Lord of the Rings Soundtrack “Easter Egg”: The Three Appearances of Beren and Lúthien
In the Extended Edition (aka the Only Edition) of the Fellowship of the Ring…
On the way to Rivendell, Aragorn and the hobbits set up a night- camp in the Midgewater Marshes. Aragorn stays awake through the night to keep watch.
Late at night, when he believes the hobbits are all asleep, he quietly sings to himself The Lay of Leithian… the story of two lovers, Beren and Lúthien, who were very similar to himself and Arwen.
The verse that appears in the soundtrack is an Elvish translation of the moment when Beren and Lúthien Tinúviel first embrace. In English:
“Tinúviel the elven-fair,
Immortal maiden elven-wise,
About him cast her shadowy hair
And arms like silver shimmering.“
But this isn’t the only time the Song of Beren and Lúthien shows up in the soundtrack.
When we first see Arwen, we hear in the soundtrack a beautiful female solo singing the words “Tinúviel elvanui, elleth alfirin” or “Tinúviel the elven fair, immortal maiden..” comparing Arwen to Lúthien. That line is also a fragment from the same verse of The Lay of Leithian we heard Aragorn sing earlier (it’s like the poor lovestruck dweeb had Arwen’s theme song stuck in his head…)
We hear the verse once more at Aragorn’s coronation in Return of the King. A female solo sings in Elvish “Tinúviel the elven fair, immortal maiden…” right before Arwen and Aragorn embrace.