The third volume that contains the early myths and legends which
led to the writing of Tolkien's epic tale of war, The Silmarillion.
This, the third volume of The History of Middle-earth, gives us a
priviledged insight into the creation of the mythology of
Middle-earth, through the alliterative verse tales of two of the
most crucial stories in Tolkien's world -- those of Turien and
Luthien. The first of the poems is the unpublished Lay of The
Children of Hurin, narrating on a grand scale the tragedy of Turin
Turambar. The second is the moving Lay of Leithian, the chief
source of the tale of Beren and Luthien in The Silmarillion,
telling of the Quest of the Silmaril and the encounter with Morgoth
in his subterranean fortress. Accompanying the poems are
commentaries on the evolution of the history of the Elder Days.
Also included is the notable criticism of The Lay of The Leithian
by CS Lewis, who read the poem in 1929.