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.
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It’s not a complete work.
I would love to give a higher rating but there is a bit of false advertising as to the content. It starts on part 2. It is a partial unabridged and certainly not the entire book. I’m rather disappointed in that, and the fact it’s not listed as such nor do I see the other parts online.
The narration of Robert Shaw is flawless. I have it on tape and was overjoyed to see it online. The disappointment I felt at being mislead was utter.
Finally! The greatest fantasy genre transcending novel ever
I am not a reader of fantasy. Not since I was 13 or 14. But this transcends the genre and is one of the finest achievements in English literary fiction. An all time favorite of mine which I rank with the best of the best
Utterly absorbing beautifully composed, deep rich and complex. I've been pining to see this on audio as its one I return to time and again.