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The book no Tolkien fan can live without,
This review is from: The Silmarillion (Paperback)
There are some things in life which you almost avoid, but when you finally get round to it, you wonder why it took you so long. The Shawshank Redemption springs to mind for me; I'm sure you have equivalents.
The Silmarillion may just be a book like that. I have seen my father's version on the shelf for years, but despite reading The Lord of the Rings several times, I just never got round to The Silmarillion - if this sounds like you, READ THIS BOOK!
Never before, nor again I imagine, have I been immersed in a world of such depth and imagination. It has been said this book is dry, this is somewhat true, but let your imagination run wild and the bare-bones structure which is laid out becomes colourful and entertaining.
If you are looking for a light, quick book then you should look elsewhere, but if you want a book to lift the spirit this is it. You will have to pay attention though; characters come and go frequently.
Tolkien's Catholicism is brought to the front several times, and many parallels can be drawn between traditional religion, mythology and his creations. However, everything is presented with Tolkien's usual genius, and it all seems fresh.
In summary, I would definitely try this book. You may find that it is 'not you', but the risk is definitely worth the rewards.