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4.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for more avid Tolkien readers, 24 Feb 2003
This review is from: The Silmarillion (Paperback)
I must start by saying this book is not for everyone. It is written more like a religious text than the prose synonymous in Tolkien's other works (e.g. 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of The Rings').
It is for this reason that many people find it difficult to engage in the text at first: admittedly I also had the same problem. But once you are immersed in the richness of Tolkien's Middle Earth and the magnificence and intrigue of his tales, it is impossible to put down.
One of the most incredible parts of the book is Tolkien's theory of creation. It astounds me that Tolkien had the imagination and ability to create such original and influencing tales; creating histories and Theories of creation that look like the mythology of a whole ancient race, not the workings of one man.
The only reason the book has been given 4 stars is because it is only suitable for more ardent readers, who have a real passion for Tolkien.
The is a wonderful book and can be read before 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of The Rings' as a foundation for later characters and ideas, or afterwards; as I read it, to further illustrate Tolkien's intricate Middle Earth.
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