|This new edition of what Tolkien considered his most important work includes textual corrections and, by way of introduction, a letter written by the author that details his conceptions of the earliest Age of Middle-earth. Maps.|
From the Publisher:
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.
Before there was Bilbo, Frodo, or Gandalf, there were the Elder Days, when the Dark Lord Morgoth's obsession with the magical gems called the Silmarils drove a wedge between the worlds of elves and men. THE SILMARILLION is essential reading for fans of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.
Customer Reviews of The Silmarillion
Tolkien's work is awesome!3/11/2009
The Silmarillion is a classic Tolkien book. If you enjoyed The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit then you will absolutley love this book. It is a general history of the Elves which starts at the beginning or creation of Middle Earth and includes a general overview of most of Tolkien's great works. This book is affordable and amazing!