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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)
Grade 5-8-The epic history of the elves, and the grand creation story of Tolkien's magical world.
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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 16 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