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Beren and Lúthien in the media


Tolkien readers would have to be living under a stone not to be aware that Beren and Lúthien was published on 1 June 2017.

What follows is a round-up of some of the reviews, interviews, films, and media attention, which has appeared in the last week or so.  Most of it is about the new book, but some of it is about other aspects of Tolkien.


National TV Bulletin from 1 June 2017 on ITV

Local BBC Look North News Bulletin from 6 June 2017 on BBC1


John Garth’s review in the New Statesman

John Garth’s interview with the illustrator Alan Lee (new readers are allowed to access one article): in The Daily Telegraph

A short piece from The Times (behind a paywall)

German Newspaper Die Weld (behind a paywall)

The Independent

Short BBC Films

BBC film showing Bodleian collection: Tolkien through the Years

BBC filmed Interview with Alan Lee: How do you draw Tolkien’s World

BBC Radio

N.B. These are available internationally until 29 June 2017.

Interview with John Garth (1hr 44 or 1hr 47 mins into programme) on BBC Radio Oxford

Interview with Colin Duriez  (1hr 24 mins into programme)  [please ignore the initial technical glitch].

Interview with Dimitra Fimi  (interview included at the end of Dr Fimi’s blog post)

Tolkien’s work at the OED: interview with Peter Gulliver  (1hr 31 mins into programme) on BBC Radio Oxford  [also includes two excerpts from an interview with Denys Gueroult]

Interview with Alan Lee  on BBC Radio Oxford  (1hr 32 mins into programme) on BBC Radio Oxford

Archive interview with Tolkien and a fan from Brazil (1hr 30 mins into programme) on BBC Radio Oxford

Other online articles

CBC Books

Toronto Sun

Time Magazine


If you have another favourite piece, please add a link to the comments below this post, and I’ll try and add it to the list.

Finally, on publication day I took copies of the standard book edition and the deluxe hardback to their spiritual home in the “Hemlock Glade” in Roos: Roos


About the Author: Michael Flowers

I am a self-employed wildlife guide. I take people to beautiful places to learn about their local nature. I’ve been reading Tolkien from the age of 9, and have recently become interested in Tolkien’s time in East Yorkshire during WW1. I completed a Masters degree from the University of Sheffield in the Victorian Ghost Stories of Ellen [Mrs Henry] Wood.

  • Thalen_SVK

    What about Prof. Michael D.C. Sprout? Will he not have his two cents on his blog?

    • Michael Flowers

      Do you mean Dr Michael Drout? I’ve checked his blog and even his Twitter feed – nothing for a while there. Thanks for the tip though!

  • Linda Flowers


  • Mark Gillyon

    You gave wonderful talk today at the Dennison Centre, Michael, on the East Yorkshire influence and inspiration on Tolkien’s tale of Beren and Luthien. As an ardent and fellow lifelong reader of Tolkien (and yet growing up only a few miles away from Roos – Beverley!), I confess I have never actually been there myself. However, that will change in 2018 and I’ve diaried a visit for late May/ early June. Your simple but evocative argument for the exact location of the dance that Edith gave for JRR will now spur me on to see it first hand. If, as I’m sure Tolkien believed, the land never forgets those who have trod over its paths and byways, then perhaps I’ll glimpse a small, quiet echo of that special event amidst the cow parsley and garth shadows. Thanks once again!