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'''Of Beren and Lúthien''' is the nineteenth chapter of the [[Quenta Silmarillion]] section within [[The Silmarillion]].
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'''Of Beren and Lúthien''' is the nineteenth chapter of the ''[[Quenta Silmarillion]]'' section within ''[[The Silmarillion]]''.
  
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
This story was one of the more fair stories that passed from the [[Elves]] to the [[Men]]. [[Barahir]] was defending [[Dorthonion]] where [[Melkor|Morgoth]] was pursuing him during the [[Dagor Bragollach]]. He and thirteen others withdrew to [[Tarn Aeluin]], where they were hidden from Morgoth's army. Among them was [[Gorlim|Gorlim son of]] [[Angrim]] who was the husband of [[Eilinel]]. It was for her that he eventually was taken in by [[Sauron]] and betrayed Barahir's hiding place. Sauron then revealed that Eilinel was dead, and he killed Gorlim. Among Barahir's company was also [[Beren]] his son. Barahir sent Beren to spy out the Enemy's plans. Therefore, Beren was far away when Sauron sent an [[Orcs|Orc]]-pack to kill Barahir. In a dream, Beren saw [[Crows|crows]] concentrated around a certain area with blood dripping from their beaks. In that same dream, a wraith of Gorlim came to him and told him of his treachery and how Barahir was in danger. Beren sped off to the hideout only to find that his dream was in part true: Barahir was slain and crows were surrounding the area. Beren buried Barahir and swore and oath of vengeance. He then followed the Orc-pack. When he came upon it, he sprang from behind a rock and took Barahir's hand, still wearing upon it the [[Ring of Barahir]].
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[[File:Ted Nasmith - At Tarn Aeluin.jpg|thumb|left|''At Tarn Aeluin'' by [[Ted Nasmith]]]]
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[[Barahir]] and his band of [[Barahir's Outlaw Band|outlaws]] were defending [[Dorthonion]] where [[Melkor|Morgoth]] had pursued them during the [[Dagor Bragollach]]. The outlaws withdrew to [[Tarn Aeluin]], where they were hidden from Morgoth. However, among them was [[Gorlim]] the Unhappy, who [[Sauron]] tricked into betraying the location of Barahir's hideout.
  
For four years Beren journeyed in Dorthonion and earned renown with his desperate deeds. After a while he came to [[Doriath]] seeking refuge. He came to the [[Forest of Neldoreth]] and saw [[Lúthien]], whom he named [[Tinúviel]], Nightingale. They fell in love, but [[Daeron]], who also loved Lúthien, spied on them and reported to [[Thingol]], who became angry. He ordered them to be taken to [[Menegroth]]. When they were before him, he met Beren. He eventually agreed, by [[Melian]]'s counsel, to sell Lúthien for the price of one [[Silmarils|Silmaril]]. Beren agreed and set out on the [[Quest for the Silmaril|quest for a Silmaril]].  
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Also among the outlaws was [[Beren]], son of Barahir, who was far away on an errand when Sauron sent out an Orc-pack to kill his companions. In a dream, the wraith of Gorlim told Beren of his treachery, and of Barahir's danger. Beren woke, and returned swiftly to the hideout, to find Barahir and his companions slain. Beren raised a mound above his father and swore upon it an oath of vengeance. He then set off in pursuit of the Orc-pack. When he came upon it, he found the captain of the Orcs boasting, and holding aloft the hand of Barahir, which he had cut off. Beren slew the captain and took Barahir's hand, which was still wearing the [[Ring of Barahir]].
  
First Beren came to [[Nargothrond]]. He asked for the [[Finrod|King]]'s aid and succour, and Finrod agreed to go forth to aid him. When Finrod spoke before his people, asking for companions, [[Celegorm]] and [[Curufin]] spoke out harshly against Beren. Curufin gained the elves' trust by conjuring in their minds a vision of war and ruin in Nargothrond. Ten elves came to Finrod, offering their help, and they convinced Finrod to give the Crown of Nargothrond to [[Orodreth]] his brother as a stewardship.
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For four years, Beren journeyed in and near Dorthonion and earned renown with his desperate deeds. After a while he journeyed to [[Doriath]] seeking refuge. He came to the [[Forest of Neldoreth]] and there he met [[Lúthien]], whom he named [[Tinúviel]], "''nightingale''". They fell in love, and often they met in secret in the woods. But [[Daeron]], who also loved Lúthien, spied on them and reported their doings to [[Thingol]]. Thingol became angry, and ordered Beren to be brought to him in [[Menegroth]]. Thingol eventually agreed to allow Beren to wed Lúthien if Beren would bring him a [[Silmarils|Silmaril]], a task he deemed impossible. Beren agreed and set out on the [[Quest for the Silmaril|quest for a Silmaril]].
  
