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5.0 out of 5 stars The bible of Middle-Earth
It's more than slightly staggering to consider: the epic fantasy "Lord of the Rings" to be the tail end of Tolkien's invented history. The "Bible" of Middle-Earth, the "Silmarillion" stretches from the beginning of time to the departure of the Elves from Middle-Earth.
A complete summary is impossible, because the book spans millennia and has one...
Published on 28 Feb 2006 by E. A Solinas

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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor Deluxe edition
I have purchased the deluxe editions of the LOTR, and the three volumes of the History of Middle Earth. All of these books are superb and are printed on fine India paper. However unlike these books the Silmarillion deluxe which I bought is printed on much heavier, poorer quality paper. The print quality in the first few pages was also very dissapointing. Although...
Published on 6 Jan 2004 by MR S CONNOR


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4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good book, 24 Mar 2012
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After innumerable advisers telling me this book was boring, I didn't buy it, but eventually found it in the library. I now regret not buying it in the first place. It is not very hard to read and is not boring at all. If you can call an epic battle between Sauron's master, Morgoth, and the Valar, the most powerful beings in Middle Earth, And a fight between the lord of balrogs and the elves, then there is probably something wrong with you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien's broadest book ever, 11 Aug 2011
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The Silmarillion (paperback)

This was made from notes J R R Tolkien wrote before he penned the Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings. It contains the why & how of Middle Earth up to & including the reign of men (4th Age).

Read this to find out.
What order creatures were created in.
How & why Middle Earth was created.
What were the 1st & 2nd ages like.
What of the history of light. The sun & moon, how were they made.
How & why were green things brought to life. Why were ents needed.
Who is Morgoth. Who is Ungoliant & what does she do.
Who is Beren. Who is Luthien. Who is Tuor & Huor.
Who exactly is Galadriel. What was her first service & who was it to.
What is Galadriel's status on earth. Whose her mother.
What is the Longest & saddest story of Middle Earth.
Where was the Land of Angmar.
What was known of Elves, Dwarves & Men during the creation.
What happens to the Children of Hurin.
Why the west is revered & why Dwarves & Men don't get there.
Who is Sauron, exactly.
Whose steward is Gandalf.
What is Numenor.
How did elves, men & dwarves interact early on.
What is a Balrog, exactly.
Why were Dragon's created.
Did Shelob have a mother.
Is Moria the only cave of city stature.
Did evil ever rule Middle Earth.
Where did Aragorn's Kingly heritage come from.
Where did his kin of old come from.
What's the relationship between Aragorn & Elrond.
Where does Elrond fall in the ranks of the elves.
The dead marshes come from what conflict.
and on and on and on. Yeah I know question marks. Sue me.

IS THE FIRST THIRD OF THE SILMARILLION HARD TO READ. YES!!!
It is all character & place setting introduction but you find golden nuggets of info that makes LOTR, the Hobbit & the Silmarillion a greater experience for you. This book is a diamond in a tar pit & you should get through the tar to enjoy the last two thirds which is gem. Don't skip the beginning chapters. The things that are legend in LOTR & the things revered are alive in The Silmarillion it is far wider in scope than LOTR but of course lacks the detail of LOTR. Push through the first chapters!! 5 STARS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing, 8 Oct 2004
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The Silmarillion is an amazing book. All Tolkien fans will be delighted to have it. It tells you all about the first years of the Elves, the Valar and other creatures Tolkien invented. The Silmarillion is another book of the genius writings of JRR TOLKIEN. A MUST HAVE FOR ALL TOLKIEN FANS!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book with a very rich story, but a bit confused, 28 Feb 2001
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I read it in spanish, and I liked it much, put I found it quite confused. A lot of names, kinships and historical facts are referred on it, which makes it very easy to lose the story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ainulindale, 7 May 2008
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Much has been said about the Silmarillion, most of it true.
I'll add my own 5 pence here: in my opinion, the Ainulindale is the truest and most accurate account of the Creation Story form any quarter. It beautifully merges the truths of the big-bang theme and the evolutionary theme, and shows them to flow from one single Intelligent Source- this is the truth, sans religion.
Furthermore, it is clear to me that Tolkien was gifted with the Sight, and did not invent these worlds; rather, he was 'allowed' to 'see' into happenings in other realms, and to record them as his earthly brain could so transcribe. These happenings being spoken of are largely the events in the World of the Elementals and the worlds beyond; the Elves are a representation of beigns that exist, and the Wars are a depiction of the universal struggle of good against evil.
I'll leave it there; ponder on this a minute.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopaedic, but not entertaining., 2 Jan 2004
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Middle-earth is fascinating, and The Silmarillion reveals the breathtaking scope of Tolkein's imagination. The amount of detail and history that Tolkein invented as the source material for his novels is undoubtedly a triumph of creativity, but (perhaps deliberately), the Silmarillion is as dry a read as the Bible, and left me cold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 July 2014
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My husband loves I get a peaceful night when he is reading it
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4.0 out of 5 stars A History book from a fantasy world........... I loved it!!!, 5 Dec 1998
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For all of you who love to read the bits of history that some authors give to thier worlds this is a MUST read (assuming you have read Lord of the Rings and if not WHY NOT???) this book is basicaly a well written intresting history book of Tolkiens world dealing with the 1st age of Midle Earth.........
This book differs from most fantasy books as it has no main character or thread that flows throughout the book, but rather tells the story of the 1st age from start to finish it is rich in details and characters.
I am sure i have repated myself writting this, but I have tried to do it 3 times and failed.... so like it lump it it don't really matter to me.
The reason Why I have given it 4 crowns is when i think it is worth 5 is that this book is a hard read (but worthwhile) I have had friends who found it to much ffort and gave up........
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only for die-hard fans, 6 Dec 1999
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After enjoying the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, I thought that it was time to read The Silmarillion. However after failing to get past Chapter 2 after three attempts, I have given up. The book reads exactly the same as Genesis in the Bible but with Elven names. If you are a die hard fan buy it, how-ever if you are looking for an easy read on vacation, forget it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Mythology, 20 Jan 2002
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This book is simply beutiful. It is a grand tragedy. It really doesen't really have any light points. But it is grand, as grand as you can get. This is Tolkien's life work. You can't call yourself a Tolkien fan, if you don't like this book. This book is not fantasy, not at all. This is mythological history.
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