The Silmarillion, Second Edition   -     By: J.R.R. Tolkien
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1999 / Paperback

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Tolkein considered The Silmarillion his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other writing. The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age, this 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 three Silmarils were jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord. Thereafter, the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in the Simarils, but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown, which was guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle Earth. The Silmarillion is the history of the rebellion of Feanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy.
This second edition features a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkein describing his intentions for the book, which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages of Middle-earth.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 365
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1999
ISBN: 0618126988
ISBN-13: 9780618126989
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A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, THE SILMARILLION is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT.
Tolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other writing. The story of the creation of the world and of the the First Age, this 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 three Silmarils were jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the Trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord. Thereafter, the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in the Silmarils, but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown, which was guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth. THE SILMARILLION is the history of the rebellion of Feanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy.
This second edition features a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien describing his intentions for the book, which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages of Middle-earth.

Author Bio

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Editorial Reviews

"Majestic!... Readers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will find in The Silmarillion a cosmology top call their own, medievel romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury... It overwhelms the reader." Time Magazine

"Heart-lifting... a work of power, eloquence and noble vision... Superb!" The Wall Street Journal

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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
    This review was written for The Silmarillion.
    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: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book!
    July 16, 2012
    Lucy
    Hickory Grove, South Carolina
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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
    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 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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