Beren and Lúthien (Ill. Alan Lee) (TPB) (Tolkien, J.R.R.)

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone 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 and creatures 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. In this book 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, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.

Udgivet af Harper Collins Publishers U.K. 

J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien var en engelsk forfatter. Han var egentlig "bare" Professor i Oxford, og så endte det med at han blev berømt på godnathistorier han havde fortalt sine børn. Han er nu kendt hele verdenen over som forfatteren til de to bøger som næsten er fundamentet til hele fantasy genren, "The Hobbit" og "The Lord of the Rings." Tolkien var en universitetsprofessor i Oxford som samledes med sine kolleger til møder, hvor han læste højt fra det han var i gang med at skrive. Blandt andet var Tolkien venner med C.S. Lewis, som skrev "Narnia" bøgerne. I 1979 blev der lavet en tegnefilm over første halvdel af "Lord of the Rings." Anden del kom aldrig, men siden har geniet fra New Zealand, Peter Jackson, filmatiseret hele sagaen. Filmtrilogien blev belønnet med masser af filmpriser. Tolkien's søn, Christopher Tolkien har gennem en årrække været gennem sin fars noter og kasserede skriverier. De blev samlet i 12 bind.

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