TRUE MYTHS

Concerning Hidden Realities and Human Destiny

TOLKIEN'S REQUIEM


Concerning Beren and Lúthien

A contemplative journey through Tolkien's most personal and pivotal Middle-earth tale.

ABOUT THE BOOK


'I will tell you the tale of Tinúviel,’ said Strider, ‘in brief – for it is a long tale of which the end is not known . . . though it is sad, as are all tales of Middle-earth . . . yet it may lift up your hearts.'


It all started here. In 1917, while on leave from a brutal war, a young J.R.R. Tolkien watched his wife Edith dance in a hemlock glade. This vision of beauty, a reprieve from the bitter agonies of World War I, inspired the story that led to the creation of Middle-earth.

Tolkien's Requiem explores the tale of Beren and Lúthien as the doorway through which one may enter into the vast history of Middle-earth, an era which forms the backdrop for the beloved stories of Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf, and Aragorn. For fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings hungry for more of Middle-earth yet daunted by The Silmarillion’s complexity, Tolkien's Requiem serves as a concise introduction to the themes and stories of the First Age.

Any true Tolkien fan owes it to themselves to become familiar with the story that Tolkien called the "kernel of the Middle-earth mythology," a story so important to him that, in the face of death, it was his final triumphant word.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


John Carswell

Some years ago, John fell in love with the philosophical and creative vision of J.R.R. Tolkien. In 2014, he launched the website TrueMyths.org as a means of exploring and unpacking all of the riches contained in Middle-earth and Tolkien's other works. He hosts The Tolkien Road podcast with his wife Greta, and is currently working on a second book aimed at unpacking and exploring Tolkien's lesser known works. He also creates music under the moniker Pale Horse Sailor.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING...


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"I wish I’d been able to read [Tolkien's Requiem] years ago. I find a lot of Tolkien criticism dull, boring, borderline unreadable, but [the] passion and love of Professor Tolkien come through in every sentence..."

-- Lance Acanfrio

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"I enjoyed reading this and look forward to jumping into The Silmarillion again, with greater attention to Beren and Lúthien."

-- Nicole Stallworth

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"This is too wonderful...What a gift to the world!"

-- Anna Yager

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