Finrod, Beren and the others came upon another Orc-pack on their way to [[Angband]]. These Orcs they killed swiftly, and Finrod changed their faces into those of Orcs. The twelve went forth into the Land of Sauron. But Sauron, seeing that they did not stay to report their deeds as was commanded, went out and sang a song of revealing. Finrod sang a song of concealment, but Sauron won out and sent them into his pits.
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Beren went first to [[Nargothrond]], whose King, [[Finrod|Finrod Felagund]] had sworn an oath of friendship to the house of Barahir. Beren told the King of his plight and of his quest, and Felagund agreed to go forth to aid him. Felagund spoke before his people, seeking their help, but [[Celegorm]] and [[Curufin]] spoke out harshly against Beren. Ten elves only came to Felagund, and stood by him. They convinced him to give the Crown of Nargothrond to [[Orodreth]], his nephew, while they were gone.
  
At that time, Lúthien felt the weight of horror on her heart. Going to Melian for counsel she learned that Beren was in danger and she made ready to leave. But once again Daeron betrayed her purposes to Thingol and she was imprisoned in [[Hírilorn]]. But in Hírilorn she caused her hair to grow long, and she wove a dark cloak of it. Using this cloak she escaped Doriath. But as she was leaving Doriath she met [[Huan|Huan the Hound]], who was hunting with his master Celegorm. He brought Lúthien before Celegorm and Curufin. Celegorm fell in love with her, but told her that she would find help if she returned with him to Nargothrond. So he brought her to Nargothrond and there imprisoned her, knowing her name and purposes. But Huan came to her with her cloak, and spoke for the first time, telling her of a way out. After they escaped, Lúthien rode Huan to the Pits of Sauron.
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Felagund changed the companions' appearances into those of Orcs. Thus disguised, the twelve went forth to [[Tol-in-Gaurhoth|Sauron's Isle]]. But Sauron, seeing that they did not stay to report their deeds as was commanded of all passing Orcs, ordered that they be brought to him. There Sauron and Felagund fought a contest of songs of power. Back and forth they struggled, but in the end, Sauron had the victory, and they were stripped of their disguises. He bade them tell him their names and purposes, but they would not. Therefore he caused them to be thrown into his pits to be killed by [[Werewolves|wolves]], one by one, unless one would reveal who they were. Still, none betrayed their secret.
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[[File:Ted Nasmith - Lúthien Escapes upon Huan (1998).jpg|thumb|left|''Lúthien escapes upon Huan'' by [[Ted Nasmith]]]]
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At that time, Lúthien went to Melian for counsel and learned that Beren was imprisoned. She decided that, as no other would now aid Beren, she herself would go to his aid. She went to Daeron for help, but once again he betrayed her purposes to Thingol, and she was imprisoned in a house built high in [[Hírilorn]]'s three trunks in the Forest of Neldoreth. There she used her enchantments to escape Doriath, and she fled towards the Isle in search of Beren. As she left the forest, she was discovered by [[Huan]] the Hound, who was hunting with Curufin, and Celegorm his master. They convinced her to return to Nargothrond with them. However, when they reached Nargothrond, Celegorm imprisoned her. But Huan, who had grown to love Lúthien, came to her and aided in her escape. He permitted her to ride him, and they traveled towards Sauron's Isle to save Beren.
  
Even as Lúthien rode there, Beren and Finrod were attacked by Sauron's wolves. The wolves had already eaten all of their companions and one was coming for Beren. But Finrod burst his bonds and fell defending Beren, killing the wolf. Beren mourned by his side as Lúthien and Huan arrived. Thrice was Huan attacked by wolves, but Huan killed all three swiftly. Then Sauron surrendered his land and taking the form of a bat, flew off to Angband. Lúthien and Beren buried Finrod and went free together.
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Even as Lúthien rode there, Beren and Finrod were attacked by Sauron's wolves. The wolves had slain all of their companions, and one was coming at last for Beren. But Finrod, with the last of his power, burst his bonds and fought the werewolf, defending Beren. He killed the wolf, but was himself slain, and Beren mourned by his side as Lúthien and Huan arrived at the bridge to Sauron's isle. Sauron sent wolves one by one after them, with the intention of capturing Lúthien, but Huan killed each one swiftly. At last Sauron, taking the form of the great wolf himself, came to fight Huan. There was a terrible fight between the two, but even Sauron could not defeat Huan, and he was forced to surrender his tower to Lúthien. He fled to [[Taur-nu-Fuin]] in the form of a vampire. Lúthien freed the captives and sought out Beren, who mourned still by Finrod. They buried Finrod and went free together.
  
