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Of Beren and Luthien

Ardamírë
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Oct 23 2012, 2:45am


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The tale of Beren and Luthien is one of my favorite, along with the other two Great Tales. Obviously, The Children of Hurin was written in a fuller and more detailed fashion than most of the other tales. Other stories to get the same treatment are the beginning of a new version of The Fall of Gondolin, the abandoned but completely new Wanderings of Hurin, and another less-known work by the name of The Mariner's Wife.

The Children of Hurin has now been completed by the love and labour of Christopher Tolkien, much to my great pleasure.

But I must now wonder about the course of the writing of the tale of Beren and Luthien. In the forward to The War of the Jewels, Christopher made mention of "an abandoned prose saga of Beren and Luthien" that was written in the aftermath of the completion of The Lord of the Rings. What is this? I have wondered about it for many years. It seems amazing to me that of all the stories of the Elder Days, this new telling should be left unpublished.

I seem to recall reading somewhere in HoME that this telling reached only to Beren's entrance into Doriath. I can't remember for sure, and I wouldn't even know where to find it. Does anyone know anything about this expanded version? Was it used as part of the published Silmarilion?

I know, I know, so many questions, and rambling ones at that, but I'm just so curious about it. I hope some of you out there have some info for me Smile

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales

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Of Beren and Luthien Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Oct 23 2012, 2:45am
    the long prose Beren and Luthien Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Oct 23 2012, 12:04pm
        I knew I had read something like that Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Oct 23 2012, 1:17pm
    Where is geordie? Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Oct 25 2012, 8:14pm
        browsing through books I bet Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Oct 26 2012, 4:27am
            I hope he returns soon Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Oct 26 2012, 1:34pm
                Hullo geordie Send a private message to geordie Oct 26 2012, 7:26pm
                    Thanks for the help Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Oct 26 2012, 9:03pm
                        Just guessing Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Oct 27 2012, 2:25pm
                            Even if it were so close Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Oct 27 2012, 3:40pm
                                Just dreaming Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Oct 27 2012, 6:02pm
                                    That would be brilliant Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Oct 27 2012, 6:08pm

 
 
 

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