The Lays of Beleriand (History of Middle-Earth #3)

The Lays of Beleriand (History of Middle-Earth #3)

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by J. R. R. Tolkien
     
 

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"The power of Tolkien's central characters . . . shines through." Library Journal.
A treasure trove of lore for old and new friends of Middle-earth. Enter now, reader, and learn of the hero of the Lay of Leithian. Hear as well of the early years of Turin the Tall, as he journeys through darkness on his quest to find his father. Read of his rescue by

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"The power of Tolkien's central characters . . . shines through." Library Journal.
A treasure trove of lore for old and new friends of Middle-earth. Enter now, reader, and learn of the hero of the Lay of Leithian. Hear as well of the early years of Turin the Tall, as he journeys through darkness on his quest to find his father. Read of his rescue by Beleg the Brave, and of the dark destiny that haunts their friendship! Only the genius of Tolkien could create a fantasy more real than reality, a reality more fantastic than fantasy!

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is the third volume culled from Tolkien's unpublished manuscripts. Two tales from the Silmarillion the tragedy of Turin Turambar and the epic quest of Beren and Luthienappear in early versions. Turin's story is told in alliterative verse, the other in rhymed couplets. The multiple extant versions of each poem have been painstakingly arranged and synthesized by Tolkien's son Christopher, who has also provided elaborate notes on their relation to previously published works. While the power of Tolkien's central characterstragic, cursed Turin; the lovers Beren and Luthienshines through these poems, they are of interest chiefly in showing the development of a writer's ideas. For comprehensive literature and fantasy collections. Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345388186
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Series:
History of Middle-Earth Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
490,868
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 4.28(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) was the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and The Children of Húrin. His books have been translated into more than forty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 3, 1892
Date of Death:
September 2, 1973
Place of Birth:
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
Place of Death:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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The Lays of Beleriand (History of Middle-Earth #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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You may not be familiar with Tolkien's alliterative poetry; his is actually the best I've ever seen, and he was famous for it in college. The two main tales are 'The geste of Beren and Luthien' (rhymed) and 'The Children of Hurin' (non-rhymed). Beren and Luthien is an incredibly romantic story. Unfortunately, Tolkien only put some of the prose version from The Silmarillion into poetry, so to finish the story, you need to refer there. The same goes for The Children of Hurin and its finished counterpart 'Narn i hin Hurin' in The Unfinished Tales. Supreme stories, and beautiful poetry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good you can't put it down! This is a great book filled with romance and adventure, and it will take you to a new world. If you love books by Tolkien you will love this one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is so tragic and beautiful that it gave me the shiver.I have no words to explane how it makes me feel.....outstanding:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely terrific. No other way to describe any of Tolkien's books