Čekání Romantická Teskná Tragická Elfská I. věk Epická

(The Longing)

Falešné společenstvo Composed 2015 Recorded 2016


fotografie: Michal Kára

After the wedding of Beren and Lúthien, all men leave to protect Doriath from Morgoth's werewolf Carcharoth and claim the Silmaril. In this song, Lúthien and Melian, left alone in the halls of Menegroth, experience a dark hour waiting, feeling destiny and anticipating both doom and hope. 

In the theatre performance, during the interlude, Thingol brings Lúthien the Silmaril (signalizing that Morgoth's wolf is dead), but also Barahir's ring (Beren is dead too). Lúthien accepts the ring, shaking, and after the last verse, her fëa leaves her body...

"The Longing” is one of the last songs written for the “Beren and Lúthien” performace, filling a gap in the story. The first three verses and the tune are by Hana Soukupová, extension by the flute interlude and the last strophe by Daniela Binderová. Powerful message is carried by the simplest possible instrumentation.

(Compiled by Alžběta Kadlecová based on texts by Daniela and Elsa)



Grievous is the hour of longing alone,
dusk falls and my heart is grim.
A sense of footsteps that sound in silence;
they are enclosing Beren, Doriath and me as well.



 Beren and Lúthien Song Cycle

(contains 24 songs, of which 20 on CD Beren and Lúthien, 2 only here on the website Songs of Middle-earth, 2 not yet recorded)


Author of music

Hana Soukupová, Daniela Binderová

Author of lyrics

Hana Soukupová, Daniela Binderová


Music and lyrics: Hana Soukupová, Daniela Binderová
Recorded in JM Studio (www.hudebnistudio.cz) in October and November 2016
Song cycle: Beren and Lúthien
classical guitar: Vojtěch Domin
flute: Jana Syrovátková
solo Lúthien: Blanka Janovská
solo Melian: Daniela Binderová
mix and mastering: Vlastimil Červenka