BEREN AND LUTHIEN
J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
Beren and Luthien fall in love and flee the safety of their realm, searching for a Silmaril from the enemy so they can get married with her father’s permission.
-- First reading (ebook)
I’ve read all the earlier drafts before, some of them more than once. But it was interesting to see the story as it progressed from the initial form to the last draft, and in as much isolation as the author could give us to the rest of the mythology. As with the History of Middle-Earth series, the poetry did very little for me, and although it did push the story development forward, I looked forward to seeing most of that translated to prose in the following section.Spoiler review:
While it was the stated goal of Christopher Tolkien to present the tale
in isolation, without confusing the readers with the myriad details of the
Middle-Earth setting, I’m not sure he succeeded. In trying to explain every
reference to the outside world in the tale, he brings that outside world
into the story in so many fragments that I think new readers would be just
as confused as they already are in reading The Silmarillion. Still, it’s a
great effort, and appreciated. The stories as presented in
The Book of Lost
Tales and the other History of Middle-Earth volumes are presented
chronologically, and present the evolution of the grand tapestry of
Middle-Earth and the Undying Lands. We go from the Tale of Beren and Luthien
to the tale of Turin, and move forward, without looking at how the
individual stories changed.
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