The mortal man and immortal elf are important figures in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth mythology . Now, HarperCollins has announced plans to release Beren and Lúthien in 2017, 100 years after Tolkien first wrote it.
The Middle-earth tale tells of the love between the mortal man and the immortal elf. Lúthien’s father, an Elvish lord, is against their relationship, and so gives Beren an impossible task to fulfill before the two can be married.
Tolkien went back to the story of Beren and Lúthien several times over the years. In addition to the version that first appeared in the 12-volume The History of Middle-Earth series, the new book will feature passages from various different iterations alongside illustrations by Alan Lee. Like all of Tolkien’s posthumous publications, Beren and Lúthien is edited by the author’s son Christopher Tolkien.
Beren and Lúthien, will be released on the 10th anniversary of the publication of The Children of Húrin.