JRR Tolkien, renowned for his master class fantasy series, Lord of the Rings, gets a new book published, 100 years after its conception.
The newly published book, Beren and Lúthien is described as being derived from a very personal time, where Tolkien had returned from the First World War, Specifically The Battle of Somme. According to Tolkien specialist, John Garth (2004 author of Tolkien and the Great War) it is said that during this particular skirmish, Tolkien had lost two of his dearest friends, and that this narrative was a means of him exorcizing and coping with the traumas of war that haunted the famous novelist. Garth went on to mention that one of the more pivotal and key scenes depicted within Beren and Lúthien, is actually based on a walk Tolkein’s Wife, Edith took in East Yorkshire, where she danced in an opening glade, filled with white flowers.
Beren and Lúthien, a love story based on Tolkien’s Wife, Edith, follows the story of a mortal man and an immortal elf who team up and try to steal from a great evil being, known as Melkor. The story was edited by Christopher Tolkien, son of JRR, now aged 92. Christopher still has the original story written by his father, which shows how the narrative conforms to The Simarillion, a collection of works done by JRR posthumously by Christopher Tolkien.
Beren and Lúthien will contain illustrations done by Peter Lee, Academy Award Winner, for his work on Peter Jackson’s King Kong. The new book, published June 1, 2017 on the 10th anniversary of the last Middle-earth book, The Children of Hurin.