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Alan Lee

Biography

Alan Lee

Alan Lee was born in England in 1947. Inspired by Tolkien's work to pursue his chosen path as an artist of the mythic and fantastic, he has illustrated a wide range of books including FAERIES, THE MABINOGION, CASTLES, MERLIN DREAMS, the centenary edition of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and THE HOBBIT. He is a winner of the Carnegie Medal for his illustrated edition of THE ILLIAD.

Alan Lee

Books by Alan Lee

written by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, illustrations by Alan Lee - Fantasy, Fiction

The tale of Beren and Lúthien was an essential element in the evolution of THE SILMARILLION, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World conceived by J.R.R. Tolkien. Returning from France and the battle of the Somme at the end of 1916, he wrote the tale in the following year. Essential to the story, and never changed, is the fate that shadowed the love of Beren and Lúthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was an immortal elf. Her father, a great elvish lord, in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Lúthien. This is the kernel of the legend; and it leads to the supremely heroic attempt of Beren and Lúthien together to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril.