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Beren was the last survivor of a group of Men led by his father Barahir that had still resisted Morgoth, the Dark Enemy, after the Battle of Sudden Flame, in which Morgoth had conquered much of northern Middle-earth. After the defeat of his companions he fled from peril into the elvish realm Doriath. There he met Lúthien, the only daughter of King Thingol and Melian the Maia, as she was dancing and singing in a glade. Seeing the beautiful Elf, Beren fell in love with her, for she was the fairest of all Elves and Men. She later fell in love with him as well, when he, moved by her beauty and enchanting voice, gave her the nickname "Nightingale." As Thingol disliked Beren and regarded him as being unworthy of his daughter, he set a seemingly impossible task on Beren that he had to achieve before he could marry Lúthien. Thingol asked Beren to bring him one of the Silmarils, the three hallowed jewels made by Fëanor, which Morgoth had stolen from the Elves.
Beren left Doriath and set out on his quest to Angband, the enemy’s fortress. Although Thingol tried to prevent it, Lúthien later followed him. On his journey to the enemy’s land Beren reached Nargothrond, an Elvish stronghold, and was joined by ten warriors under the lead of King Finrod, who had sworn an oath of friendship to Beren's father. Although Fëanor’s sons, Celegorm and Curufin, warned them not to take the Silmaril that they considered their own, the company was determined to accompany Beren. On their way to Angband they were seized by the servants of Sauron, despite the best efforts of Finrod to maintain their guise as Orcs, and imprisoned in Tol-in-Gaurhoth. One by one they were killed by a werewolf until only Beren and Finrod remained. When the wolf went for Beren, Finrod broke his chains and wrestled with it such fierceness that they both died.
When she was following Beren, Lúthien was captured and brought to Nargothrond by Celegorm and Curufin. Aided by Huan, Celegorm’s hound (which according to prophecy could only be defeated by the greatest werewolf ever), she was able to flee. With his aid she came to Sauron’s fortress where Huan defeated the werewolves of the Enemy, Draugluin, and Sauron himself in wolf-form. Then they freed the prisoners, among them Beren.
Beren wanted to try his task once more alone, but Lúthien insisted on coming with him. Through magic they took the shapes of the bat Thuringwethil and the wolf Draugluin that Huan had killed. Thereby they were able to enter the enemy’s land and at last came to Angband and before Morgoth’s throne. There Lúthien sang a magical song which made the Dark Lord fall asleep; then Beren cut a Silmaril from Morgoth’s crown. As he tried to cut out the others, his knife broke and a shard glanced off Morgoth's face, awakening him. As they attempted to leave, the gate was barred by Carcharoth, a giant werewolf, who was bred as an opponent to Huan. He bit off and swallowed Beren’s hand, in which Beren was holding the Silmaril.[2] Carcharoth was burned by the pure light of the Silmaril and ran off madly.
Beren and Lúthien returned to Doriath, where they told of their deeds and thereby softened Thingol’s heart. He accepted the marriage of his daughter and the mortal Man, although Beren’s task had not been fulfilled. Beren and Huan participated in the hunt for Carcharoth, who in his madness had come into Doriath and caused much destruction there. Both of them were killed by the wolf, but Carcharoth was also slain. Before he died, Beren handed the Silmaril, which was recovered from Carcharoth's belly, to Thingol.
Grieving for Beren, Lúthien also died, and came to the halls of Mandos. There she sang of her ill fate, that she would never again see Beren, who as a mortal Man had passed out of the world. Thereby Mandos was moved to pity. He restored Beren and Lúthien to life and granted mortality to the Elf. Lúthien left her home and her parents and went to Ossiriand with Beren. There they dwelt for the rest of their lives, and both eventually died the death of mortal Men.

