The Lays of Beleriand
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The Lays of Beleriand

By (author) Christopher Tolkien , Original author J. R. R. Tolkien

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The third volume that contains the early myths and legends which led to the writing of Tolkien's epic tale of war, The Silmarillion. This, the third volume of The History of Middle-earth, gives us a priviledged insight into the creation of the mythology of Middle-earth, through the alliterative verse tales of two of the most crucial stories in Tolkien's world - those of Turien and Luthien. The first of the poems is the unpublished Lay of The Children of Hurin, narrating on a grand scale the tragedy of Turin Turambar. The second is the moving Lay of Leithian, the chief source of the tale of Beren and Luthien in The Silmarillion, telling of the Quest of the Silmaril and the encounter with Morgoth in his subterranean fortress. Accompanying the poems are commentaries on the evolution of the history of the Elder Days. Also included is the notable criticism of The Lay of The Leithian by CS Lewis, who read the poem in 1929.

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • 16 Jun 1993
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • With index
  • 0261102265
  • 9780261102262
  • 57,183

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J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide

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'A worthy addition to The History of Middle-earth' Mallorn 'Anyone loving the oiginal books will want to study this one' Daily Mail

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