Beren and Luthien, the not so lost story


The tale of Beren and Luthien, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has many names in it, and is around 80 years old.  This is a story told in The Lord of the Rings. Some might be intruiged by mentionings in the series. At the beginning of the book, it tells the story, but only ⅓ of the way through the book, the story ends. For the rest of the book, it is writings from the author, passages from other writings about Beren and Luthien, and poems. The longest poem was over 1500 lines, and took quite awhile to read because I did not understand some of the references, and, just in general, the wording was confusing.

The story is about a renegade, whose kingdom was destroyed, and his father killed, met a magical woodland fairy who could dance anyone to sleep with a special dress on. The renegade’s name is Beren, and the elf fairy’s name was Tinuviel / Luthien. Beren stumbled across Luthien’s magical dancing, and instantly fell in love with her. They asked Luthien’s father, Tinwelint, for his blessing of their marriage. Her father did not approve of Beren, and sent him on an impossible task, to go to Melko, the evilest and most powerful being in the universe, and steal a silmaril from his iron crown. Silmarils are gems of immense magic and beauty, and to top it off, Melko was a giant.

Off Beren went, to get a Silmaril. Luthien longed to go and help him, but Tinwelint put her in a small shack in the tallest tree in the world, with the ladders used to give her food, water, and anything else she requested. If a worker left a ladder up, then he/she would be killed. In her time in the shack, Luthien wove a magical dress that made others fall asleep. She used it to escape from the tree, and find Beren. When she was on her way to Melko’s castle, she came across Huan, the mightiest of the dogs. He told her that Beren was a slave in Tevildo’s quarters. (Tevildo is Melko’s immense, evil cat, with a kingdom of cats that brought food for Melko) Huan helped Luthien get Beren because she was an enchanting maiden that he wanted to help, and he hated Tevildo. After that, a series of exciting events happened, but I do not want to spoil the story. You will have to read the book yourself.

This was a very confusing book for me at the beginning, because I had never read, or watched anything about the Lord of the Rings before. It has a guide in the back of the book, but I could not remember anything, I recommend this book for Lord of the Rings fans, and anyone interested in poems, because this book’s’ got plenty.