As they reached the borders of Doriath, Celegorm and Curufin came upon them. Curufin picked up Lúthien as Celegorm made to trample Beren. But Beren leaped aside and into Curufin, and throttled him off of his horse. Celegorm turned aside again to kill Beren, but Huan betrayed him and stood between them. Lúthien forbade Beren not to throttle Curufin, so Beren released Curufin, taking his knife, horse, and other accessories. Curufin mounted Celegorm's horse and, as they rode away, Curufin took Celegorm's bow and shot twice at Lúthien. Huan caught one arrow in his jaw and Beren took one in the chest. Huan pursuing the brothers returned with an herb of the forest, which Lúthien used to staunch Beren's wound.
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As they reached the borders of Doriath, Celegorm and Curufin rode upon them. Curufin picked up Lúthien as Celegorm made to trample Beren. But Beren leaped at Curufin, catching him by the throat and knocking him off his horse. As Beren throttled Curufin, Celegorm turned his horse and tried again to kill Beren, but Huan betrayed his master and stood between them, and Celegorm's horse would not go near. Lúthien would not allow Beren to kill Curufin, so he released him, taking his [[Angrist|knife]], horse, and other accessories. Curufin mounted Celegorm's horse, but as they rode away, Curufin took Celegorm's bow and shot twice at Lúthien. Huan caught one arrow in his teeth, and Beren jumped before the second, and it struck him in the chest. Huan pursued the brothers, but later returned with an herb of the forest, which Lúthien used to staunch Beren's wound. When Beren was healed, they returned to Doriath.  
  
During the night, Beren departed secretly in the direction of Angband. He sang of Lúthien Tinúviel as he rode, and Lúthien hearing him took the guise of [[Thuringwethil]], and Huan took the guise of [[Draugluin]], a wolf he had slain in the Pits of Sauron. When they approached Beren they cast off their disguises, and Huan speaking for the second time counselled Beren of Lúthien's fate. Then Lúthien and Huan put on their disguises again, and Beren took the guise of a [[Werewolves|werewolf]]. Coming to the Gates of Angband, the guard-wolf [[Carcharoth]] was doubtful, for he had heard that Draugluin was dead. But Lúthien caused him to fall into a deep sleep and they passed him by.
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Beren knew Lúthien would be safe there, and one night he departed in secret to continue his quest. As he came to the edge of Taur-nu-Fuin, he sang a song of farewell to Lúthien and to the lights of heaven. But Huan, carrying Lúthien, had followed his trail, and hearing his song Lúthien sang in reply. She had taken the guise of [[Thuringwethil]], a messenger of Morgoth, and Huan had taken the guise of [[Draugluin]], a wolf he had slain in the Pits of Sauron. When they approached Beren they cast off their disguises, and Huan gave them counsel. Then Lúthien put on her disguise again, and Beren was granted the guise of Draugluin.  
  
Then Beren and Lúthien came before Morgoth in his nethermost hall. By Morgoth's will Lúthien was stripped of her diguise. Being entranced by her he made her dance for him. Once upon a time she vanished from his sight and sang a lovely song that cast a sleeping charm on him. Then swooping before him she took his crown. Beren left behind his diguise and took a Silmaril in his hand. Purposing to take a second he reached with his knife to take it, but his knife broke.
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When they reached the [[Gates of Angband]], the guard-wolf [[Carcharoth]] became suspicious, for he had heard that Draugluin was dead. But Lúthien used her power to make him fall into a deep sleep, and they passed him by.
  
