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The Silmarillion (Boxed Set) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

J.R.R. Tolkien , Martin Shaw
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Dec 1 1998 J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silmarillion tells of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's World, when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle Earth, and the High Elves made war upon them for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor.  It is to this ancient drama that the characters in The Lord of the Rings so often look back to.

Sit at the feet of the most beloved storyteller of the 20th century and hear how the world came to be.  The Silmarillion is told here in a brilliantly faceted audio production, with all the glory of the First Age itself.  Dazzlingly performed by Martin Shaw, it sparkles with the magic of the dawn of time--when Elves and Men roamed a world set spinning through space by the haunting music of supernatural choirs.  Slip through the shadows and you, too, may catch the whisper of harp-song on the winds of the high air above the mists of the world.

This exclusive audio boxed set of Tolkien's elegant masterpiece is one that will delight fans young and old.  It is an extraordinary keepsake to be treasured and listened to again and again.

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The Silmarillion is J.R.R. Tolkien's tragic, operatic history of the First Age of Middle-Earth, essential background material for serious readers of the classic Lord of the Rings saga. Tolkien's work sets the standard for fantasy, and this audio version of the "Bible of Middle-Earth" does The Silmarillion justice. Martin Shaw's reading is grave and resonant, conveying all the powerful events and emotions that shaped elven and human history long before Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and all the rest embarked on their quests. Beginning with the Music of the Ainur, The Silmarillion tells a tale of the Elder Days, when Elves and Men became estranged by the Dark Lord Morgoth's lust for the Silmarils, pure and powerful magic jewels. Even the love between a human warrior and the daughter of the Elven king cannot defeat Morgoth, but the War of Wrath finally brings down the Dark Lord. Peace reigns until the evil Sauron recovers the Rings of Power and sets the stage for the events told in the Lord of the Rings. This is epic fantasy at its finest, thrillingly read and gloriously unabridged. (Running time: 14 hours, 6 CDs)

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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.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only a book, but a Piece of Art Feb. 28 2005
Format:Hardcover
It is quite difficult to write something about "The Silmarillion" when there are already so many people that have read it. But to write something about this new illustrated edition is completely different.
The whole book is a work mayor fantasy, created by J.R.R. Tolkien and it has been for all of us possible to read it, thanks to his son Christopher. The book should be read after having been read "The Hobbit" and The Lord of the Rings in that order, because if not its reading it could a bit difficult. Doing it this way you can feel as if you live each one of the histories like something that was made for us to know, but somehow didn't fitted in the previous books.
Now let's take this classic book and let's add it illustrations... Can someone request for more? This edition overcomes the previous by arriving to 45 marvelously painted illustrations, made by Ted Nasmith. Some of the paintings are awesomely real. They caught my eyes from the very beginning. It's a pity that some paintings made by Nasmtih, like the ones entitled "Eärendil Searches Tirion" and "Luthien Escapes the Treehouse" haven't been included in the final edition. On the other hand it was a big surprise to see the high-scaled map of this one. Not even the illustrated edition of LOTR has such a big and wonderful map.
To tell the truth it's a privilege to have this book in my bookcase beside the illustrated editions of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings".
Once again thanks Tolkien for give us such a wonderful world to live in, and thanks Mr Nasmith for put it into images.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great but only under the right circumstances May 26 2001
Format:Paperback
Most fantasy works can be read by the general populace, especially the genre specific populace and easily enjoyed. This is not true of "The Silmarillion"
"The Silmarillion" is one of those books that gains GREATLY from rereading - this cannot be said enough. At first read it is a confusing selection and notes and names with little real story. Later sections (especially Beren and Luthien but also Turin) have a more connected story, are closer to the Tolkien we have all grown to love.
This disjointedness is the Silmarillion's greatest weakness and one of the reasons I cannot give it five stars (although I would rate it that way for myself). The other is that only true Tolkien afficando's are going to enjoy it. Anyone who loves Tolkien will probably love this - they will enjoy an opportunity to see the back history of Middle Earth, to some of the legends and Elder Days mentioned in the Lord of the Rings. Thus for those that have read Tolkien, this will be a great book.
My other complaint with this book is that I doubt Tolkien would have ever published it. He spent such effort polishing his work, I do not think he would have published something as disjointed as this. And although I am glad to see it, that also detracts from the pleasure.
Anyhow, the Silmarillion is an interesting collection of myths and legends of the Elder Days of Middle Earth - of the War of the Jewels. It is tragic and reminiscent of Norse mythology and great for those interested in the Lord of the Rings. For everyone else though I would say don't bother.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most precioussssssssss! Feb. 29 2004
By norin
Format:Audio CD
I was so lost for words the first time i ended reading this book. Close to tears, even. I actually highlighted all terms i found significant. Almost the entire book is actually highlighted! Read it, love it, read it again and so it will NEVER come to pass when you'll grow tired of such wonderful material...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! April 9 2012
By James
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was exciting and perfectly written. I re-read LOTR after reading this and it added SO MUCH to the depth of the novels. I recommend it to anyone interested in Middle-Earth, or any story about Light vs. Dark, Good vs. Evil. Additionally, it really helped shape my feelings regarding death.
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By craig
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I usually re-read the Lord of the Rings once a year so I've come to terms with the sometimes difficult writing style and the descriptive nature of Tolkien. It can get to be like reading molasses but non the less I love it. The Silmarillion was much the same but more so written like a religious text, which for the most part it is. I found myself re-reading chunks and heading to the appendix at the back of the book to make sure I remembered who was being featured at the moment and if they were Valar, Elf, HUman, etc. The sheer number of characters, for lack of a better word, is quite a lot and it reads less like a story and more like a lecture of the history where Tolkien (and Christopher Tolkien) guide you personally through the hierarchy of gods and notable characters/events of the events prior to LotR.

