The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion

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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."

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 1994, c1977.
ISBN: 9780261102736
0261102737
Characteristics: 439 p. :,maps.
Additional Contributors: Tolkien, Christopher

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Calvacade
Aug 30, 2017

If your seriously interested in the Lord of the Rings saga this is a must read. I studied the first several chapters and looked up so many terms in order to understand it, but it was worth it.

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darcyhudjik
Aug 01, 2017

I recommend this book to die hard Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans. It gives a detailed backstory to the history of the different settings, has beautiful illustrations and maps.

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Tabaqui
Apr 19, 2017

Not for the faint of heart, nor for those who are intimidated by a long book. I personally think that The Silmarillion gives us a wider view of Middle-Earth, beyond the War of the Rings, but I loved LOTR and The Hobbit too. Again, not a book for the casual reader, but if you're a Tolkien nerd (like me :) and looking for more on Middle-Earth, give this one a try.

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TJH2004
Oct 03, 2016

This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It tells you about ALL the parts in the Lord of the Rings and more!

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jubs17
Aug 24, 2016

I liked it for sure, but it certainly more dry than Lord of the Rings. I also wish there was more than one map in the back of this book. I think I will only read this once because it doesn't quite get into the parts of LOTR that I liked the most.

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KABuck
Jun 26, 2016

For anyone looking for more stories and history of the Middle-earth in which The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit take place, this is a good place to start. Tolkien begins with a creation myth, then summarizes the various deities and holy figures of his reality. What follows is the First Age tale of Elves, Dwarves and eventually Men roaming Middle-earth and even Aman across the Sea, while they fight the Dark Lord Morgoth, who has stolen the Silmarilli, three precious jewels wrought by the Elves, and who seeks tyrannical dominion over their home. Tolkien's prose flows and resonates like no other; however, readers should not expect the same character development or narrative quality as in The Lord of the Rings. The Silmarillion is first and foremost a feigned historical account.

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jorjatupper
May 02, 2016

It's like the encyclopedia for middle earth. The Simarillion is definitely one of Toiken's greatest works. It's a little wordy but totally AWESOME!!

morrisonist Oct 12, 2015

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
In glory we return, our destination's end
We slayed the dragon!
No more living in fear it's time to raise our king.
We made it happen we're the chosen ones!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
We're the chosen ones!

Riding through thunder and lighting once again
We slayed the beast we brought an end
Now we have left the kingdom of the damned
Heroes of the day, legends forever!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
We're the chosen ones!

It seems to me like a journey without end
So many years, too many battles
We've finally arrived, now we're standing at the gates
Heroes of the day, legends forever

In glory we return, our destination's end
We slayed the dragon
No more living in fear it's time to raise our king
We made it happen we're the chosen ones!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
In glory we return, our destination's end
We slayed the dragon
No more living in fear it's time to raise our king
We made it happen we're the chosen ones!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon

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snitewing
Jun 22, 2015

This book is definitely one of the better ones out there. Seriously, it's so good, what the heck.

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Dorondes
May 29, 2015

Lord of the Rings was absolutely incredible, but The Silmarillion takes Tolkien to a whole new level. More in-depth than all of his works except Unfinished Tales and Narn I Chin Hurin, this covers the background on the War of the Ring, and allows many wonderful tales to unfold. Recommended to any Tolkien reader. Be prepared for even more fan debates, though. (And mentions of Ecthelion. Seriously, drowning in a fountain?)

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Chinderixx
Feb 02, 2015

"Sit now there, and look out upon the lands where evil and despair shall come upon those thou lovest. Thou hast dared to mock me , and to question the power of Melkor, master of the fates of arda. Therefore, with my eyes thou shalt see,and with my ears, thou shalt hear, and never shalt thou move from this place until all is fulfilled to it's bitter end."-Morgoth

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fudgeburger
Jul 23, 2014

“Therefore Morgoth came, climbing slowly from his subterranean throne, and the rumour of his feet was like thunder underground. And he issued forth clad in black armour; and he stood before the King like a tower, iron-crowned, and his vast shield, sable on-blazoned, cast a shadow over him like a storm cloud." - Chapter 18: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

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