Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien Read From The Tale of Beren and Lúthien


Cover detail: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien/Penguin Random House ©

The opportunity to hear a writer read from his or her work is a rare one, particularly when the author in question has been dead for over 40 years, like J.R.R. Tolkien. Happily some kind YouTuber has uploaded just over three minutes of the master reading from his short work The Tale of Beren and Lúthien.

Tolkien wrote and rewrote The Tale of Beren and Lúthien many times over his career, but the version most of us are familiar with is the one included in his work The Silmarillion. It is the story of a mortal man, Beren, and an Elf maiden, Lúthien. It is a tragedy, and one with special meaning to the ranger Aragorn, who recalls it for his companions in The Fellowship of the Ring. (There’s a version of the scene in the movie.)

“Majestic!…readers of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS…will find THE SILMARILLION a cosmology to call their own…medieval romances, fierce fairy tales and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury…it overwhelms the reader.” -TIME

Those interested in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth should not be without this grand volume that tells the tragic tale of the struggle for control of the Silmarils, a struggle that would determine the history of the world long before the War of the Ring.