Desperate for more tales from Middle-earth? Your wish is about to be granted, with the announcement that the late J.R.R. Tolkien’s family is planning to publish a never-before-seen story in May 2017, a century after it was first written.
The new book from the mind behind The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, titled Beren and Lúthien, is reportedly set 6,500 years before the events of LOTR and will tell the story of a romance between a mortal man, Beren, and an immortal elf named Lúthien.
It’s a story that carries a special significance for Tolkien - Beren and Lúthien are the names emblazoned on the grave he shares with his wife, Edith. “I never called Edith Lúthien – but she was the source of the story,” he disclosed in a letter to his son Christopher, who edited the book.
“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,” the book’s HarperCollins description reads. “To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, [Christopher] 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.”
Beren and Lúthien is just one of the iconic author’s works to be rediscovered in 1973, along with the unfinished sinister revenge tale, The Story of Kullervo, which was published last year.
Tell us in the comments below, what’s your favourite Tolkien book? Are you looking forward to Beren and Lúthien?