Lúthien Tinúviel is an important, but not always well known, character in one of J.R.R. Tolkien's unfinished poems called The Lay of Leithian.  Tolkien began creating her character around 1917 with a rough draft of The Tale of Tinúviel.  Her story is also found in his books The Silmarillion, The Lays of Beleriand and The Book of Lost Tales 2.  Aragorn (a direct, albeit a distant, descendant of hers)

also tells her tale to the Hobbits Frodo, Samwise, Merry and Pippin in the book The Fellowship of the Ring.

Her name - Lúthien - means Enchantress in the language of the Sindarin Elves, but her true name - Tinúviel - which means Nightingale, is the name her one true love Beren called her by, and when he called it out to her, he was able to steal her heart away . . .

J.R.R. Tolkien is the Father of Fantasy literature.  He wrote and publish The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.  These are his most famous works, but by no means his only ones.  The Silmarillion is another of his more widely recognized books; and he was even on the staff that revised Oxford's Dictionary.  So as you can guess, Tolkien was an Oxford Professor.  He was born in 1892, and died in 1973.

His first novel, The Hobbit, was published in 1937, and was an instant success.  J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most widely recognized authors in the world, and is still very popular world-wide today.  His novels have been translated into most every known language!  The Hobbit originally started out as a bed-time story for his children.  Then came that now infamous moment, while grading papers one day, he wrote in the margins of one of them "In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit".  The story eventually evolved into the books we have today.

Tolkien, with his friend and colleague C.S. Lewis often helped one another by critiquing each others writing.  They regularly met at a local Oxford pub called The Eagle and The Child with other members of their literary group, they called The Inklings.  C.S. Lewis is best known for his book The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, part of his Chronicles of Narnia series.  For more information about C.S. Lewis CLICK HERE.

The following is a famous sample of Tolkien's
writing from The Lord of the Rings . . .

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