The Silmarillion

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Feb 15, 2012 - Fiction - 368 pages
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.

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User Review  - PrettyHotandTemptin - Borders

Tolkien's Silmarillion is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and is an extremely well written novel, with his language painting a vivid picture in the mind of a brand new world with ... Read full review

Such a beautiful reading

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I tried reading the book but it was difficult to follow. But with Martin Shaw reading it takes on a whole new patina. Such a poetic dreamy and heroic tale. I would think it should be on any English ... Read full review

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of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor
of the Return of the Noldor
of Beleriand and Its Realms
of the Noldor in Beleriand
of Maeglin
of the Coming of Men into the West
of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor
of Thingol and Melian
of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië
of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor
of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor
of the Darkening of Valinor
of the Flight of the Noldor
of the Sindar
of Beren and Lúthien
of the Fifth Battle Nirnaeth Arnoediad
of Túrin Turambar Chapter 22 of the Ruin of Doriath
of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin
of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath
Akallabêth Akallabêth
Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age Of the Rings of Power and the Third

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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.

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