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Beautiful History of Tolkein's World,
This review is from: The Silmarillion (Hardcover)
This is a truly beautiful book. I've read Lord of the Rings twice now, and I wanted to know more about the history of Tolkein's world, before the events of Lord of the Rings, and I wasn't disappointed! It starts of with the beginnings of the world, or Arda, and an account of the Valar and their different qualities and powers. Then there's the main Silmarillion which tells of the curse of the Silmarils and the Noldor division of the Elves, and their battle against Melkor, the Dark Enemy of the World.
It is quite heavy going, to start with, and it took me two tries to read the whole thing, but trust me, it is worth it. I particularly love the stories of the lives of Luthien Tinuviel and her lover Beren, and of the life of Turin.
After the Silmarillion, there is the history of the island of Numenor and the Dunedain, from whom Aragorn (in LOTR) is descended, and some background about the making of the One Ring and other events of that time.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the background to Tolkein's world, although it would probably be better to read the Lord of the Rings first, since then the events in the Silmarillion will make more sense to you.