Beren and Lúthien are finally getting their own novel! J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary love story between the man and the elf has already been interpreted several times throughout his work. Now, 100 years later, Christopher Tolkien (J.R.R.’s son) is releasing the tale that very well may have inspired Aragorn and Arwen.
The book takes place in the First Age, about 6,500 years before The Lord of the Rings. Beren was a mortal man, who fell in love with Lúthien, an immortal elf. Her father, King Thingol, did not approve of this relationship. Sound familiar?
Naturally, Thingol sent Beren on an impossible quest to prove himself to his prospective father-in-law. Yeah, just like what any disapproving father would do. Lúthien followed, as Beren was tasked with retrieving one of the three hallowed stones of light, the Silmarils, from none other than the OG Dark Lord Morgoth.
You know, the guy that was the mentor of this guy:
These two mythical lovebirds (Beren/Lúthien, not Morgoth/Sauron) held an especially important place in Tolkien’s world, and in his heart. He even saw himself and his wife as Beren and Lúthien, as seen on their gravestone. This story was recounted in the Silmarillion, and by Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. With this news, we can look forward to getting a novel that is solely focused on retelling their epic romance and adventure in the early age of Middle Earth.
This announcement follows the success of The Children of Hurin. It was another Tolkien manuscript completed by Christopher, released in 2007. Even though Tolkien is long gone, his legacy and brilliant universe live on. The question now is how long it will be before we get films based on Hurin and Beren and Lúthien! What’s Peter Jackson up to?
HarperCollins announced that Beren and Lúthien goes on sale April 5, 2017. Expect to see vampires, werewolves, and everyone’s favourite Dark Lord of Mordor: Sauron.
Too bad we won’t get to see this little guy though: