A new B-format edition of this novel, with a re-designed cover to match that of Unfinished Tales and the History of Middle-earth series. 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 ...
A new B-format edition of this novel, with a re-designed cover to match that of Unfinished Tales and the History of Middle-earth series. 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. For the first time in paperback, 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.
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Good. No dust jacket as issued. good to very good condition, inside very good, but one page has been folded down, covers front and back show creasing, and corners also show a little wear, very good reading copy. xxiv, 365 p. : bill., maps; 20 cm. Includes: Illustrations, Maps. Repr. with corrections. -Originally published: London: Grafton, 1983. Previous ed. : London: Allen & Unwin, 1977. Includes index.
I tried reading this when I was a boy, after sweating through 'The Lord of the Rings" for the first time. I somehow contracted "African Sleeping Sickness" every time I open the book, so I cast it to the four winds and went out for little league instead.
My wife says that I'm all grown up now and can even drink out of a big glass (unless it's grape juice- then I still have to use a sipper cup), so I ordered The Silmarillion and tried again. What a joy to read more Tolkien and about the origins of Middle Earth.
I also bought the "Tolkien Companion" and I enjoyed both with the gusto and ferver of a real nerd!
This may not be for everyone because it's not like The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, but it IS Tolkien and I really enjoyed it.
Aug 23, 2014
I left off reading it not far into the book.
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.
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