Description J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings but those who thought these two wonderful adventures marked the height of his imagination have many more delights to come. The Silmarillion represents the source of Tolkien's later work and follows the events of the First Age of Middle Earth. For information, The Lord of the Rings concerns the end of the Third Age. The Silmarillion is a gloriously realised story of rebellion, exile, war and the heroism of elves and men. But to gain an insight into the staggering complexity of Tolkien's world, however, the shorter works also included are must-reads. Dealing with the myth of creation, the nature of the Gods, the fall of Nķmenor and the Rings of Power, they paint a vivid picture not only of Middle Earth but also of the author's soaring imagination. Tolkien was born of English parents in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in 1892 and died in England in 1973. He worked on The Silmarillion from as early as 1917 but the work was not published until after his death. This edition, richly illustrated by Ted Nasmith, is both collector's item and source of reference and fascination for every follower of Tolkien.
The Silmarillion - Customer Choice by Kris Stomphorst A golden oldie. Iíve read this one before but I read it again this year to freshen up on my Tolkien knowledge. Also itís the first time Iíve read it in English. Loved it as ever, a must-read for every Tolkien fan. Because basically, if you can power through this, the whole picture sketched in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit becomes much clearer.
The Silmarillion - Staff Choice by Sophie This is the Book of the Elves, if you will, of their glory days and terrible doom. Fel oaths are sworn, battles are fought, lamentations are sung, all for the three Silmarils wrought by FŽanor. It doesnít end well, but my goodness, there is so much beauty in this sorrow, too, not least the tale of Beren and Lķthien.
If you love The Lord of the Rings, and I mean the books, not the movies (great though they were in their own right), you will love The Silmarillion. It might take you a few tries to get started because Tolkienís style is grand and rather biblical, but once the Elves appear, and later the Men, you wonít be able to stop reading. Ešrendil, Gil-Galad, Elbereth Ė all those names sung by the Elves all through LotR, they come to life here. A tale full of heroism, wisdom and sadness.
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