The Silmarillion

Tolkien, J. R. R.

(Book - 2001)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Silmarillion
The background to the entire Lord of the Rings epic, and the world of middle-earth. The Silmarillion is Tolkien's first book and his last, the core of his imaginative work that underlies all his writings about Middle-earth. Here are the legends of the Elder Days, the central stories that give meaning to the events of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Tolkien began The Silmarillion in 1917 and worked on it, changed it, and continued it throughout his life. Edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien, the book finally appeared four years after the author's death, in 1977. The three Silmarils were jewels created by Feonor, the most gifted of the Elves, and within them gleamed the light of the Two Trees of Valinor. But they were stolen by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, setting off the major war of the First Age. The Silmarillion includes several other works besides the main story: Ainulindale, the myth of Creation; Valaquenta, on the nature and power of the gods; Allakabeth, recounting the downfall of Numenor; and "Of the Rings of Power and the third Age," the link to The Lord of the Rings. As Christopher Tolkien describes it: "The entire history is set forth from the Music of the Ainur in which the world began to the passing of the ringbearers from the Havens of Mithlond at the end of the Third Age."
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN: 0395346460
Characteristics: xxiv, 365 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tolkien, Christopher


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Aug 23, 2014
  • camperconnor2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

really amzing tolkien u rock

Aug 06, 2014
  • cachupin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was so amazing!!!!!! It is now my favorite book of all time!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 02, 2014
  • SPQR23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book! It's a history of Middle-Earth, not an entertaining novel, but the sheer magnitude and depth of the amount of work that Tolkien put into this world is truly amazing. The names and places are confusing, but it's also enlightening as to the background of some of his other works. I'd also suggest Tolkien's "The Children of Hurin", "Tales from the Perilous Realm", and Brandon Sanderson's, "The Way of Kings" if you liked this one.

Jul 31, 2013
  • smaugthestupendous rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was amazing! The amount of things I've learned from this about Middle-earth and it's history is incredible!! You really feel as if all of those could have happened. Try not to have favorite figures because they will probably die. A real eye opener!! Definitely recommended for all Tolkien fans!

I totally agree with the commenter before me. This book is amazing, and so is Tolkien's writings! So perfect and captivating!

Apr 08, 2013
  • drok77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best stories ever written--EVER! It's profoundly beautiful epic fantasy. I have never been so sucked into the world of a book the way I have been with the Silmarillion. I nearly cried the first time I finished it because I was no longer in Middle Earth (I was 13 or 14, if that makes it better)!
Tolkien is one of the few authors who I never question while reading. You know how in some books you stop and think things like why the author explained something strangely, why a certain character seems so out of place in the story, or why a piece of dialogue is painful and unnecessary? That doesn't happen with Tolkien! He tells stories so perfectly, so succinctly that you just accept it without question.
Yes, you will have to flip back to the index of names many times, especially at the beginning, but tough through it because it's worth it!

Dec 04, 2012
  • logan2000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really fun to read

Nov 16, 2012
  • AfrikanCanadian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a fascinating book, but, as has been said by others, it is a chronicle of the history of Middle Earth, and it reads accordingly. I plan on rereading it, as it is very dense, and I am sure I missed a great deal of detail the first time through.

All in all, it is very well written. As is always the case with Tolkien, the level of detail in his imaginings is incredible!

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“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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