J.R.R. Tolkien's 100-year-old novel, Beren and Lúthien, has arrived!

When he died in 1973, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien left his personal magnum opus largely uncompleted.

By 1977, his son Christopher Tolkien had connected enough of his father’s manuscripts and notes to publish The Silmarillion, the story of the myths that created Middle-Earth and preceded Frodo and his friends’ quest. But Christopher didn’t stop there. The latest (and, by Christopher’s own admission, probably the last) such book focuses on one of the best stories J.R.R. Tolkien ever came up with: The star-crossed romance of the human Beren and the elf Lúthien.

Like many stories in The Silmarillion, Beren and Lúthien is an echo of a similar dynamic in LOTR. Fans of Peter Jackson’s LOTR film adaptations probably remember the tortured romance between the immortal elf princess Arwen and all-too-human warrior Aragorn. Beren and Lúthien have a similar dynamic, but of even more mythic proportions. Beren isn’t just scorned by Lúthien’s imperious father; he’s ordered to prove himself by stealing a crown jewel from the devil himself. There’s an Isle of Werewolves, a gigantic hound named Huan, and a journey to the underworld and back.

Beren and Lúthien therefore makes a good introduction to LOTR fans nervous about taking on The Silmarillion, and also gives longtime fans a fascinating look at the Tolkiens’ myth-making process.

Find this title in the New Books area under SF Tolkien, J.R.R.

(Review excerpted from : http://ew.com/books/2017/06/05/jrr-tolkien-beren-and-luthien-review/)

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