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The Lays of Beleriand

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The Lays of Beleriand
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AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
PublisherHoughton Mifflin
ReleasedNovember 20, 1985

The Lays of Beleriand was the third volume to The History of Middle-earth and gives us a privileged insight into the creation of the mythology of Middle-earth, through the alliterative verse tales of two of the most crucial stories in Tolkien's world - those of Túrin Turambar and of Beren and Lúthien. The first of the poems is the unpublished Lay of the Children of Húrin, narrating on a grand scale the tragedy of Túrin Turambar. The second is the moving Lay of Leithian, the chief source of the tale of Beren and Lúthien in The Silmarillion, telling of the Quest of the Silmaril and the encounter with Morgoth in his subterranean fortress.



  • Preface

The Lay of the Children of Húrin

  • Prologue (Húrin and Morgoth)
  • I Túrin's Fostering
  • II Beleg
  • III Failivrin

Second Version of the Lay

  • I (Hurin and Morgoth)
  • II Turin's Fostering

Poems Early Abandoned

The Lay of Leithian


The Lay of Leithian Recommenced

  • Note on the original submission on the Lay of Leithian and The Silmarillion in 1937
  • Glossary of Obsolete, Archaic, and Rare Words and Meanings
  • Index

The History of Middle-earth series
The Book of Lost Tales Part One · The Book of Lost Tales Part Two · The Lays of Beleriand · The Shaping of Middle-earth · The Lost Road and Other Writings · The Return of the Shadow · The Treason of Isengard · The War of the Ring · Sauron Defeated · Morgoth's Ring · The War of the Jewels · The Peoples of Middle-earth · Index