My copy of Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien has arrived!

Beren and Luthien book copy

Seven months after pre-ordering the book, and three days before publication, I finally have my own copy of Beren and Lúthien!

I’m loving the grey tonality of the front cover, matching that of the distinctly familiar hardback edition of The Children of Húrin.

I can’t wait to start reading this and sharing my thoughts with you all once we’ve leafed through our copies 😀




13 thoughts on “My copy of Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien has arrived!

  1. when I heard this book was coming out it made me hopeful he might do something similar for “The Fall of Gondolin”, so there would be a nice set of three books, but according to Christopher Tolkien this looks like his last book (pg. 16) 😦

      1. I now have my copy of Beren and Luthien (B&L) – will savour it. My thought is that even if this is Christoper Tolkien’s last book a similar book for the Fall of Gondolin could be done by the estate or other family members as B&L mainly relies on already published material with a few comments on how the story was changed over time by J.R.R.T. So there may be more books to come but by others Tolkien scholars than Christopher who is still going strong at 93!

    1. As far as I know, there really isn’t much there to make up the Fall of Gondolin. Tolkien never developed the story that much… but that’s just my limited knwledge, so I could be wrong. I haven’t read The History of Middle-Earth.

  2. Do you think that the Tolkien publishers will release other Tolkien material in the Hardback Deluxe editions that have yet to be released in modern hardcover format, such as:
    1. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    2. Finn and Hengest
    3. Tree and Leaf
    4. Fall of Gondolin

    With regard to the first three texts, these books are only available in trade paperback format, but it would be cool to see them in Deluxe Hardback like the other Deluxe Tolkien books.

    1. Hey Kerrut, thanks for your comment. I’m pretty sure we’re bound to see a hardback and/or deluxe release for the first 3. It’s only a matter of time. as for The Fall of Gondolin, as much as I’d love to see such a book, I highly doubt it. In the preface to Beren and Luthien, Christopher Tolkien has pretty much stated this would be his last book (but never say never 🙂 ).

      1. Hard to believe that Christopher Tolkien is now 10 years older than his father ever was. It would make a fitting conclusion to the literary body of the Tolkiens, though. One of the tales that started it all and arguably the one the was most dear to J.R.R. Tolkien.

  3. Hi James! When are you going to post your review of Beren and Luthien? It would be so cool to hear your thoughts on it! Also when are we going to get that updated Tolkien Book Collection video? Keep up the amazing work! 🙂

    1. Hey Bangsit! I’m still going through the book 😀 But hopefully posting a review soon. As for the Book Collection … soon … soon 😉

  4. Hello, I recently came across your website and am so glad I did!!! I too cannot wait to read what you think of the new Beren and Luthien book. Do you think Tolkien’s grandsons (i.e. Simon Tolkien) will take over the editing of Tolkien’s books after Christopher Tolkien officially retires? Or, will it be one of the Tolkien scholars like John D. Rateliff?

    Also, speaking of John D. Rateliff, do you own a copy of the One-Volume edition of the “History of the Hobbit”? I’m debating between this copy or the 2-volume edition that I saw in your Book collection video.

    Finally, given that you are probably the greatest Tolkien book collector I’ve ever seen, is possible to please provide some advice to future collectors? In particular, I wish to start collecting Tolkien books, but almost every single time they come in the mail, they are always damaged. Did you encounter such problems in ordering Tolkien books? (This has happened with like 4 different companies so far).

    Thank you so much! And congrats on the publication of your new Sherlock Holmes book; I need to buy a copy, as I love Sherlock Holmes stories!

    1. Hey Boris thanks for your wonderful comments 🙂

      As for Simon Tolkien taking the helm …. hmmm, I’m not sure. He has already established himself as an author so who knows? We’ll have to wait and see I guess.

      I currently own the 2-volume edition of Rateliff’s book but the one-volume edition looks wonderful 🙂

      “Greatest” Tolkien book collector? I’m humbled, but I’m sure there are other fellow collectors with substantially larger collections than my tiny corner.

      My advice to collecting is: start simple. Building up a collection takes time. You could begin by focusing on paperbacks first and then move onto hardbacks. Some collectors for example, instead of using their hard-earned money on trying to buy every Tolkien book, prefer collecting different editions of their favourite book, or focusing on all the various language editions of The Hobbit, with some interesting results!

      For Tolkien books I’d suggest you try ordering from the official shop: Obviously there’s no guarantee that they won’t come without any slight knocks or some other issues (given it’s done via mail) but the official shop is a very reliable and professional service.

      Hope this helps and thanks once again for getting in touch! Good luck with your collecting 🙂

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