Then the hosts of Morgoth stirred. Beren and Lúthien fled from the land. But they were stopped by Carcharoth. Lúthien being spent of her strength could do nothing. But Beren thrust the Silmaril in Carcharoth's eyes and cursed him. Carcharoth swallowed the hand in front of him, with the Silmaril. As Beren fainted in front of him, Carcharoth was consumed in flames. Lúthien sucked out the poison from Beren, hoping to save him, and [[Thorondor]] King of the Eagles swooped down and lifted the two high in the air. Passing over [[Tumladen]] Lúthien saw the [[Gondolin|Hidden City]], but she grieved, for she thought Beren would die. Thorondor left them on the borders of Doriath. Lúthien and Beren returned to Thingol. He asked for the Silmaril, but Beren found that his hand had been bitten off and the Silmaril was in the belly of Carcharoth, who was attacking northern Doriath in his rage. Beren told Thingol his story, and they began the hunting of Carcharoth.
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Then Beren and Lúthien came before Morgoth in his nethermost hall. By Morgoth's will Lúthien was stripped of her disguise, but Beren still in wolf-form crept beneath his throne. Lúthien offered to sing for Morgoth, and being entranced by her he allowed this. Suddenly, as she was singing, she vanished from his sight and sang a lovely song that cast a sleeping charm on him and all those near. Morgoth fell from his throne and lay upon the ground. Lúthien woke Beren, and he left behind his disguise and cut a Silmaril from Morgoth's [[Iron Crown|crown]]. Purposing to take a second, he reached with his knife to take it, but the knife broke and he was unable.
  
Thingol, Beren, and Huan went to [[Esgalduin]] on the hunt with [[Beleg]] and [[Mablung]]. Suddenly they were aware that Huan was no longer with them. He had gone ahead to search. But Carcharoth avoided him and leaped at Thingol. Beren stood in front of him, but Carcharoth felled him and bit his breast. Huan sprang out and killed Carcharoth, but himself he was mortally wounded. Speaking for the third and last time Huan bade Beren farewell. Beleg took the Silmaril from Carcharoth's belly and gave it to Beren, rousing him. Beren achieved the quest for the Silmaril, handing it to Thingol and winning Lúthien. Beren strayed to the [[Halls of Mandos|Halls]] of [[Mandos]] in that time, and Lúthien came to him. But Mandos was moved to pity, such as has never happened since and had never happened before, and Lúthien and Beren were allowed to stay in [[Middle-earth]] for a time.
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Then the hosts of Morgoth stirred. Beren and Lúthien fled, but they were stopped by Carcharoth at the Gate. Beren thrust the Silmaril in Carcharoth's eyes and cursed him. Carcharoth, undaunted by the holy light, bit off Beren's hand and swallowed it whole, along with the Silmaril. As Beren fainted in front of him, Carcharoth was scorched by the Silmaril inside of him, and he ran away howling.
  
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[[Thorondor]] King of the Eagles swooped down and lifted the two high in the air, bringing them to the borders of Doriath, where Huan met them and aided Lúthien in the healing of Beren. When Beren was recovered he and Lúthien returned to Thingol. Thingol asked for the Silmaril, but Beren told him his story, and Thingol relented. They then began the hunting of Carcharoth, who was attacking Doriath in his agony.
  
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Thingol, Beren, and Huan went to [[Esgalduin]] on the hunt with [[Beleg]] and [[Mablung]]. Suddenly they were aware that Huan was no longer with them. He had gone ahead to search, but Carcharoth avoided him and leaped at Thingol. Beren stood in front of Thingol, defending him with a spear, but Carcharoth felled him and bit his breast. Huan sprang out and fought with and killed Carcharoth. But he himself was mortally wounded, and speaking for last time, Huan bade Beren farewell. Mablung took the Silmaril from Carcharoth's belly and gave it to the wounded Beren, rousing him. Thus, Beren achieved the quest for the Silmaril, handing it to Thingol and winning Lúthien. They carried Beren towards Menegroth, where Lúthien met them, but as Beren looked upon her his spirit left him. Beren strayed to the [[Halls of Mandos|Halls]] of [[Mandos]] in that time, and Lúthien came there also, stricken with grief. She sang a song of great sorrow before Mandos, and he was moved to pity, such as has never happened since and had never happened before. Beren and Lúthien were allowed to return to [[Middle-earth]] for a time as mortals, and this they chose.
  
