The Lays of Beleriand, published in 1985, is the third volume of Christopher Tolkien's twelve-volume series, The History of Middle-earth.

Summary Edit

The book describes the long "lays" or poems that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about the sagas of Túrin Turambar and Beren, which are known as the Lay of the Children of Húrin and the The Lay of Leithian (also called Release from Bondage) about Beren and Lúthien. Although Tolkien abandoned both of these before their respective ends, they are both long enough to occupy many stanzas, each of which can last for over ten pages.

The first tale is in alliterative verse, and the second is in rhyming couplets. Both exist in two versions. In addition to these two poems, the book also gives some shorter, soon abandoned poems.

The first versions of the long lays fit chronologically in with Tolkien's earliest writings, as recounted in The Book of Lost Tales, but the later versions are contemporary with the writing of The Lord of the Rings.

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Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Ballades van Beleriand
Albanian Baladat e Beleriand
Arabic القصص من بيليرياند
Armenian Բելերիանդ բալլադներին
Belarusian Cyrillic Балады Белерианда
Bulgarian Cyrillic Песни за Белерианд
Catalan Les balades de Belériand
Chinese 貝爾蘭的歌謠
Corsican U canti di Beleriand
Croatian Epovi Belerianda
Czech Balady Beleriandu
Danish Balladerne af Beleriand
Dutch De verhalen van Beleriand
Esperanto La baladoj de Beleriand
Estonian Beleriandi ballaadid
Finnish Beleriandin lauluja
French Les Lais du Beleriand
Georgian ბალადები ბელერიანდზე
German Die Lieder von Beleriand
Greek Ο Μπαλάντες του Βελεριανδ
Gujarati બેલેરીઅન્ડનું લોકગીતો
Hebrew הבלדות של בעלעריאַנד
Hindi बेलेरिअन्द के गीत
Hungarian Beleriand dalai
Indonesian Balada-balada Beleriand
Italian I lai del Beleriand
Kazakh Белеріанд балладалар (Cyrillic) Beleriand balladalar (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Бэлэрианд балладалары
Latvian Belerianda balāžu
Lithuanian Beleriand baladės ?
Macedonian Cyrillic Балади на Белерианд
Mongolian Cyrillic Белерианд-ийн дуу ?
Nepalese बेलेरिया को गीतहरू
Norwegian Det Ballader av Beleriand
Polish Pieśni Beleriandu
Portuguese As baladas do Beleriand
Punjabi ਬਾਲਾਡੇਜ਼ ਦਾ ਬੈਲੇਰੀਂਡ
Romanian Baladele Beleriandului
Russian Баллады Белерианда
Serbian Епови Белерианда (Cyrillic) Epovi Belerianda (Latin)
Slovak Balady Beleriand
Slovenian Balade Belerianda
Spanish Las baladas de Beleriand
Swedish Balladerna av Beleriand
Thai ลำนำแห่งเบเลริอันด์
Turkish Beleriand'in şarkılar
Ukrainian Cyrillic Балади Белеріанда
Welsh Baledi Beleriand
Yiddish די באַלאַדס פון בעלעריאַנד

The History of Middle-earth Series (1983 - 2002)

The Book of Lost Tales Part One | The Book of Lost Tales Part Two | The Lays of Beleriand | The Shaping of Middle-earth | The Lost Road and Other Writings | The Return of the Shadow | The Treason of Isengard | The War of the Ring | Sauron Defeated | Morgoth's Ring | The War of the Jewels | The Peoples of Middle-earth | The History of Middle-earth: Index