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The Silmarillion

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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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The Silmarillion

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.

Excellent read

Read the hobbit, the lord of the rings, and then the silmarillion. Else you wish to be very confused about what is going on. Be warned, you must be at least 18 years old to read this and fully understand it. There is not anything to do with mature rated material, it is just your educational level.

Wonderful! Difficult... Beautiful!

This is one of the best books i've ever read. As a lord of the rings nut, i now enjoy knowing more about middle-earth than all of my friends. I have read other reviews that say you have to be 18 or older to fully understand it. A more or less agree. I read this when i was 12. I did become lost at some points, but for the most part, i didn't have any problems.

If you are going to read this, read the hobbit and the lord of the rings first, or you will have no idea whats going on. Even though this book is set before the hobbit and lord of the rings, it would be foolhardy (see, im even talking like them) to read the silmarillion first.


The Silmarillion
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Epic
  • Published: Oct 07, 2014
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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