The Silmarillion

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The Silmarillion
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Hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004, ISBN# 0618391118

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The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings, it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's world, the ancient drama to which characters in The Lord of the RIngs look back and in which some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.

The title Silmarillion is shortened from Quenta Silmarillion, "The History of the Silmarils", the three great jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves, in which he imprisoned the light of the Two Trees that illumined Valinor, the land of the gods. When Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, destroyed the Trees, that light lived on only in the Silmarils; Morgoth seized them and set them in his crown, 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 people against the gods, their exile in Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all the heroisim of Elves and Men, against the great Enemy.

The book includes several other, shorter works beside The Silmarillion proper. Preceding it are "Ainulindale", the myth of Creation, and "Valaquenta", in which the nature and powers of each of the gods is set forth. After The Silmarillion is "Akallabeth", the story of the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the Second Age; completing the volume is "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age", in which the events of The Lord of the Rings are treated in the manner of The Silmarillion.

This new edition of The Silmarillion contains the revised and corrected "second edition" text and, by way of introduction, a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1951, which provides a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages. It also contains almost fifty full-color illustrations by the artist Ted Nasmith, many of which appear for the first time.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publish Date: Nov 15, 2004
ISBN-13: 9780618391110
ISBN-10: 0618391118
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 416
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 10.0 x 7.8 x 1.3
Walmart No.: 618391118
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A beautiful edition of a Tolkien classic
10/23/2008

Customer review by Prairiehawk

5.0 stars by Prairiehawk

The Silmarillion isn't for everyone -- its language is prosaic and it can move slowly -- but for fans who have to have a complete collection of Tolkien's works, this is a beautiful edition. The dust cover art is gorgeous, as are the illustrations inside, and the binding (to my admittedly inexperienced eye) appears to be of high quality. Highly recommended.

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Prairiehawk
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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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OK for die-hard fans
9/23/2007

Customer review by ElGordo

3.0 stars by ElGordo

This book is rather like reading some history textbook. Except its fictional, and has little bearing on anything. I realize that Tolkein is the master and that he is single handedly responsible for all of the fantasy fiction today, but gosh is it boring. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are readable--barely at some points-- and have some good themes in them. This is just a lot of: Elesor son of Elisor son of Elasor did such and such... Tedious. It has some OK bits: the origin of the elves and Sauron, but those are few and far between I s'pose I'm revealing myself for the philistine that I am. Besides rabid Tolkien fans, maybe someone who really enjoys ancient literature will find this interesting.

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9/18/2010

Customer review by Hrw716

3.0 stars by Hrw716

This book is a very difficult read... It's liken to reading a history book... some of it is interesting if you want to know about the origins of the elves, dwarves, humans, ect.. in Middle Earth, but you really have to trudge through it. If you're really into studying history and such (even though it's fiction), you would probably like this book better than I did. Oh, and it does become more interesting about a third of the way through where Tolkien's nephew, I believe, finished it after his death. It becomes a little more like a story than a history book then.

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