New J.R.R. Tolkien Story Coming Next Spring

By Dianna Dilworth 

HarperCollins U.K. will publish a new J.R.R. Tolkien work next May.

The story, Beren and Lúthien, was originally written in 1917 as part of The Silmarillion. For the upcoming book, the author’s son Christopher Tolkien tried to extract the romance story from the larger piece that it was embedded in. The Guardian has the scoop:

The Middle-earth tale tells of the love between the mortal man and the immortal elf. Lúthien’s father, an Elvish lord, is against their relationship, and so gives Beren an impossible task to fulfil before the two can be married, said HarperCollins, which will publish Beren and Lúthien next May. The pair then go on to rob “the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril”, or jewel.