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Lúthien Tinúviel is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional universe of Middle-earth. She is an Elf of Middle-earth, the fairest of all the Children of Iluvatar. She was the daughter of Elu Thingol, king of the Sindar and his queen, Melian. Her romance with Beren was one of the great stories of the Elder Days, and was mirrored by the later romance between Aragorn and Arwen. "Lúthien" means "Enchantress", while "Tinúviel" means "Nightingale". Tinúviel was a name given to her by Beren.

Warning: Plot details follow.

Lúthien is remembered in the Lay of Leithian (Escape From Bondage). She fell in love with Beren, a Man Beren of the House of Bëor. Their relationship was doomed from the beginning: Lúthien was not only the cherished single daughter of the most powerful king in Beleriand, she was also an immortal elf. Beren, meanwhile was a mortal man on the run from Morgoth, the Dark Lord.

Thingol was desperate not to let Beren marry his daughter, and set an impossible task as the bride price: Beren had to bring to Thingol one of the Silmarils from Morgoth's iron crown. Against monstrous odds, including kidnap by the sons of Fëanor; and the death of Finrod Felagund, as well as a confrontation with Sauron, the couple achieve the task, but Beren dies as soon as it is completed.

Lúthien gives up her immortality to let Beren live again, and they dwell in Ossiriand until after the sack of Menegroth. They have a son, Dior, who is called Elúchil - the Heir of Thingol. Her line will never be broken.

The Line of Lúthien

  Thingol = Melian       Barahir = Emeldir
          |                      |
       Lúthien ------ = ------ Beren
          Nimloth = Dior Eluchîl
    |             |              |
  Eluréd        Elurín        Elwing = Eärendil;
                      |                       |
        Celebrían; = Elrond                  Elros 
                  |                           :
                  |                (Line of the Kings of Númenor;, Lords of Andúnië,
                  |                 Kings of Arnor and Chieftains of the Dúnedain)
       --------------------------             :
       |          |             |             :
    Elladan    Elrohir        Arwen -- = -- Aragorn  
                           |                   |         
                       Eldarion       (numerous daughters)

Tolkien was buried in Wolvercote Cemetery (North Oxford) and this name appears on the stone


The name of Beren also appears on the stone


Lúthien may be derived from the Old English word Lufien, which means love.