TOLKIEN READING DAY 2016: Life, Death and Immortality 3

Beren and Luthien

The following is a brief outline for Middle-earth fans.

Luthien was the daughter of Thingol, Elven king of Doriath and Melian the Maia. Luthien was revered as the most beautiful of elven maidens.

Beren, a mortal man, son of Barahir, fell in love with Luthien, and she with him.

Together, after many dangerous journeys and incidents they wrested a Silmaril from Morgoth.

However as they were leaving Morgoth’s fortress, Angband, their way was barred by the great wolf, Carcharoth, The Red Maw. Beren held up the Silmaril to protect them, but the wolf bit off his hand and thus consumed the Silmaril. The Silmaril burnt the innards of Carcharoth and drove him crazy with pain and he ran south and went on to terrorise all Beleriand.

Luthien healed Beren and they returned to her father’s kingdom in Doriath. Soon the great wolf came to Doriath and Beren, Thingol, Huan the Hound of Valinor and others went to seek and destroy Carcharoth.

In the ensuing encounter Carcharoth was destroyed by Huan the Hound, but he also died of wounds received. Beren had been mortally wounded as well. The Silmaril was removed from Carcharoth and became an heirloom of Thingol.

Shortly after returning to Thingol’s halls, Beren died and soon after Lúthien too wasted of grief.

Beren’s and Luthien’s spirits were gathered in the Halls of Mandos, and there Lúthien sang a song of such extraordinary power and beauty that it moved even the heart of Mandos.

Luthien was granted a unique fate, to become mortal and return to Middle-earth with Beren, where they dwelt for a time in happiness on the green island of Tol Galen in the River Adurant.

*Read Luthien’s and Beren’s full story and their Quest for the Silmaril in “The Silmarillion” – Chapter “Of Beren and Luthien”

*For more information go to Tolkien Gateway…

Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship will be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day at the following Libraries:

  • March 19, Saturday – Logan North Library, commences at 11:00 am (Southside)
  • March 20, Sunday – Chermside Library, commences at 1:00 pm. (Northside)

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