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Publisher Description

The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien’s world. It 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 tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor.

Included in the book are several shorter works. The Ainulindale is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabeth recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Númenor at the end of the Second Age and Of the Rings of Power tells of the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in The Lord of the Rings.


‘How, given little over half a century of work, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?’
The Guardian

‘Demanding to be compared with English mythologies… at times rises to the greatness of true myth’
Financial Times

‘A creation of singular beauty… magnificent in its best moments’
Washington Post

‘A grim, tragic, brooding and beautiful book, shot through with heroism and hope… its power is almost that of mysticism’
Toronto Globe & Mail

About the author

J R R Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold many millions of copies world wide.

Martin Shaw
hr min
29 October

Customer Reviews

Cammy1490 ,

The best audiobook

This is one of the best audiobooks that I have heard,I would highly recommend every Tolkien fan should listen to this book. It was great to read along with the audiobook.

Penguinking14 ,

Generally a great audiobook

Martin Shaw's voice is one of the greatest things about this audiobook. It is perfect for the descriptions of the creation story of Tolkien's world. Needless to say that the book itself is a masterpiece of fiction.
However, the music that plays between each chapter isn't that good. I can't help but associate the music of Howard Shore from the films with the Lord of the Rings, but this is nothing of the sort, and it gives the beginnings and endings of each chapters a strange mood; detracting from the masterful imagery we all love.
I don't really have that big a deal with the audiobook, I just feel it is a shame when so much is so good about it.

Chvalagod ,

Not for everyone

If you are deep in to Tolkien, you probably don’t read the review you read the book.

This is for those like me who read other books and came to this one without actually doing homework. In short, it is not for everyone... it is quite “dry” in tone and lays out everything that happened before the Hobbit. Be ready to listen to endless lists of names and their achievements. Only about after a half the stories become more down to earth and easier to follow.

Tip: see critics review in Wiki.

The voice is awesome, the book is amazing to listen to. I had a hard time to rate this book, I can’t put 5 as it is for a specific taste and difficult at times to enjoy. But hey, a lot of bestsellers with 5 star ratings are utter ... so 4 just to get your attention that it might not be something you are looking for.

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