- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000752322X
- ISBN-13: 978-0007523221
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (475 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Silmarillion Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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Although The Silmarillion takes place in the same imaginary world as J.J.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and was originally published four years after the author's death and over two decades after the former book, it is set much earlier, in the First Age of the World. The tales and the book which reads as a fusion between a story collection and historical chronicle, are a matter of legend even to the characters of The Lord of the Rings:
In the beginning Eru, the One, who in the Elvish tongue is named Ilúvatar, made the Ainur of his thought; and they made a great Music before himTolkien wrote the heart of this material very early in his career, and continued to work on it throughout his life. It fell to his son, Christopher Tolkien, to edit it into book form, and such proved the unquenchable public appetite that he subsequently oversaw 12 volumes of The History of Middle-Earth. This edition features 20 highly evocative colour plates by Ted Nasmith, themselves worth the price of admission, while reinforcing the sense of a historical work are genealogical tables, an extensive index, appendix and colour map. Far removed from the genial style of The Hobbit, this is Tolkien at his most formal, his prose austere, poetically beautiful, his storytelling capturing the epic scale, high drama and melancholy wonder of myth. These stories of elves and heroes and old gods are quite literally the foundation of the entire modern fantasy-publishing revival, and are therefore essential reading. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Would absolutely recommend to any Tolkien fan or fan of fantasy/literature in general.
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Amazing book with great tale. Definitely planning on buying next books from Tolkien.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Was a present for my brother who has read loads and loads of books... luckily he hadn't read this one and says it looks brilliant.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best books I've ever read, so much so that I've read it twice and I'll revisit it again with joy ;)Published 1 month ago by William Murphy
Arrived today and very happy with the delivery speed 😊
Bookwas a bit smaller than I expected nut I'm really looking forward to reading it 😊
My 13 year old son has enjoyed this book although it isn't an easy read.Published 1 month ago by Tsmj
Well worth reading. Incredible level of detail. Takes you to another universe. Really sets the scene for the Hobbit and Lord of the rings.Published 1 month ago by Kryten
Book is book. You either love Tolkien or you don't. If you don't, get lost.Published 1 month ago by EzisMiglaa