JRR Tolkien book Beren and Lúthien published after 100 years

True fans of J.R.R. Tolkien seem to have a love for his work that surpasses even the most die-hard fandoms.

This version of Beren and Luthien was announced a year ago and has been put together by Tolkien's son, Christopher, who collected many iterations of the story to show its evolution.

Beren and Luthien, edited by J.R.R Tolkien's son Christopher Tolkien, is a novel that Tolkien recounted as a story in a chapter of his posthumously published The Silmarillion. A new book by the Lord of the Rings author is going on sale today, and this latest adventure into Middle Earth is a tale of love.

It is said to have been inspired by Tolkien's (left) time in WW1.

According to Tolkien specialist, John Garth (2004 author of Tolkien and the Great War) it is said that during this particular skirmish, Tolkien had lost two of his dearest friends, and that this narrative was a means of him exorcizing and coping with the traumas of war that haunted the famous novelist.

"Beren and Lúthien" brings readers back to the mythical realm of Middle Earth, a land occupied by humans, elves, dwarves, wizards (both good and evil) and, of course, bloodthirsty orcs.

It is accompanied by illustrations by Alan Lee, an artist who previously worked on editions of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other Tolkien books. "I never called Edith Luthien-but she was the source of the story that in time became the chief part of The Silmarillion", he wrote in a letter in 1972. On his and his wife Edith's gravestone, the names Beren and Lúthien have been inscribed.

JRR Tolkien, renowned for his master class fantasy series, Lord of the Rings, gets a new book published, 100 years after its conception.

  • Salvatore Jensen