Beren and Luthien

Автор: J.R.R.Tolkien

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Издател HarperCollins-Publishers
Брой страници 288
Година на издаване 2017
Корици меки
Език английски
Тегло 304 грама
Размери 13x20
ISBN 9780008214227
Баркод 9780008214227
Категории на английски език, Художествена литература на чужди езици, Художествена литература, Книги

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien's manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Luthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien's Middle-earth.



The tale of Beren and Luthien was, or became, an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World conceived by J.R.R. Tolkien. Returning from France and the battle of the Somme at the end of 1916, he wrote the tale in the following year.


Essential to the story, and never changed, is the fate that shadowed the love of Beren and Luthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Luthien was an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Luthien. This is the kernel of the legend; and it leads to the supremely heroic attempt of Beren and Luthien together to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril.


In this book Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Luthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded; but that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father's own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.

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J. R. R. Tolkien was born in South Africa in 1892. After serving as a lieutenant in the First World War, he had a distinguished academic career and was recognised as one of the finest philologists in the world (philology is the study of literature). He held numerous professorships, and was awarded many prestigious prizes. He died in 1973.
The Hobbit, Professor Tolkien's first published work, begins the tale which continues with the three much longer volumes of The Lord of the Rings. It started as a family story told to his children in the 1930s - and once published it met with instant success. It has been in print in a variety of different editions ever since.

"A finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls... an exciting epic of travel and magical adventure, all working up to a devastating climax." Observer

"A flawless masterpiece." The Times