Designed to take fans ofThe HobbitandThe Lord of the Ringsdeeper into the myths and legends of Middle-earth
The Silmarillionis an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters inThe Lord of the Ringslook back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part. The tales ofThe Silmarillionare set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor.
Included in the book are several shorter works. The Ainulindale is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabeth recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Númenor at the end of the Second Age and Of the Rings of Power tells of the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated inThe Lord of the Rings.
This pivotal work features the revised, corrected text and includes, by way of an introduction, a fascinating letter written by Tolkien in 1951 in which he gives a full explanation of how he conceived the early Ages of Middle-earth.