100-Year-Old J.R.R Tolkien Book BEREN AND LUTHIEN Being Released in 2017
As hard as it is to believe, the works of J.R.R. Tolkien are approaching a century of existence. EW says Beren and Luthien, a book by the fantasy author, will be available next year as a standalone novel for the first time since its writing in 1917. Beren and Luthien tells the tale of love between a mortal man and an immortal elf, and the romance inspired the events between Aragorn and Arwen in The Lord of the Rings novels and subsequent films. Believe it or not, it tells a much sweeter story than you might initially realize.
Tolkien once told his son Christopher (who will be editing the story) that the characters Beren and Luthien were based on Tolkien's own romance with his wife Edith. There's something beautiful about a man's fictional story about his wife lasting a century to be showcased to the world. I think we all wish we could do something like that to honor our loved ones.
The book will be the same version that appeared in the 12 volume The History of Middle-Earth series and will include additional artwork from Alan Lee and additional passages cut from the first version.
Sounds like something we should check out. And in case you were wondering, The Hobbit turns 100 in 2037.