In the beginning Eru, the One, who in the Elvish tongue is named Ilúvatar, made the Ainur of his thought; and they made a great Music before himTolkien wrote the heart of this material very early in his career, and continued to work on it throughout his life. It fell to his son, Christopher Tolkien, to edit it into book form, and such proved the unquenchable public appetite that he subsequently oversaw 12 volumes of The History of Middle-Earth. This edition features 20 highly evocative colour plates by Ted Nasmith, themselves worth the price of admission, while reinforcing the sense of a historical work are genealogical tables, an extensive index, appendix and colour map. Far removed from the genial style of The Hobbit, this is Tolkien at his most formal, his prose austere, poetically beautiful, his storytelling capturing the epic scale, high drama and melancholy wonder of myth. These stories of elves and heroes and old gods are quite literally the foundation of the entire modern fantasy-publishing revival, and are therefore essential reading. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘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
This beautifully bound and illustrated deluxe edition contains one of Tolkien’s most beloved and popular stories, 'The Silmarillion'. It is the story of the creation of Middle-earth, telling of its mythology and its most ancient history, and of the peoples who dwelt there during the heroic First Age, long before the time of 'The Lord of the Rings'
It tells of the fashioning of three perfect jewels – the ‘Silmarilli’ – by Fëanor, most gifted of the Elves, and how the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor, the blessed realm, came to be imprisoned in the jewels. It tells also of how the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, stole the jewels and set them within his iron crown in the fortress of Angband; and how Fëanor and his kindred waged a long, and hopeless, war against the great Enemy to recover them.
The volume also contains the tale of the downfall of Númenor, and the lyrical love story of Beren and Lúthien.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
Ted Nasmith has contributed to a range of illustrated works including The Tolkien Calendar, Realms of Tolkien and Tolkien’s World.