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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

Martin Shaw
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October 29

Customer Reviews

spookedmeg ,


finrod has my entire heart.

Thunderchylde ,


I’ve read the book 7 or 8 times and listened to this audio presentation countless times now. I waited and searched for this for a few years and was so pleased to see it available here on iTunes. Martin Shaw’s narration is fantastic and added depth to my understanding of this work as a whole. Creation, fantasy, imagination, adventure and sorrow abound in this great literary work. I highly recommend to any fan or to any first time readers. I can not express how amazingly deep and thorough this collection of tales is, and how gracefully it covers countless years and ages of time. This dwarfs LOTR & The Hobbit in my humble opinion.

Not sure what the one reviewer means that it is not a complete work. All this skips is the Foreword, the Preface to the edition, the Letter from Tolkien, the glossary and the “maps” etc. It begins at the beginning and I have followed along in the book while listening. It is complete as far as I can tell.


Prideful Terrier ,

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.

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