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Painstakingly restored from Tolkien''s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Luthien 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 Luthien 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 Luthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Luthien 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 Luthien. This is the kernel of the legend; and it leads to the supremely heroic attempt of Beren and Luthien 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 Luthien 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.

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  • Nombre de pages

    288 Pages

  • Longueur

    17.7 cm

  • Largeur

    11.1 cm

  • Épaisseur

    1.8 cm

  • Poids

    152 g

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Spécialiste de philologie faisant autorité dans le monde entier, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) a écrit en 1936 Le Hobbit, considéré comme un classique de la littérature enfantine puis en 1938-1939 un essai sur les contes de fées. Paru en 1949, Farmer Giles of Ham a séduit adultes et enfants. J. R. R. Tolkien a travaillé quatorze ans au cycle intitulé Le seigneur des anneaux composé de : La communauté de l'anneau (1954), Les deux tours (1954), Le retour du roi (1955) - oeuvre magistrale qui s'est imposée dans tous les pays, adaptée à l'écran par Peter Jackson avec le phénoménal succès que l'on sait.