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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First you read the Hobbit and the Trilogy. Then when you grow up and read The Silmarillion. A must read for Tolkien lovers. This book lays the foundation for all the other books.
I hate to write a negative review of a book based on a publishers error or fault, but this book is missing a key component, the map. The foreword clearly indicates it should be there. Checking on line print editions have it. There is no reason why this ebook should not have it as well.
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I love this book. I love the sheer magnitude of the history involved. My only complaint is that it is so dense and is very slow reading. I was originally going to give it only 4 stars, but I reconsidered and gave it 5. If I could, i would have given it 4 and a half stars. It's on my bucket list to reread all the major Tolkien books. This is the second time I've read this book. I may have to come back one day and read it again. Depends how long I live and how long my iPhone holds out. This is the first book I've ever read on my iPhone. So convenient.