The most well liked ebook launch of the week is Beren And Lúthien, a 100-year-old romance novel from Lord Of The Rings writer J.R.R. Tolkien. Set in Center Earth hundreds of years earlier than the occasions of his legendary trilogy, Tolkien conceived this story of the love between a mortal human and a divine elf princess after coming back from the trenches of World Struggle I. A number of variations of the story have been revealed through the years, together with in The Silmarillion, however that is the primary time it’s showing as a standalone ebook. As with lots of Tolkien’s posthumously revealed work, this new version, which was first announced last year, was edited by his son Christopher. It additionally contains illustrations by Alan Lee, who received an Academy Award for his idea paintings on Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings movies.
Beren And Lúthien tells of the connection between Beren, a mortal man, and Lúthien, a half-elf/half-divine princess. Naturally, her father, an elf king, doesn’t approve of their love and sends the 2 on an epic quest. Whereas it attracts inspiration from the Welsh folktale Culhwch And Olwen, it’s typically speculated that the story was impressed by the real-world rigidity between Tolkien and his spouse’s father, who is alleged to have disapproved of the writer’s faith. What we do know is that the tombstones on the couple’s closing resting place is adorned with the names Beren and Lúthien.
[through Los Angeles Times]
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