Beren and Luthien are a fictitious reflection of the real life romance that Tolkien had with his wife. The story of Beren and Luthien is about a mortal man who is in love with an immortal elf. Luthien gives up her immortality to stay with the man she loves. JRR Tolkien was an adamant defender of fairy tales. He thought that escapist literature was a great way to get out of the grim circumstances of your life and that doing so was not a weakness, but a better idea than talking about the prison people find themselves in.
- Tolkien was inspired to write due to his love for his wife and his experiences in World War 1.
- Christopher Tolkien has taken his father’s writings about two middle earth star crossed lovers and finished the work for publishing.
- Tolkien was so inspired by his fictional lovers that he had the names transcribed on the tombstone shared with his wife.
“Christopher Tolkien makes it clear that this may be the final time he takes us for a walk through his father’s world.”