This History of Middle-earth article pertains both to the tale and the chapter.

The Tale of Tinúviel is the first chapter of The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, which is the second volume of The History of Middle-earth. It tells of the recounting of the earliest version of the story of Lúthien, named Tinúviel, and Beren - named "The Tale of Tinúviel". This first lasting version had been written by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1917, mostly inspired[1] by his forest walks with his future wife Edith in Roos, England (a parellel to Beren's first meeting of Lúthien in the woods).

Most of this story was re-adapted, under the same title, into the publication of Beren and Lúthien (2017) as the first chapter/section.

The chapter that follows is "Turambar and the Foalókë".

Chapter synopsis

The story of the adventures of Beren and Tinúviel is told by young Vëannë to Eriol the mariner and Ausir, at the Cottage of Lost Play. The story she narrates remains very accurate to its later and final version in Quenta SiImarillion, save for various things:

  • Tinúviel is only known by that name, which in this version is her given name and not an epithet given by Beren; the name Lúthien never appears.
  • Tevildo, "Prince of Cats", is the precursor to the later character of Sauron.
  • Tinwelint was the name of the King of Artanor, who later would be changed to Thingol, King of Doriath.
  • Gwendeling was the name of Tinwelint's wife, who later would be changed to the Maia Melian, Queen of Doriath.
  • Umuiyan is a character who is Tevildo's doorkeeper.
  • Karkaras is the name of the beast-villain who later would be the wolf Carcharoth.
  • When Beren cuts the Silmaril from Melkor's crown, he uses a kitchen-knife of Tevildo's in this tale. Later, Angrist is what he uses instead.
  • Glorund the dragon is mentioned, who later becomes Glaurung.
  • Two named giants are mentioned, Nan and Gilim. In a certain song that Tinúviel sings, they are noted for their length of sword and height of neck, respectively. (Nan's sword is said to be named Glend).

Following Vëannë's telling of this tale, Christopher Tolkien gives his notes and analyses of things such as the manuscript and typescript versions of the story, the changes underwent of character names, plot, events, and of things referenced in other early, various Middle-earth tales Tolkien had written, along with comparisons of said things.

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Geskiedenis van Tinúviel
Albanian Historia e Tinúviel
Arabic حكاية طينوڢييل
Armenian Տինւվիել- ի պատմությունը
Azerbaijani Tinúvielin hekayəsi
Basque Tinúvielen istorioa
Belarusian Cyrillic Гісторыя з Тінувіел
Catalan La història de Tinúviel
Danish Historien om Tinúviel
Bosnian Priča o Tinúviel
Bulgarian Cyrillic Историята на Тинювиел
Cebuano Ang istorya ni Tinúviel
Chinese 緹努維兒的历史
Croatian Priča o Tinúviel
Czech Příběh o Tinúvielu
Dutch Het verhaal van Tinúviel
Esperanto La rakonto de Tinúviel
Estonian Lugu Tinúviel
Filipino Ang kuwento ni Tinúviel
Finnish Tinúvielin tarina
French L'histoire de Tinúviel
Galician A historia de Tinúviel
German Die Geschichte von Tinúviel
Greek Η ιστορία του Τινύπιελ
Gujarati ટીન્યુવીએલની વાર્તા
Haitian Creole Istwa a de Tinúviel
Hawaiian ʻO ka moʻolelo o Tinúviel
Hebrew סיפורו של טינוביאל
Hindi टिनुविएल की कहानी
Hmong Zaj dab neeg ntawm Tinúviel
Hungarian Tinúviel története
Icelandic Sagan af Tinúviel
Indonesian Kisah Tinúviel
Irish Gaelic An Scéal de Tinúviel
Italian La storia di Tinúviel
Japanese ティヌーヴィエルの歴史
Kannada ಟಿನುವಿಲ್ನ ಕಥೆ
Korean 티누비엘의 이야기
Latvian Stāsts par Tinúvielu
Lithuanian Tinúviel istorija
Macedonian Cyrillic Приказна за Тинувија
Malagasy Ny tantaran'i Tinúviel
Malaysian Kisah Tinúviel
Maltese L-istorja ta 'Tinúviel
Mongolian Cyrillic Тинувиэл-ийн түүх
Nepalese तिनुविएल को कहानी
Norwegian Historien om Tinúviel
Occitan Lo dit deu Tinúviel
Persian داستان تینوویل
Polish Historia Tinúviel
Portuguese A história de Tinúviel
Punjabi ਟੂਨੂਵੀਲ ਦੀ ਕਹਾਣੀ
Romanian Povestea lui Tinúviel
Russian Сказание о Тинувиэль
Samoan Le tala ia Tinúviel
Scottish Gaelic An Eachdraidh de Tinùviel
Serbian Прича о Тинувиел (Cyrillic) Priča o Tinuviel (Latin)
Slovak Príbeh o Tinúvieli
Slovenian Zgodba o Tinúvielu
Spanish La historia de Tinúviel
Swedish Historien om Tinúviel
Tajik Cyrillic Ҳикояи Тинувиел
Telugu టిన్యువిల్ యొక్క కథ
Thai เรื่องราวของฏินุฤิเล ?
Turkish Tinúviel'in hikayesi
Ukrainian Cyrillic Історія про Тінувіел
Urdu کی داستان ٹانوویل
Uzbek Тинувиелнинг ҳикояси (Cyrillic) Tinuvielning hikoyasi (Latin)
Vietnamese Câu chuyện của Tinúviel
Welsh Stori Tinúviel
Xhosa Ibali leTuúviel
Yiddish די דערציילונג פון טינוװיעל
Yoruba Awọn itan ti Tunúviel
Zulu Indaba yeTunúviel


  1. John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War, Part Three, ch. 12, pg. 240
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