For me none of the above meant that this was a bad experience. A few times I felt bogged down and couldn't see how something fit into the whole, but the creativity and depth behind the writing kept me interested until the end. The little tid-bits that related more directly to LotR were great to come across and the forging of the rings was particularly interesting.

The physical copy was perfect as always. A great buy for those wishing to know more about the history of Middle Earth and don't mind Tolkien's writing style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Shopper March 12 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Thank you for this edition of The Silmarillion. I cannot wait to read it!The price was right and the book arrived in fine condition.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
Very disappointed that the item came damaged. The box was unopened and sealed so that tells me a damaged book was put in the box. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nic77
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it
Got it today. Havent read it yet. But I appreciate how fast and prompt these people are with deliveries. I'll be looking forward to buying more books from you.
Published 8 months ago by Kathryn
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Tolkien fans!
It's a cute little pocket book. I had to buy it since I wanted to know more about the Tolkien universe. It's a very interesting book. I love the story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alexandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice cover
It's what it is. Nice cover, the pages are all cut square and all clue correctly :P For the story inside :D That never change.
Published 11 months ago by Stilgardm
3.0 out of 5 stars Very broad and deep
I loved the introduction, and the depth of the imagination of JR Token to create such a wonderful beginning to his world. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jamil Jacek Haidari
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
its a little bit hard to understand the history but once you start you wont bee able too stop reading this book.
Published 14 months ago by dino garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars My review of The Silmarillion (Illustrated Edition)
This is one of my favourite books of all time. This was considered by the author, JRR Tolkien to be his masterpiece. Unfortunately it was not published until after his death. Read more
Published 15 months ago by jedopi
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
excellent. Shipping was fast enough - the book got here undamaged. It looked as it was told to be. I highly recommend this seller. Thank you.
Published on Feb. 10 2012 by Laurent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
The book came well before Christmas, even thought it was ordered rather close to the deadline, and it came in great condition. Especially considering the price!!! Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2012 by Cass
5.0 out of 5 stars The Simarilion
The writing in this book in quality far exceeds that in the more popular "Lord of the Rings" in my opinion. It has an eloquence and beauty in it's words. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2012 by Peter
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