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Beren and Lúthien
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(It was suggested that it needs its own thread.)

Here is the American press release:
http://www.hmhco.com/media-center/pre ... tolkien-beren-and-luthien

The only way I can parse it is that the main body of the book, the illustrated portion, is the version from The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two, followed by a long appendix by Christopher Tolkien exploring the further development of the story through “passages … from later texts”.

It is an odd choice, more a “proto-Beren and Lúthien” than anything else. It is a beautiful and fun text, but, Beren is not a mortal man in that version, nor is there any character named Lúthien. The only possible explanation that I can think of is that the publishers insisted, or Christopher was himself convinced, that it had to be (a) prose, and (b) complete.

Otherwise, it’s impossible not to conclude that ‘The Lay of Leithian’ is the masterpiece, the great and definitive version of this tale, which, even though it lacks an ending, is one of the longest and most substantive of all Tolkien’s Middle-earth writings. The more obvious solution would have been to supply a prose ending from the Silmarillion tradition (not at all unlike what was done to create a middle section for The Children of Húrin).

Posted on: 2016/10/19 14:39


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That is also the way Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull have parsed the text in their blog post, though John Garth suggests that it may mean something else.

I have collected number of links, including those two, in my own post (and thank you for the link to the HMH press release!)

http://parmarkenta.blogspot.com/2016/10/on-beren-and-luthien.html

Posted on: 2016/10/19 15:38


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Hopefully, they will do similar events to the Children of Hurin that was done for release of that book.

Posted on: 2016/10/20 2:25


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So it's 304 pages... not bad. Just a little shorter in length than Children of Hurin.

http://www.tolkien.co.uk/product/9780 ... 97/BEREN+AND+L%C3%9ATHIEN

Not that the page count tells us anything about the content, but it's good to know this will be a modestly substantial read.

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Interesting looking at some news stories on the web, some seem to have an issue with "Lúthien"

In some cases it turns into the text below.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what ... -to-be-published-in-2017/

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Posted on: 2016/10/20 8:06



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