The Quest for the Silmaril was that mission which Thingol sent Beren upon in order to regain a Silmaril from the crown of Morgoth. He requested that Beren do this in order to be allowed to wed Thingol's daughter, fair Lúthien Tinúviel.

After much toil Beren was able to complete this task with the help of Lúthien, Finrod, and Huan, but in the end he was slain.

The fates of Beren and Lúthien were changed when she begged him to await her in the Halls of Mandos and there Mandos was moved by her tragic song. They were allowed to return to Middle-earth but as Mortal man and woman and that was how they remained until their deaths. What fate befell them after that we cannot tell.

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Encyclopedia entry originally written by Nienna-of-the-Valar