Beren and Lúthien, a centenary publication — John Garth

In a wood filled with a cloud of white flowers, a soldier walked in the spring of 1917 with his wife, and she sang and danced for him. To that battle-worn lieutenant, J R R Tolkien, Edith’s dance was an unforgettable glimpse of unearthly joy in the midst of sorrow and horror. It inspired the story he saw […]

via Beren and Lúthien, a centenary publication — John Garth

A new Tolkien book is always exciting! Granted, this sounds like it might not have any new material that isn’t already published in other books. But still, the story of Beren and Luthien is one of my absolute favorites, and I welcome the chance to read even many variations of it in its own book, accompanied by the lovely art of Alan Lee.

Also, as a little heads-up for you guys, I’m preparing another book review of a more recent (well, no more than 10 years old…) fantasy novel, so look out for that in the next week or so. Happy reading!


2 thoughts on “Beren and Lúthien, a centenary publication — John Garth

  1. This is quite exciting! I hope this is a more approachable text for those readers who are hesitant to read The Silmarillion. However, the recent releases have all felt a little scholarly in tone and if this book presents different manuscript versions of the same story, it might not feel very accessible to the general public. Of course, I understand Christopher’s desire to present the text “as is” rather than make editorial choices to create a coherent story. But, all the same, it seems like an approach that is welcoming only to Tolkien critics.

    1. Agreed, it does seem like it will mostly appeal to the hardcore and scholars. A pity that there isn’t a more standalone and accessible version available, but they can’t exactly give us what Tolkien hasn’t written.

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