The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion

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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1977.
ISBN: 9780395257302
Characteristics: 365 p. :,map (1 fold.) ;,24 cm.


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Dec 27, 2019

Not difficult to read but not terribly easy either. This book had my brain really working and imagining picture to the words which spells out "good book" for me. I had a little trouble following the time line in some parts but it eventually came together for me. I may need to read this book again.

LPL_IanS Sep 03, 2019

More history than novel, this beautiful and poetic history of Middle Earth was the literary jewel (Silmaril pun) of Tolkien’s eye. Driven by a vengeful oath, the Eldar leave paradise to wage tragic war on Morgoth, a fallen god. Think Old Testament populated by Elves, Dwarves, dragons, and orcs.

Read if you like: epic scope, beautiful but unhurried writing, Middle Earth

Jun 09, 2019

Want to play the SILMARILLION drinking game? Take a shot every time Tolkien uses a superlative adjective to describe someone. Just once, I wish he would've introduced an elven king who was just an OK fighter and *sort of* knew his way around a forge.

This book is awesome. Amazing. Stupendous. Fantastic. Okay, I'm running out of adjectives now... But seriously, this book is amazing. I already liked The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but The Silmarillion is what turned me into a complete fanatic about Middle-earth and pretty much everything Tolkien wrote.
The Silmarillion is written differently than most of Tolkien's other works, but tough it out-you will not be disappointed. This is what Tolkien spent his entire life working on-and with good reason. This book has everything. Tragedy, romance, epic quests, battles, heroes and heroines, hidden cities, villains, and probably more that I'm forgetting. Moments when all hope is lost, and moments where it shines as bight as the Silmarils. And when all hope seems gone, just remember Hurin's battle cry: Day shall come again!

Apr 11, 2019

None of the chapters are too long and its very rich and satisfying. Definitely took me longer to read this than the other books, but I'm not in a rush to leave this world either.

Mar 15, 2019

If you enjoyed reading the appendices in the LOTR trilogy, you will enjoy The Silmarillion even more so. It is packed with lore, on lore, on lore.

Feb 20, 2019

I have read JRR Tolkien's LOTR trilogy and the Hobbit several times, and I am a HUGE fan. That being said, I could not finish this book, and I have tried a couple of times. The Silmarillion is not so much a story as an impenetrably dense and shockingly boring (IMHO) history of Middle Earth, filled with dozens and dozens of legendary characters and place names, with no plot to speak of. The Silmarillion reads like a cross between the bible and an Ikea catalogue. "And then VILTO and HEMNES crossed the RÖNNSKÄR, and spake unto BILLY, whose family came from the hills of FRÄJEN, along the rocky shores of the rivers MALM and TISSENDAL..."

Jan 08, 2019

Copied from "People of Middle Earth": Honestly, I learned so much about writing and understanding the world around me by reading these books from Tolkien. Getting this break down of how the world of Middle Earth ran made things so interesting. As I started to get more and more into history, so much of his world building, and the wars going on between Sauron and the free people of Middle Earth, or the wars between the Elves and Morgoth, or (I could continue) were such clear parallels to what was happening in Tolkien's world.... and they are still such clear parallels to what is happening in today's world. We always talk about how Dystopian novels are a way of warning us about the path we're following, and how our future might turn out, but we forget that a lot of Fantasy novels are also reflections of people today, and how we need to get our acts together.

SCL_Justin Sep 04, 2018

I have tried to read this so many times and I have finally completed it. And it was worth it. While it is more of a myth cycle that doesn't get into the details of adventures in the way the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings do, I found that to be a soothing experience.

Immortal beings rise and fall and their cities are raised up and crumble. Sauron is barely mentioned because in the first age we're dealing with the more powerful Melkor who ends up being judged and cast out after a war that devastates and reshapes the world.

What I loved about the book this time was the distance of it all, that we're learning of the origins of things so many generations before what I think of as Middle Earth. It changes your perspective and sort of minimizes the epicness of the War of the Rings. These things have happened before and will again.

Jul 25, 2018

Many readers are lead to The Silmarillion after reading The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy and wanting to know more about that world. While it suffices for that, I have also noticed a number of LOTR and Hobbit fans find the style of the Silmarillion to be too inconsistent with either of the two more popular books. For that reason, I wouldn't recommend The Silmarillion to anyone without offering the caveat that it is not a single story book. It is an epic, spanning tens of thousands of years and leading up to event's hundreds of years before The Hobbit. The book doesn't convey an adventure or series of adventures, it'as more a history of Middle Earth and most of it's creatures. For that reason, I actually enjoy it more than LOTR or Hobbit. After I initially read it, I went out and found copies of Unfinished Tales, the Lays of Beleriand and Morgoth's Ring (which I would recommend to those wanting to know more about Middle Earth but without the medieval epic prose) to delve further into the histories of the various peoples of Middle Earth. The Silmarillion is similar to books like 'The World of Ice and Fire' by George RR Martin, or 'The Hyborian Age' by Robert Howard, which convey the history of their respective fictional worlds and give context to the primary stories within them. If you enjoy that sort of background it will add to your reading of said main adventures, if you don't, you won't miss out anything by skipping them entirely.

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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

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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