 
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The Silmarillion chapters
  1. Ainulindalë
  2. Valaquenta
  3. Quenta Silmarillion
    1. Of the Beginning of Days
    2. Of Aulë and Yavanna
    3. Of the Coming of the Elves
    4. Of Thingol and Melian
    5. Of Eldamar
    6. Of Fëanor
    7. Of the Silmarils
    8. Of the Darkening of Valinor
    9. Of the Flight of the Noldor
    10. Of the Sindar
    11. Of the Sun and Moon
    12. Of Men
    13. Of the Return of the Noldor
    14. Of Beleriand and its Realms
    15. Of the Noldor in Beleriand
    16. Of Maeglin
    17. Of the Coming of Men
    18. Of the Ruin of Beleriand
    19. Of Beren and Lúthien
    20. Of the Fifth Battle
    21. Of Túrin Turambar
    22. Of the Ruin of Doriath
    23. Of the Fall of Gondolin
    24. Of the Voyage of Eärendil
  4. Akallabêth
  5. Of the Rings of Power

Of Beren and Lúthien is the nineteenth chapter of the Quenta Silmarillion section within The Silmarillion.

Synopsis

At Tarn Aeluin by Ted Nasmith

Barahir and his band of outlaws were defending Dorthonion where Morgoth had pursued them during the Dagor Bragollach. The outlaws withdrew to Tarn Aeluin, where they were hidden from Morgoth. However, among them was Gorlim the Unhappy, who Sauron tricked into betraying the location of Barahir's hideout.

Also among the outlaws was Beren, son of Barahir, who was far away on an errand when Sauron sent out an Orc-pack to kill his companions. In a dream, the wraith of Gorlim told Beren of his treachery, and of Barahir's danger. Beren woke, and returned swiftly to the hideout, to find Barahir and his companions slain. Beren raised a mound above his father and swore upon it an oath of vengeance. He then set off in pursuit of the Orc-pack. When he came upon it, he found the captain of the Orcs boasting, and holding aloft the hand of Barahir, which he had cut off. Beren slew the captain and took Barahir's hand, which was still wearing the Ring of Barahir.

For four years, Beren journeyed in and near Dorthonion and earned renown with his desperate deeds. After a while he journeyed to Doriath seeking refuge. He came to the Forest of Neldoreth and there he met Lúthien, whom he named Tinúviel, "nightingale". They fell in love, and often they met in secret in the woods. But Daeron, who also loved Lúthien, spied on them and reported their doings to Thingol. Thingol became angry, and ordered Beren to be brought to him in Menegroth. Thingol eventually agreed to allow Beren to wed Lúthien if Beren would bring him a Silmaril, a task he deemed impossible. Beren agreed and set out on the quest for a Silmaril.

Beren went first to Nargothrond, whose King, Finrod Felagund had sworn an oath of friendship to the house of Barahir. Beren told the King of his plight and of his quest, and Felagund agreed to go forth to aid him. Felagund spoke before his people, seeking their help, but Celegorm and Curufin spoke out harshly against Beren. Ten elves only came to Felagund, and stood by him. They convinced him to give the Crown of Nargothrond to Orodreth, his nephew, while they were gone.

Felagund changed the companions' appearances into those of Orcs. Thus disguised, the twelve went forth to Sauron's Isle. But Sauron, seeing that they did not stay to report their deeds as was commanded of all passing Orcs, ordered that they be brought to him. There Sauron and Felagund fought a contest of songs of power. Back and forth they struggled, but in the end, Sauron had the victory, and they were stripped of their disguises. He bade them tell him their names and purposes, but they would not. Therefore he caused them to be thrown into his pits to be killed by wolves, one by one, unless one would reveal who they were. Still, none betrayed their secret.

Lúthien escapes upon Huan by Ted Nasmith

At that time, Lúthien went to Melian for counsel and learned that Beren was imprisoned. She decided that, as no other would now aid Beren, she herself would go to his aid. She went to Daeron for help, but once again he betrayed her purposes to Thingol, and she was imprisoned in a house built high in Hírilorn's three trunks in the Forest of Neldoreth. There she used her enchantments to escape Doriath, and she fled towards the Isle in search of Beren. As she left the forest, she was discovered by Huan the Hound, who was hunting with Curufin, and Celegorm his master. They convinced her to return to Nargothrond with them. However, when they reached Nargothrond, Celegorm imprisoned her. But Huan, who had grown to love Lúthien, came to her and aided in her escape. He permitted her to ride him, and they traveled towards Sauron's Isle to save Beren.

Even as Lúthien rode there, Beren and Finrod were attacked by Sauron's wolves. The wolves had slain all of their companions, and one was coming at last for Beren. But Finrod, with the last of his power, burst his bonds and fought the werewolf, defending Beren. He killed the wolf, but was himself slain, and Beren mourned by his side as Lúthien and Huan arrived at the bridge to Sauron's isle. Sauron sent wolves one by one after them, with the intention of capturing Lúthien, but Huan killed each one swiftly. At last Sauron, taking the form of the great wolf himself, came to fight Huan. There was a terrible fight between the two, but even Sauron could not defeat Huan, and he was forced to surrender his tower to Lúthien. He fled to Taur-nu-Fuin in the form of a vampire. Lúthien freed the captives and sought out Beren, who mourned still by Finrod. They buried Finrod and went free together.

