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Lay of Lúthien

The tale of the Quest of the Silmaril

A less common name for the long tale more usually called the Lay of Leithian (Leithian being Elvish for 'release from bondage'). It told the story of the meeting of Beren and Lúthien, their desperate quest to recover a Silmaril from Morgoth's Iron Crown, and Lúthien's abandonment of her Elvish immortality to remain by Beren's side.

It was this lay that Aragorn was said to have been singing when he encountered Arwen for the first time, and like Beren he called Tinúviel! when he saw her. Indeed, the lives of Aragorn and Arwen mirrored those of Beren and Lúthien in many ways, and in the end Arwen, like Lúthien, gave up her immortality to remain with her beloved.

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