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Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien (review)

Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien (review) Book Reviews * * * Beren and Lúthien, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 288 pp. $30.00 (h-ard cover). ISBN 9781328791825. Christopher Tolkien, now in his nineties, has given us one additional entry in his meticulously documented compendium of his father’s grand legendarium. This volume appropriately concerns Beren and Lúthien, reportedly its author’s favorite tale, and one cert -ainly cen tral to the structure and mythology of his sub-creation. There are many readers for whom The Lord of the Rings was a t-rans formative experience, one they hoped they would get again when The Silmarillion finally came out, and then again when Christopher T - olk ien began the monumental task of sifting through all the various scraps and bits on his father’s desk to combine into a whole. For some readers, alas, that never happened. For others, The Silmarillion was even more profoundly effective. Over the decades since my first impassioned immersion in The Lord of the Rings as a junior high school student in 1966, I’ve talked t - o nu merous Middle-earth fans who’ve had a range of readerly responses to The Silmarillion and other works. For a long time http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien (review)

Tolkien Studies , Volume 15 – Oct 27, 2018

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Book Reviews * * * Beren and Lúthien, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 288 pp. $30.00 (h-ard cover). ISBN 9781328791825. Christopher Tolkien, now in his nineties, has given us one additional entry in his meticulously documented compendium of his father’s grand legendarium. This volume appropriately concerns Beren and Lúthien, reportedly its author’s favorite tale, and one cert -ainly cen tral to the structure and mythology of his sub-creation. There are many readers for whom The Lord of the Rings was a t-rans formative experience, one they hoped they would get again when The Silmarillion finally came out, and then again when Christopher T - olk ien began the monumental task of sifting through all the various scraps and bits on his father’s desk to combine into a whole. For some readers, alas, that never happened. For others, The Silmarillion was even more profoundly effective. Over the decades since my first impassioned immersion in The Lord of the Rings as a junior high school student in 1966, I’ve talked t - o nu merous Middle-earth fans who’ve had a range of readerly responses to The Silmarillion and other works. For a long time

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