As they reached the borders of Doriath, Celegorm and Curufin rode upon them. Curufin picked up Lúthien as Celegorm made to trample Beren. But Beren leaped at Curufin, catching him by the throat and knocking him off his horse. As Beren throttled Curufin, Celegorm turned his horse and tried again to kill Beren, but Huan betrayed his master and stood between them, and Celegorm's horse would not go near. Lúthien would not allow Beren to kill Curufin, so he released him, taking his knife, horse, and other accessories. Curufin mounted Celegorm's horse, but as they rode away, Curufin took Celegorm's bow and shot twice at Lúthien. Huan caught one arrow in his teeth, and Beren jumped before the second, and it struck him in the chest. Huan pursued the brothers, but later returned with an herb of the forest, which Lúthien used to staunch Beren's wound. When Beren was healed, they returned to Doriath.

Beren knew Lúthien would be safe there, and one night he departed in secret to continue his quest. As he came to the edge of Taur-nu-Fuin, he sang a song of farewell to Lúthien and to the lights of heaven. But Huan, carrying Lúthien, had followed his trail, and hearing his song Lúthien sang in reply. She had taken the guise of Thuringwethil, a messenger of Morgoth, and Huan had taken the guise of Draugluin, a wolf he had slain in the Pits of Sauron. When they approached Beren they cast off their disguises, and Huan gave them counsel. Then Lúthien put on her disguise again, and Beren was granted the guise of Draugluin.

When they reached the Gates of Angband, the guard-wolf Carcharoth became suspicious, for he had heard that Draugluin was dead. But Lúthien used her power to make him fall into a deep sleep, and they passed him by.

Then Beren and Lúthien came before Morgoth in his nethermost hall. By Morgoth's will Lúthien was stripped of her disguise, but Beren still in wolf-form crept beneath his throne. Lúthien offered to sing for Morgoth, and being entranced by her he allowed this. Suddenly, as she was singing, she vanished from his sight and sang a lovely song that cast a sleeping charm on him and all those near. Morgoth fell from his throne and lay upon the ground. Lúthien woke Beren, and he left behind his disguise and cut a Silmaril from Morgoth's crown. Purposing to take a second, he reached with his knife to take it, but the knife broke and he was unable.

Then the hosts of Morgoth stirred. Beren and Lúthien fled, but they were stopped by Carcharoth at the Gate. Beren thrust the Silmaril in Carcharoth's eyes and cursed him. Carcharoth, undaunted by the holy light, bit off Beren's hand and swallowed it whole, along with the Silmaril. As Beren fainted in front of him, Carcharoth was scorched by the Silmaril inside of him, and he ran away howling.

Thorondor King of the Eagles swooped down and lifted the two high in the air, bringing them to the borders of Doriath, where Huan met them and aided Lúthien in the healing of Beren. When Beren was recovered he and Lúthien returned to Thingol. Thingol asked for the Silmaril, but Beren told him his story, and Thingol relented. They then began the hunting of Carcharoth, who was attacking Doriath in his agony.

Thingol, Beren, and Huan went to Esgalduin on the hunt with Beleg and Mablung. Suddenly they were aware that Huan was no longer with them. He had gone ahead to search, but Carcharoth avoided him and leaped at Thingol. Beren stood in front of Thingol, defending him with a spear, but Carcharoth felled him and bit his breast. Huan sprang out and fought with and killed Carcharoth. But he himself was mortally wounded, and speaking for last time, Huan bade Beren farewell. Mablung took the Silmaril from Carcharoth's belly and gave it to the wounded Beren, rousing him. Thus, Beren achieved the quest for the Silmaril, handing it to Thingol and winning Lúthien. They carried Beren towards Menegroth, where Lúthien met them, but as Beren looked upon her his spirit left him. Beren strayed to the Halls of Mandos in that time, and Lúthien came there also, stricken with grief. She sang a song of great sorrow before Mandos, and he was moved to pity, such as has never happened since and had never happened before. Beren and Lúthien were allowed to return to Middle-earth for a time as mortals, and this they chose.

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