Lord of the Rings spinoff tale being published 100 years after Tolkien conceived it

It was a story that inspired much of the Lord of the Rings saga, along with J.R.R. Tolkien’s personal life, and now the story of Beren and Lúthien is getting its own solo printing.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Beren and Lúthien will be published in 2017, a century after the legendary fantasy author first wrote the story. The tale follows a human man who falls in love with an immortal elf (a familiar theme across the entire Middle-earth canon, obviously), and the characters appear in The Silmarillion. The Lord of the Rings story of Aragorn and Arwen is an obvious homage to this story, and the characters are actually referenced by Aragorn in Lord of the Rings.

Tolkien always had a deep passion for this Middle-earth love story, and on his grave stone actually refers to himself as Beren and his wife Edith as Lúthien. So for fans, it’s great to see it get some renewed attention here. The book release will be drawn from content included in The History of Middle-Earth (a 12-volume mountain of content), along with passages pertaining to the characters from other Tolkien works. The release will feature illustrations from artist Alan Lee, and the entire project will be edited by Tolkien’s son Christopher.

Do you plan on checking out Beren and Lúthien?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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