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The Silmarillion - J R R Tolkien

Paperback Published: November 1991
ISBN: 9780261102736
Number Of Pages: 480

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Set in a time far earlier than Tolkien's master works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this is the epic history of the elves, and the grand story of the creation of Tolkien's magical world. The Lord of the Rings narrated the great events at the end of the Third Age; but the tales of The Silmarillion are legends deriving from a much deeper past, when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils. Never published in the author's lifetime, The Silmarillion is an essential compendium for all Tolkien fans. It will be published in five consecutive volumes, each completely unabridged. The series contains not only the Quenta Silmarillion, but four other short works: the Ainulindale, Valaquenta, Akallabeth and Of the Rings of Power.

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'How, given little over half a century of work, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?' The Guardian 'Demanding to be compared with English mythologies... at times rises to the greatness of true myth' Financial Times 'A creation of singular beauty... magnificent in its best moments' Washington Post 'A grim, tragic, brooding and beautiful book, shot through with heroism and hope... its power is almost that of mysticism' Toronto Globe & Mail

It takes dedication to read


I'm actually still in the process in reading this but I've enjoyed it immensely so far. The pros outweigh the cons for this book. The characters really draw you in and make you want to know more about them. The plot succeeds in answering your long-held questions that you may of had regarding other books by Tolkien (Lord of the Rings.) It also cements the layers of this fabled world with its rich history making it seem all too real and tangible. Cons: It's a bit confusing to follow and I get a bit lost sometimes. Other times, I have to go back and read some previous parts to regain understanding. My main message: You have to be seriously dedicated to read this and truly enjoy Tolkien's work because this book is not for the faint of heart. In my case, I think the book is great and I don't regret buying it. I'm just going to suck it up and finish reading.

Sydney, AU


And He begat


It reads like genesis if the bible and gives the history of the world the hobbit live in. A great story but one you have to follow closely.



Mindblown ....


Oh man. The way Tolkien wrote this book is hauntingly beautiful. I think I first read it way too young, and found the plot hard to follow, and the tragedy in it just broke me. After reading now that I'm older, I'm completely mindblown! I can't describe this book with mere words. The characters are purely amazing with so much life and personalities that either leave you in awe or frightened. Although the various foreign names and places are hard to keep count of and quite hard to pronounce, I still really enjoyed it. I just wish it wasn't so tragic, and the elves ... are so different than in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I guess after so much loss and slaughter, they kind of just wanted to live as peacfully as they could. But seriously ... I love it. Some of the characters will be with me forever while others will pass out of memory. But I would recemmend reading Lord of the Rings first, or this book won't mean a lot to you. The elves truly have a dark and violent past, I can tell you.

Corowa NSW


The Silmarillion

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ISBN: 9780261102736
ISBN-10: 0261102737
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: November 1991
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.4  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.26

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J.R.R. Tolkien

About the Author

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shone in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called The Book of Lost Tales but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

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