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JurassicPark89 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2019
Beautiful. I think Tolkien himself would have liked this.
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kenshin79it Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018
I would love to get a print of this.
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2018
The framing Ouroboros aspects of this triptych gives clue to the deeping meaning of this tale in regards to the LotR overstory.
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SocQA Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018
So beautiful and incredibly detailed art :) I would like to see these artworks as actual covers for Tolkien's works :)
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avedaggio Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
I love this piece. Can you please make it available as an art print?
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AquarelleSplash Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely incredible work. A masterpiece. What an artist you are!
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TheMorreyaGods Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
The Tale of Beren and Luthien is hands down my favorite story in The Silmarillion. This painting really dose the story justice tenfold. Love this art work style. It really invokes this mythical and fairy tale feel of the story.
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FoxxyLover Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017
It's so beautiful.
You know, when Tolkien created the work, his wife Edith was the inspiration for Luthien, particularly in the meeting between the man and elf. The couple were walking into the woods when Tolkein was on medical leave during WWI, and when she danced for him in a hemlock-filled grove, that was the creation that would start the world and stories of Middle-earth. When she died, he had "Luthien" engraved under her name. When Tolkein died two years later, he was buried next to her, and the name "Beren" was engraved under his name, so Beren would forever be reunited with his beloved Luthien.
That, right there, is true love.
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S-evil-R Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
Greetings, beautiful illustration :D I just used your image for an entry about the upcoming book. It's here: revistapicnic.com/beren-luthie… (we're a Mexico-based illustration magazine and I edit the Geeks section), I hope you don't mind, please let me know if it's otherwise. Credit is specified.
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breath-art Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's ok. thanks for mind me.
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Q ~Q.......
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TgirlValentine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
...and then you make these beauties that I want to hang in my window...or have a whole sliding glass door of it (with all my pretend money). Thank you again for sharing your work. it's awesome
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Razoupaf Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
I wish my playing cards were illustrated like that.
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Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant design ;)
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random1289 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
you know, on J.R.R. Tokien's tombstone it says Beren, and on his wife's tombstone it reads Luthien, which I think is incredibly romantic and moving
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FoxxyLover Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017
That, right there, is true love.
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westre Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please make this available as a print! It's so beautiful.
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DStachnik Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Can you make this available as a print? I'd buy it in an instant! This is beautiful work
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johncarswell Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Once again, incredible work from you. Thank you so much for sharing these with the world. 

FYI, I have used this in a post on "Of Beren and Lúthien": truemyths.org/2015/02/24/the-s…

Let me know if that's an issue! Thanks again.
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
This is awesome! One of the best Silmarillion related illustrations I have seen!
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Marethyn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
This is beautiful beyond imagination :O
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LightLaurein Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Ugh, I'd love to see this as a print! :D
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Ghethdra Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student General Artist
love it!
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kidskards Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
sell me this print PRETTY PLEASE!!!!
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Afreon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just... wow.
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yeahhh79 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My god, so beautiful..
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niaomalley Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Priiiiiiiint thank you!! All the Silmarillion stuff is out and out stunning
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Perkidanman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Please, please, please, make this into a print.
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Khadrimx Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so wonderful. Is there any chance you could make it available as a print? I love Beren and Luthien and this is just... beautiful!
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Eluminora Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Worship Oh wow. This is truly spectacular. I love it.
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PAOPACO Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
You made ​​an amazing and great job ! I love it. Have you worked on the cartoon of Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey call "Brendan and the Secret of Kells" ("Brendan et le secret de Kells" in french) ? If not, it is an animated film that you should see urgently. You will love it. See the trailer at : www.dailymotion.com/video/x87s…
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Urucita Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Artist
Awesome! I love how well done this is and how well it illustrates the story ^^ Well done!
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gforcetwo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly spectacular.

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GrandpaLeaman Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
'Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy, and under the shadow of death, light that endures.' The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

One of the most beautiful tales ever written. Your art reflects that beauty very well.
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getupp Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Amazing, breathtaking, stunning, epic...I can't find words, love your style, love all your works, your just a wonderful artist! Thank you for sharing these miracles with us!
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Arieskin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is simply perfect!
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Lotusbitch Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013

Beautiful :love:

 

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leahilluminates Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Please make this available as a print!
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Jilbird Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is marvels!! 
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BlueStarlight Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
My favorite story. Beautiful picture!
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solsticeviolet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Your work is so special to me. I cherish every piece you create - this is wonderful!
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
The tryptich approach to the great saga is very excellent! I am not sure if it is meant to be stained glass or a painting in the Celtic style, but either way it is a glorious colorful splendor of an image. Very well done!
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vardawendy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I simply love everything you make. You have such a unique style. There is so much to see! They are as mesmerizing as stained glass windows. Love love love.
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bruno-matias Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
AAAAHHHH!!! I can't even express how much beautiful is this *w*
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Nika-N Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013   General Artist
Each and every piece you make is so breathtaking!
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Grape-Soda Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
 A-FREAKING-MAAAAAAZING! :heart: Love love love
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nfteixeira Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013   Digital Artist
My favorite story of the Silmarillion! Great that just makes the story even better to remember! :D
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whittingtonrhett Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
your artwork in the stained glass style never ceases to delight and amaze me...I've looked at a lotta your stuff in your gallery, and all of your stuff is great! Its great to look at works like this one here of Beren and Luthian and spot all the intricate details and stuff you have included. I try and do the same with my Tolkien art, tho my stuff is far more Comic Bookish looking. anyway this is great. I also like how you broke it up into 3 different windows/panels. there's a lotta story to tell in there that probably couldnt have been done with just one. :)
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rstrider9 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!
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buttercrump Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
The deep purple tones are so intense.
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