Designed to take fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings deeper into the myths and legends of Middle-earth The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took ...
Designed to take fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings deeper into the myths and legends of Middle-earth The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part. The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor. Included in the book are several shorter works. The Ainulindale is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabeth recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the Second Age and Of the Rings of Power tells of the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in The Lord of the Rings. This pivotal work features the revised, corrected text and includes, by way of an introduction, a fascinating letter written by Tolkien in 1951 in which he gives a full explanation of how he conceived the early Ages of Middle-earth.
Perhaps it gets better as it goes, but it was difficult for me to get started and, rather than continuing to wade, I returned to the shore.
Dec 19, 2013
This book was a hard read but did give some good story line to the Lord of the Rings. Spend some time and you'll enjoy.
Feb 17, 2011
j.r.r. tolkien has always been my favorite author and this is his best work yet. i recommend this to any one that likes their fantasy the old fashioned way.
Apr 30, 2009
This is a foundational book for the Tolkien fan, young and old, to fully understand and comprehend the unlying history of how Middle Earth has evolved. It is not meant to be a theology book, but a myth which will show the reader that God is the all good creator, evil exists, and good conquers evil.
Mar 26, 2009
Book was in excellent condition, very interesting stories behind the creation of Middle Earth and the many entities it is comprised of.
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