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Beren and Lúthien, by J.R.R. Tolkien

agentdrake's review against another edition

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adventurous dark hopeful reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

ducky's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

westrany's review against another edition

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5.0

I'm a hopeless biased case when it comes to Tolkien books...
One of the most romantic stories happening across the First Age of the world. Beautiful poetry written in such magnificent rymes that carve deep into one's heart.
A perfect book for Middle-Earth lovers.

jerseyfemme's review against another edition

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slow-paced

3.0

bluenightguitar's review

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adventurous challenging emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

mzucker8's review against another edition

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3.0

Actual story part was good

shun1's review against another edition

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informative

3.0

lannnnnnnnnaaaaaaaaa's review against another edition

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4.0

Definitely a great book for those who love Tolkien and want to learn about Middle Earth

cami88's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional informative inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

5.0

nwhyte's review against another edition

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4.0

https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3499182.html

To be honest, I don't think there was much new here - most of the material is in The Book of Lost Tales vol 2 and The Lays of Beleriand, published in 1984 and 1985 and which I read in 2011. The Beren and Lúthien story was of huge personal significance to his father - it's interesting to me that Tolkien, whose name had seven letters ending with -ien, found forbidden love with Edith Bratt, whose name had five letters starting with B. And as presented here, we see Tolkien's story-telling skills mature in the different versions of the tale. In the final version, in fact, Lúthien ends up as rather a kick-ass character who rescues Beren and challenges both Morgoth and her father. (This was largely edited out for The Silmarillion; a big mistake.) I think as presented here it's a bit more digestible than in the 1980s books, but if you already have them you can probably skip this.