Raymond Scott Woolson

The Tale of Beren and Lúthien

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote several versions of the tale of Beren and Lúthien, in prose and verse. In 2011 I set myself the task of compiling the fullest, most complete prose version possible, using all the materials available to me. I began by making a prose adaptation of The Lay of Leithian, an unfinished poem written in the 1920's and partially revised in the 1950's. To finish the tale I used the text of the Quenta Silmarillion, edited and published in 1977 by Christopher Tolkien.

Much additional material was drawn from various texts within the History of Middle-earth series, edited and published by Christopher Tolkien between 1983 and 1996: including The Tale of Tinúviel, written between 1917 and 1920; the Quenta Noldorinwa, written in the early 1930's; and The Annals of Aman and The Grey Annals, written between the 1930's and 1950's. Finally, I was able to include a few phrases from The Lord of The Rings, written between 1937 and 1950 and published in 1954-55.

This was a non-scholarly work, made for my own amusement and pleasure. I kept no record of how I assembled the final text from the various sources, and editorial changes made for the sake of internal consistency were entirely according to my own taste. I can say that every word (with the sole exception of one partial bridging sentence) is J.R.R. Tolkien's, though admittedly some of the words traveled a considerable distance from their source to their final place in the tale.

The tale is currently available as a pdf file.

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