|Relationships:||Beren (husband), Thingol (father), Melian (mother), Dior (son),|
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Lúthien is a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. She's the daughter of Thingol, king of the Sindar realm of Doriath, and Melian, the maia. She falls in love with and marries Beren, a mortal man, being the first elf to do so. Most information from Lúthien comes from The Silmarillion, but she is also mentioned in The Lord of the Rings.
“Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that came down to us from the darkness of those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien”― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
Lúthien and Beren met when she was dancing in the woods of Neldoreth. In exchange for Lúthien's hand in marriage, her father, Thingol, demanded that Beren stole a Silmaril from Morgot's crown, a task he believed to be impossible. Beren left Doriath to ask for Finrod's assistance in .
Meanwhile, Thingol held Lúthien so she couldn't follow him. However, she charmed her guards and managed to run away. After going through many dangers, and with the help of Huan, the hound, Lúthien managed to rescue Beren who had been captured in Angband. Using her magical arts, they made Morgot fall asleep and stole one of the Silmarils. However, Beren's hand, holding the jewel, was bitten off by the wolf Carcharoth.
They returned together to Thingol's court and told the king what had happened in their quest. Carcharoth was hunted down and slain, and the Silmaril was retrieved, but during the hunt, Beren was also killed. Lúthien pleaded with Mandos, and sang a song of such power that he was moved, and agreed to return Beren to life. She became mortal, and they lived together is Ossiriand until their deaths. Their son, Dior, succeed Thingol as king of Doriath after his death.
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