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The Silmarillion [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

J. R. R. Tolkien , Ted Nasmith
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JRR Tolkien is best known for The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings but those who thought these two wonderful adventures marked the height of his imagination have many more delights to come. The Silmarillion represents the source of Tolkien's later work and follows the events of the First Age of Middle Earth. For information, The Lord Of The Rings concerns the end of the Third Age.

The Silmarillion is a gloriously realised story of rebellion, exile, war and the heroism of elves and men. But to gain an insight into the staggering complexity of Tolkien's world, however, the shorter works also included are must-reads. Dealing with the myth of creation, the nature of the Gods, the fall of Númenor and the Rings of Power, they paint a vivid picture not only of Middle Earth but also of the author's soaring imagination.

Tolkien was born of English parents in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in 1892 and died in England in 1973. He worked on The Silmarillion from as early as 1917 but the work was not published until after his death. This edition, richly illustrated by Ted Nasmith, is both collector's item and source of reference and fascination for every follower of Tolkien. --James Barclay


‘How, given little over half a century of work, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?’
The Guardian

‘Demanding to be compared with English mythologies… at times rises to the greatness of true myth’
Financial Times

‘A creation of singular beauty… magnificent in its best moments’
Washington Post

‘A grim, tragic, brooding and beautiful book, shot through with heroism and hope… its power is almost that of mysticism’
Toronto Globe & Mail

From the Back Cover

The tales of 'The Silmarillion' were the underlying inspiration and source of J. R. R. Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life, but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins 'The Lord of the Rings', it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's world, the ancient drama to which characters in 'The Lord of the Rings' look back, and in which some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.

The title 'Silmarillion' is shortened from 'Quenta Silmarillion'. 'The History of the Silmarils', the three great jewels created by Fëanor, most gifted of the Elves, in which he imprisoned the light of the Two Trees that illumined Valinor, the land of the gods. When Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, destroyed the Trees, that light lived on only in the Silmarils; and Morgoth seized them and set them in his crown, guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth. 'The Silmarillion' is the history of the rebellion of Fëanor and his people against the gods, their exile in Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all the heroism of Elves and Men, against the great Enemy.

This new edition of 'The Silmarillion' contains 20 full colour illustrations specially commissioned from artist Ted Nasmith.

'The Silmarillion' was first published in 1977, to great acclaim:
"How, given little over a half century of work, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?"

"At times rises to the greatness of true myth."

"A creation of singular beauty… magnificent in its best moments."

"grim, tragic, brooding and beautiful book, shot through with heroism and hope… its power is almost that of mysticism."

About the Author

J R R Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and have sold many millions of copies world wide.

Artist Ted Nasmith has contributed to a range of illustrated works including The Tolkien Calendar, Realms of Tolkien and Tolkien’s World.

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