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Although The Silmarillion takes place in the same imaginary world as J.J.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and was originally published four years after the author's death and over two decades after the former book, it is set much earlier, in the First Age of the World. The tales and the book which reads as a fusion between a story collection and historical chronicle, are a matter of legend even to the characters of The Lord of the Rings:
In the beginning Eru, the One, who in the Elvish tongue is named Ilúvatar, made the Ainur of his thought; and they made a great Music before himTolkien wrote the heart of this material very early in his career, and continued to work on it throughout his life. It fell to his son, Christopher Tolkien, to edit it into book form, and such proved the unquenchable public appetite that he subsequently oversaw 12 volumes of The History of Middle-Earth. This edition features 20 highly evocative colour plates by Ted Nasmith, themselves worth the price of admission, while reinforcing the sense of a historical work are genealogical tables, an extensive index, appendix and colour map. Far removed from the genial style of The Hobbit, this is Tolkien at his most formal, his prose austere, poetically beautiful, his storytelling capturing the epic scale, high drama and melancholy wonder of myth. These stories of elves and heroes and old gods are quite literally the foundation of the entire modern fantasy-publishing revival, and are therefore essential reading. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Grade 5-8-The epic history of the elves, and the grand creation story of Tolkien's magical world.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This review is for version- ISBN 0261102427 by Harper Collins publishing
At the time of this Review I've not completely finished the book but I'm soon nearing the end starting... Read more
The hard core fans of The Lord of the rings might take pleasure in reading this book but I didn't. Too many names and too little action. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Yvon
Not as good as LOTR or the Hobbit but still very informative..reads more as a history book than a story.Published 4 months ago by Gregory Hunter
Rated not for the content, but the materials used to manufacture it. This edition is a paperback sized hardcover printed on groundwood paper. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hyrkanian
An absolutely incredible work that sheds additional light on just why Tolkien has been such an influential literary figure. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lance G.
Everything is fine (in spite of the relatively - but not at all too - infavourable condition the book was in after its transportation).Published 7 months ago by A customer
If you are reading this it's probably because you still have doubt about buying this book. You can go ahead and buy it now the story is amazing and so well written. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ilyes beddiari
Consider this -- J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastical epic "Lord of the Rings" is only the tail end of his invented history. Read morePublished 10 months ago by EA Solinas