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


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

The first tale is in alliterative verse, and the second is in rhyming couplets. Christopher Tolkien presents two versions of both, and in addition, a few shorter, likewise abandoned poems by his father.

The first versions of the long lays fit chronologically 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.


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 fra 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 Beleriando giesmės
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 Баладе Белеријанда (Cyrillic) Balade Belerijanda (Latin)
Slovak Balady Beleriandu
Slovenian Balade Belerianda
Spanish Las baladas de Beleriand
Swedish Balladerna av Beleriand
Thai ลำนำแห่งเบเลริอันด์
Turkish Beleriand'ın Şarkıları
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 Quenta, The Ambarkanta, and The Annals | The Lost Road and Other Writings | The Return of the Shadow: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part One | The Treason of Isengard: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Two | The War of the Ring: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Three | Sauron Defeated: The History of the Lord of the Rings, Part Four | Morgoth's Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part One: The Legends of Aman | The War of the Jewels: The Later Silmarillion, Part Two | The Peoples of Middle-earth | The History of Middle-earth: Index

J.R.P.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium