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

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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 ...
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Overview

"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!

Christopher Tolkien continues to mine his father's wealth of previously unpublished material--to the delight of J.R.R. Tolkien's legion of readers. The Lays of Beleriand presents a crucial early prelude to the classic Lord of the Rings saga. Accompanied by the analysis of C.S. Lewis.

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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This is the third volume culled from Tolkien's unpublished manuscripts.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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345388186
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Series: History of Middle-Earth Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 196,677
  • 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.

Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    Beautiful Poetry!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    Amazing

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    Absolutely great

    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:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    Terrific

    Absolutely terrific. No other way to describe any of Tolkien's books

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