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Beren and Lúthien

Narrated by: Timothy West, Samuel West
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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Presented for the first time on audio, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves, Men and Orcs and the rich landscape unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth in this unabridged recording read by critically acclaimed father and son, Timothy and Samuel West. 

Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was an immortal Elf. Her father, a great Elvish lord, was deeply opposed to Beren, and imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Lúthien. Undaunted by Lord Thingol’s challenge, Beren and Lúthien embark on the supremely heroic attempt to rob Morgoth, the greatest of all evil beings, of a Silmaril, one of the hallowed jewels that adorn the Black Enemy’s crown. The tale of Beren and Lúthien, which was written shortly after J.R.R. Tolkien returned from the Battle of the Somme in 1916, was an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion

In this book Christopher Tolkien has extracted the various versions of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work in which they are embedded. To show something of the process whereby this Great Tale of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he tells 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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Critic Reviews

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

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  • Ms. Rhiannon
  • 02-07-2020

very disappointing

Snippets of JRR's storytelling interrupted by Christopher's long winded descriptions of what his father was thinking, and what was happening with the family and what color hat he was wearing when he wrote each passage (okay, that last part was exaggeration but not by much). This is not a book for anyone interested in the story, since the constant commentary made it impossible to follow the flow of JRR's brilliance.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-2020

Good listen if a bit scattered in presentation.

While narration was very listenable, the story was a little unreachable as it has been too many years since I was a more enthusiastic fan of The Sillmarilion.

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  • jeremy canaan
  • 02-06-2020

Too much changed

Changing names and making Beren an elf not a man was really odd. Not great

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-2020

Love this!

I love hearing the progression of this story and the different iterations that were made throughout Tolkien’s life. It also shows all of the work that Christopher had to put into the Silmarillion to get a final story.

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  • HT
  • 15-09-2020

Beautiful story, but a little too recycled

It's a beautiful story, but the book isn't intended to be an original novel. A little too much recycled content.

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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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  • Danny Ó Seachnasaigh
  • 12-06-2020

Wonderful

The narration allows the listener to be enveloped into the world and the initial prose as well as CT's notes allows for the poetry to be better understood. Not just for LOTR fans but worthwhile for anyone interested in poetry and/or legends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-2020

loved it

loved all the ways the story was read all the diffrent versions and the poems beren and lúthien was a brilliant story and I intend to.listen to all the others both readers had me emersed completely

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-2020

Truely excellent, but only for die hard Tolkien fans

Really nice listening to see the evolution of the narrative, in parts a little too much detail maybe but I'm glad it was included to creat a comprehensive understanding of the matter. If you are seeking just a quick story then maybe this isn't for you as Christopher's intention is to amalgamate an incredible amount of source material from his father.