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Beren and Lúthien

Narrated by: Timothy West, Samuel West
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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Painstakingly restored from Tolkien's manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and stand-alone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings with elves and men, dwarves and orcs and the rich landscape unique to Tolkien's Middle-earth.

The tale of Beren and Lúthien 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 Lúthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien 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 Lúthien. This is the kernel of the legend, and it leads to the supremely heroic attempt of Beren and Lúthien together to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril.

Here, Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien 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 on audio, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.

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"A seamless editorial construct, the capstone to a job Christopher Tolkien began with The Silmarillion." (New Statesman)

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  • Megan
  • 17-05-2020

Not a story, but a study of the evolution of one.

This book alternates between notes by Christopher Tolkien & the various manuscripts his father wrote about the title characters. I loved it, but it is a strange experience to listen to it.

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  • Robert Luke
  • 16-05-2020

this is absolute dross. There is NO STORY ! ! !

If you want to hear the actual story of Beren and Lúthien then you will have to go somewhere else because all of this book is just to promote the alleged writing skills of the people who compiled it. Sorry but I have just wasted my time and month's credit token.

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