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New JRR Tolkien book, Beren and Lúthien, is on shelves now. No, really.

June 3rd, 2017 by Marc Comments

Well we honestly thought we’d never see another book from Lord of the Rings creator JRR Tolkien given that he died in 21973, but here we are…

Beren and Lúthien is a new book from the author that was written almost 100 years ago, after he returned from the Battle of the Somme.

The new book was edited by Tolkien’s son Christopher Tolkien and will have illustrations (above and below) by Alan Lee, who won an Academy Award for his work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies.

“Beren and Lúthien is a love story that was partly inspired by Tolkien’s wife, Edith Tolkien specialist John Garth, who wrote Tolkien And The Great War, said the Hobbit author used his writing like an “exorcism” of the horrors he witnessed in World War One.”

He said: “When he came back from the trenches, with trench fever, he spent the winter [of 1916-1917] convalescing.

“He’d lost two of his dearest friends on the Somme and you can imagine he must have been inside as much of a wreck as he was physically.”

The book is out now and we know it’s going to be on Tolkien fans’ must get list.

Source: BBC

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….