The Silmarillion  -     Edited By: Christopher Tolkien
    By: J.R.R. Tolkien
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The Silmarillion

Del Rey Books / 1985 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Del Rey Books
Publication Date: 1985
Dimensions: 6.86 X 4.26 X 1.08 (inches)
ISBN: 0345325818
ISBN-13: 9780345325815
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Publisher's Description

"Majestic!...readers of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS...will find THE SILMARILLION a cosmology to call their own...medieval romances, fierce fairy tales and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury...it overwhelms the reader."
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Those interested in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth should not be without this grand volume that tells the tragic tale of the struggle for control of the Silmarils, a struggle that would determine the history of the world long before the War of the Ring.

Author Bio

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3rd, 1892 in South Africa. Tolkien was educated and taught Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. Tolkien's other works include The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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  1. Dallas, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great background, but not easy to read
    September 25, 2014
    Swanny52
    Dallas, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have had this book for six years, and I am just completing my second reading of it. I am a big fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and this book really made my re-reading of that series much more meaningful. Since my first reading of The Silmarillion back in 2008, I have read The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings twice, and I felt I really needed to re-read The Silmarillion again before launching into another reading of that series. I find the book hard to read - it requires great concentration and frequent reference to the index in the back. But it is well worth the effort.

    I have the "Mass Market" paperback copy of this book. It is a little "dog-eared" but is holding up OK. If I were younger and needed the book to hold up for a few more decades, I would probably invest in one of the more expensive editions, but this one is OK.

    The index that I mentioned above is actually an "Index of Names." It is an incredibly useful feature. If you do not have a good memory for names, you will find it helpful to put a bookmark at the index.

    If you are a big fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, so much so that you read the series every few years (or more!), then I would HIGHLY recommend that you get a copy of The Silmarillion. It will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Tolkien's wonderful epic.
  2. Hickory Grove, South Carolina
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book!
    July 16, 2012
    Lucy
    Hickory Grove, South Carolina
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Silmarillion, Second Edition.
    The Silmarillion is a captivating tale of the world of Middle-earth before and after the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It is very detailed and has wonderful pronunciation guides and timelines to name a few parts of it. Wonderful book! A delightful addition to any LOTR library.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 2, 2009
    Jake
    This review was written for The Silmarillion, Second Edition.
    It has many more christian themes in this book than Lord of The Rings. I didn't like how the story would leap to other characters, but you have things in the back of the book to help you understand the vast world from the mind of J.R.R.Tolkein. It is very interesting tale of a parallel earth. And the christian themes are not quite as obvious as Chronicles of Narnia {another fine tale}, but I don't see that as bad or good, just distinctive. I believe this is the Tolkein at his best.Jehovah bless!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 16, 2002
    Sarah
    This review was written for The Silmarillion, Second Edition.
    This is a really good book, but if you haven't read or didn't like The Lord of the Rings, you probably won't want to read The Silmarillion. It reads kind of like a history book (though a very engaging history book) of Middle Earth. It's long and hard to get into, but once you do get into it, it sweeps you off your feet.
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