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The mythology needed for LOTR,
This review is from: The Silmarillion (Paperback)
As any reader of LOTR and even The Hobbit know there is a whole world underlying the well-known stories. When somebody in the books for example refers to Elbereth or to the downcast of Numenor then the reader is not actually told what this is about - we must accept that there is a foundation of religion and history that we do not know about. Of course the appendices help - but even Tolkien was aware that they could only bring a little light. Actually he wanted to have both the LOTR and the Silmarilion as one publication.
For the reader that is seriously interrested in the mythology behind LOTR and some of the history, this is where to start looking. One must be aware however that the book is seeing the history from the Elvish point of view - there is not much about hobbits here, but quite a lot about how the world was created. The text is fragmented (no doubt by the author's purpose!) so that it looks quite in the same way as a REAL (i.e.: Our world) mythology. This makes it very hard to read and it cannot be digested in a week or two. But it is a MUST for the advanced Tolkien fan!