In The Lays of Beleriand, the third volume of a set of twelve books called The History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien has published fragments of J.R.R. Tolkien’s long poem The Lay of Leithian. One of the versions reached some 4000 verses. This was to be a poem about a mortal Beren and an immortal elf-maiden Luthien whose story is familiar to all who had read The Silmarillion.
This poem never reached its end, because at one point Tolkien decided to start all over again, and the new version also never reached its end. All parts of this story are heavily emended by the author, and in The Lays of Beleriand Christopher Tolkien gives us elaborate explanations about dates, order of writing, reasons for changing certain parts.
Here before you is an attempt of a fan of Tolkien’s work to edit this complicated collection of fragments into a continuous poem. It is meant as a reading for those who have already read Christopher Tolkien’s book, and also for those who haven’t, in order to show them the taste of Tolkien’s poetry.
To those who know the work in its original it will be clear which parts were edited by this fan. Others should bear in mind that many of the names have been changed to make the poem coherent, while some of the characters change their name in the course of development only because some parts are from older and some from the later version, but the changing of those names would have affected the rhyme and the meter. So if the reader feels a desire to understand this work better, they should consider reading the original work, that also contains another epic poem, one about Turin Turambar written in alliterative verse.
Canto1 - OF THINGOL IN DORIATH
Canto2 - OF LÚTHIEN THE BELOVED
Canto3 - OF DAERON MINSTREL OF THINGOL
Canto4 - OF MORGOTH & THE SNARING OF GORLIM
Canto5 - OF THE SAVING OF KING FINROD FELAGUND BY THE XII BËORINGS
Canto6 - OF TARN AELUIN THE BLESSED
Canto7 - OF GORLIM UNHAPPY
Canto8 - OF BEREN SON OF BARAHIR AND HIS ESCAPE
Canto9 - OF THE COMING OF BEREN TO DORIATH; BUT FIRST IS TOLD OF THE MEETING OF MELIAN AND THINGOL
Canto10 - Canto 10
Canto11 - Canto 11
Canto12 - Canto 12
Canto13 - Canto 13
Canto14 - Canto 14
Canto15 - Canto 15
Canto16 - Canto 16
Canto17 - Canto 17
Canto18 - Canto 18
Canto19 - Canto 19
Canto20 - Canto 20
Canto21 - Canto 21
Canto22 - Canto 22