The Silmarillion

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Feb 15, 2012 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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  - MathewBridle - LibraryThing

As a great fan of Tolkien I thought it was about time I gave this a go, sadly it was not for me. A middle earth 'old testament'. Though interesting for the lore of Tolkien's world I found it a chore to read, good but trying. Read full review

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Tolkien’s masterpiece covers a vast history from before the Earth was formed through the events of Lord of the Rings, focusing on the Valar and the fall of Melkor, the history of the First-Born (Elves ... Read full review

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Contents

TITLE PAGE FOREWORD
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
FROM A LETTER BY J R R TOLKIEN TO MILTON WALDMAN
AINULINDAL╦ AINULINDAL╦ VALAQUENTA VALAQUENTA
QUENTA SILMARILLION
OF THE BEGINNING OF DAYS
OF AUL╦ AND YAVANNA CHAPTER 3 OF THE COMING OF THE ELVES AND THE CAPTIVITY OF MELKOR
OF THINGOL AND MELIAN
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 BEREN AND L┌THIEN
OF THE FIFTH BATTLE NIRNAETH ARNOEDIAD

OF ELDAMAR AND THE PRINCES OF THE ELDALI╦
OF F╦ANOR AND THE UNCHAINING OF MELKOR CHAPTER 7 OF THE SILMARILS AND THE UNREST OF THE NOLDOR
OF THE DARKENING OF VALINOR
OF THE FLIGHT OF THE NOLDOR
OF THE SINDAR
OF THE SUN AND MOON AND THE HIDING OF VALINOR
OF
OF T┌RINTURAMBAR
OF THE RUIN OF DORIATH
OF TUOR AND THE FALL OF GONDOLIN
OF THE VOYAGE OF E─RENDIL AND THE WAR OF WRATH AKALLAB╩TH AKALLAB╩TH OF THE RINGS OF POWER AND THE THIRD
NOTE ON PRONUNCIATION
J R R TOLKIEN

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J.R.R. TOLKIENá(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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