Tolkien's "Beren and Luthien" story to be published in stand-alone format next year, edited by Christopher Tolkien and fully illustrated by Alan Lee. Per a Harpercollins press release, as found on the Too Many Books blog (Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull, who have written many annotated Tolkien books). This format should give the story the attention it deserves! To the general public it's just another part of the Silmarillion.
I like the idea, and, as my avatar might indicate to those in the know , I I have a great love for Lee's treatment of "The Children of Hurin".
Now, the businessman in me only sees ravens in the sky, once again: By de-facto republishing the most important parts of the Silmarilion as extended bit parts, the Tolkien estate makes their property much easier to re-license, in a future when old Christopher eventually passes. And while I don't mind, say, Peter Jackson, giving the Silmarilion the "Lord of the Rings" treatment, I am pretty weary of anyone giving "Beren and Luthien", say, the "Hobbit" treatment.
This is great news. My son sent me this link yesterday and I'm all pumped to go out and buy one.
You know, a movie specific to "Children of Hurin" or one of "Beren and Luthien" could be a lot of fun. Throw that in with some background of the quest for the Silmarils and maybe Peter Jackson could do another trilogy. I would go watch it.
EDIT TO ADD: Even if this is very similar to the stories already in the Silmarillion, having the Beren and Luthien story printed as its own volume might get more folks reading the Silmarillion. I know a lot of folks who get stuck on the first part of the book and never get to the good stuff later on....
Last Edit: Oct 20, 2016 6:09:53 GMT -6 by Finarvyn
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