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{{disambig-two|the lay within the Legendarium|the chapter in the third book of [[The History of Middle-earth]] series|[[The Lay of Leithian]]}}
 
{{disambig-two|the lay within the Legendarium|the chapter in the third book of [[The History of Middle-earth]] series|[[The Lay of Leithian]]}}
 
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The '''Lay of Leithian''' was a long [[Elvish]] lay that told the story of [[Beren]] and [[Lúthien]], their [[Quest for the Silmaril]], and their return from [[Mandos]]. It was said to be the second longest of all such tales (with the longest being the ''[[Narn i Chîn Húrin (tale)|Narn i Chîn Húrin]]'', the story of [[Túrin]] and [[Nienor]]).<ref name=QS>{{LR|P2VI}}, p. 296</ref>
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The '''Lay of Leithian''' was a long [[Elvish]] lay that told the story of [[Beren]] and [[Lúthien]], their [[Quest for the Silmaril]], and their return from [[Mandos]]. It was said to be the second longest of all such tales (with the longest being the ''[[Narn i Chîn Húrin (tale)|Narn i Chîn Húrin]]'', the story of [[Túrin]] and [[Nienor]]).
  
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
''Leithian'' means "Release from Bondage"<ref name=QS></ref> from the verb ''[[leithia]]'' "release" from verb ''[[leith]]'' "set free" ([[root]] [[LEK]]).<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, p. 368, entry "LEK-"</ref>
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Leithian means "''Release from bondage''" from the verb ''[[leithia]]'' "release" from verb ''[[leith]]'' "set free" ([[root]] [[LEK]])<ref>{{HM|Etymologies}}, entry LEK</ref>
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The exact derivation of the word is peculiar since it is the only occurrence of a verb becoming a noun simply with the ending -n, although it could be related to the [[Primitive Quendian]] ending such as ''[[-nê]], [[-nâ]]''.{{fact}} In this case, the noun ''leithian'' is derived from an earlier [[Old Sindarin]] *''lektiane''.{{fact}}
  
 
==Title==
 
==Title==
The most likely meaning of the title can be found at one of the key moments in the poem, the point at which one of the Silmarils, the magical gems of Fëanor, is cut from the crown of Morgoth by Beren:
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The most likely meaning of the title can be found at one of the key moments in the poem, the point at which one of the Silmarils, the magical gems of [[Fëanor]], is cut from the crown of [[Morgoth]] by Beren:
  
 
{{blockquote|<poem>Behold! the hope of Elvenland
 
{{blockquote|<poem>Behold! the hope of Elvenland
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==See Also==
 
==See Also==
*[[Song of Beren and Lúthien]]
 
 
*[[Cantos of the Lay of Leithian]]
 
*[[Cantos of the Lay of Leithian]]
 
*[[Lay of Leithian continued]]
 
*[[Lay of Leithian continued]]
 
*[[The Lay of Leithian Adapted]]
 
*[[The Lay of Leithian Adapted]]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKYq75Cc3yo Of Hunters Lore...] OpenMic Video: Excerpt of the Lay of Leithian (Canto II) by Loren & Strumstick Messiah
  
 
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