The Silmarillion

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Book - 2001
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Silmarillion
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 that he could not publish in his lifetime because it grew with him. Its origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT. But THE HOBBIT was caught up in what Tolkien called "the branching acquisitive theme" he began in THE SILMARILLION, and eventually THE LORD OF THE RINGS emerged from this as well. 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 works. This is the story of the creation of the world and the happenings of the First Age, 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, the 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. The book includes several other, shorter works in addition to THE SILMARILLION. Preceding it are "The Ainulindale," a myth of the Creation, and "The Valaquenta," in which the nature and power of the gods is set forth. After THE SILMARILLION comes "The Akallabeth," a tale of the downfall of the kingdom of Numeno, and finally "Of the Rings of Power," the connecting link to THE LORD OF THE RINGS. This second edition features a number of minor textual corrections along with a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien describing his intentions for the work, written more than twenty-five years before its eventual publication. As described by Christopher Tolkien in the preface, it serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages of Middle-earth.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN: 0618135049
Characteristics: xxiv, 365 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tolkien, Christopher


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Aug 23, 2014

good book

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!

May 28, 2013

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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Feb 02, 2015
  • cachupin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"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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