an immortal elf Luthien. In it, Luthien’s father, who disapproves of their relationship, sends Beren on an impossible quest that he must complete in order to take Luthien’s hand in marriage. Of the legend, Tolkien wrote in his novel The Silmarillion:
Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that came down to us from the darkness of those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien
This story, organized by the late author’s son Christopher Tolkien by piecing together the fragments of the narrative that exist within Tolkien’s body of work, is set to publish next year. The names of these two legendary lovers can be found etched into the author’s tombstone and that of his wife. Safe to say that this story was representative of the union Tolkien shared with his wife, Edith Marie. Definitely a must read.
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