The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion

Book - 2004
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This sumptuous, oversized hardback beautifully presents a revised and reset edition of The Silmarillion, illustrated by way of almost 50 full-colour paintings by celebrated Tolkien artist Ted Nasmith - designed to match and complement the illustrated Hobbit and Lord of The Rings.

J R R Tolkien's SILMARILLION is the core work of the Middle-earth canon. It is in this dense and often neglected masterpiece that the entire cosmology for the background for THE HOBBIT and, particularly, THE LORD OF THE RINGS is documented.

This revised and reset volume contains fabulous tales of heroes and monsters, and the history of the Elves and of the Silmarils - the magical jewels produced by the Children of Iluvatar, or Elves (humans being the Younger Children of Iluvatar); it tells of the creation of Middle-earth, and the coming of Men into the world; it chronicles the early battles between good and evil, forces of light and dark, which foreshadow the great conflict with Sauron, the Dark Lord, in LORD OF THE RINGS.

These tales of Middle-earth were published posthumously in 1977. Tolkien worked on THE SILMARILLION all his life - long before THE HOBBIT or LORD OF THE RINGS - and his son and literary executor Christopher Tolkien edited the material he left behind into its current form.

With the close collaboration of Christopher Tolkien, THE SILMARILLION has now been completely reset, using the Second Edition text, and redesigned and repackaged to complement the stunningly illustrated hardbacks of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and COMPLETE GUIDE TO MIDDLE-EARTH, providing the reader with a definitive text.

Furthermore, acclaimed Tolkien artist Ted Nasmith has been commissioned to provide 28 breathtaking new paintings, making this new illustrated edition of THE SILMARILLION the most sumptuous and desirable ever published.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
ISBN: 9780007173020
0007173024
Branch Call Number: TOLKI
Characteristics: xxviii, 386 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps (1 folded) ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tolkien, Christopher
Nasmith, Ted

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Calvacade
Aug 30, 2017

If your seriously interested in the Lord of the Rings saga this is a must read. I studied the first several chapters and looked up so many terms in order to understand it, but it was worth it.

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darcyhudjik
Aug 01, 2017

I recommend this book to die hard Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans. It gives a detailed backstory to the history of the different settings, has beautiful illustrations and maps.

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Tabaqui
Apr 19, 2017

Not for the faint of heart, nor for those who are intimidated by a long book. I personally think that The Silmarillion gives us a wider view of Middle-Earth, beyond the War of the Rings, but I loved LOTR and The Hobbit too. Again, not a book for the casual reader, but if you're a Tolkien nerd (like me :) and looking for more on Middle-Earth, give this one a try.

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Grudgeholderr
Oct 03, 2016

This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It tells you about ALL the parts in the Lord of the Rings and more!

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jubs17
Aug 24, 2016

I liked it for sure, but it certainly more dry than Lord of the Rings. I also wish there was more than one map in the back of this book. I think I will only read this once because it doesn't quite get into the parts of LOTR that I liked the most.

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KABuck
Jun 26, 2016

For anyone looking for more stories and history of the Middle-earth in which The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit take place, this is a good place to start. Tolkien begins with a creation myth, then summarizes the various deities and holy figures of his reality. What follows is the First Age tale of Elves, Dwarves and eventually Men roaming Middle-earth and even Aman across the Sea, while they fight the Dark Lord Morgoth, who has stolen the Silmarilli, three precious jewels wrought by the Elves, and who seeks tyrannical dominion over their home. Tolkien's prose flows and resonates like no other; however, readers should not expect the same character development or narrative quality as in The Lord of the Rings. The Silmarillion is first and foremost a feigned historical account.

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jorjatupper
May 02, 2016

It's like the encyclopedia for middle earth. The Simarillion is definitely one of Toiken's greatest works. It's a little wordy but totally AWESOME!!

morrisonist Oct 12, 2015

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
In glory we return, our destination's end
We slayed the dragon!
No more living in fear it's time to raise our king.
We made it happen we're the chosen ones!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
We're the chosen ones!

Riding through thunder and lighting once again
We slayed the beast we brought an end
Now we have left the kingdom of the damned
Heroes of the day, legends forever!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
We're the chosen ones!

It seems to me like a journey without end
So many years, too many battles
We've finally arrived, now we're standing at the gates
Heroes of the day, legends forever

In glory we return, our destination's end
We slayed the dragon
No more living in fear it's time to raise our king
We made it happen we're the chosen ones!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
In glory we return, our destination's end
We slayed the dragon
No more living in fear it's time to raise our king
We made it happen we're the chosen ones!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon

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snitewing
Jun 22, 2015

This book is definitely one of the better ones out there. Seriously, it's so good, what the heck.

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Dorondes
May 29, 2015

Lord of the Rings was absolutely incredible, but The Silmarillion takes Tolkien to a whole new level. More in-depth than all of his works except Unfinished Tales and Narn I Chin Hurin, this covers the background on the War of the Ring, and allows many wonderful tales to unfold. Recommended to any Tolkien reader. Be prepared for even more fan debates, though. (And mentions of Ecthelion. Seriously, drowning in a fountain?)

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Chinderixx
Feb 02, 2015

"Sit now there, and look out upon the lands where evil and despair shall come upon those thou lovest. Thou hast dared to mock me , and to question the power of Melkor, master of the fates of arda. Therefore, with my eyes thou shalt see,and with my ears, thou shalt hear, and never shalt thou move from this place until all is fulfilled to it's bitter end."-Morgoth

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fudgeburger
Jul 23, 2014

“Therefore Morgoth came, climbing slowly from his subterranean throne, and the rumour of his feet was like thunder underground. And he issued forth clad in black armour; and he stood before the King like a tower, iron-crowned, and his vast shield, sable on-blazoned, cast a shadow over him like a storm cloud." - Chapter 18: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin

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