Luthien Tinuviel

Author: Song of Stillness

Nominator: Darkover

2011 Award Category: Poetry: General

Story Type: Poetry  ✧  Length: N/A (Non-Fiction or Poetry)

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: This is a poem from Lúthien’s perspective on the day she meets Beren for the first time. When she sees Beren, she recognises in him, a kindred soul and sees that their destinies are somehow connected, describing him as one who “changes the night’s rhythm." She also seems to glimpse a vision of the future including both her and Beren’s tragic fate but is swept away by the timelessness of love.

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Reviewed by: Darkover  ✧  Score: 5

This poem is both beautifully descriptive in its imagery, and expresses a wealth of emotion as well. As Luthien has her first encounter with Beren, the author neatly portrays the differences between Elves and Men, while at the same time keeping the poem specific to these two lovers. It is the sort of poem that I wish had been in my English textbooks in college. If you read only one poem ever about Beren and Luthien, it should be this one. Luthien, with her Elven foresight, knows that loving this mortal Man will only end in tears, but she also realizes that their love for each other will be so great that it is worth it. This poem is majestic and should be read by all fans of Tolkien's characters.

Reviewed by: The Lauderdale  ✧  Score: 5

This is a rather haunting free verse poem about the first time that Luthien sees Beren. She is a being older than the seasons, older than the sun, and impossibly beautiful, but when she sees the young mortal Beren the result is a foregone conclusion. Did Luthien really have a vision of their future - of Beren's pain, and her own final ending - in the instant of their first meeting? It could well have been, and yet she is already bound to her fate, as doomed as a flower. I like the image of her black hair melting into the night, and her first sense of Beren's approach, as [a disturbance of air]. Quite lovely.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene  ✧  Score: 3

What I love about this poem is its focus on Lúthien as a dancer, and how that feels. I'm a complete and total sucker for a story that's willing to take up the importance of her dancing, and I love the way Túrin's presence is incorporated here in terms that fit the perceptions of a dancer.