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Silmarillion A Format

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Harpercollins (uk) | January 31, 1999 | Mass Market Paperbound

Silmarillion A Format is rated 4.6071 out of 5 by 28.

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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 464 pages, 7.25 × 4.63 × 1.18 in

Published: January 31, 1999

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0261102737

ISBN - 13: 9780261102736

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tales of MIddle Earth for the devoted I am not sure how many times I have read this book but it has to be over five. I just love reading about the earlier ages of Middle Earth - long before there was a Frodo or even a Gandalf. You can piece together how it was that the alliances and kingdoms were formed well before the events of Lord of the Rings takes place. This book is sort of like the Book of Genesis in the bible - it explains the world's origin and lays out the creation of all the creatures in it. It also deals with the fall of the Noldor - a subrace of elves that love to craft items of exquisite beauty and power. For those familiar with LOTR, think of Galadriel and you get an idea on the potency of these people. Their greatest craftsman, Feanor, creates the Silmarils - three gems with unparalled allure and embued with the light of creation inside - and everything goes great until the main villain, Morgoth, decides to steal them and take the gems back to his frosty domain. The Noldor are very proud and decide to chase him with their armies despite a ban on leaving the Western Lands from their deities. The Noldor commit crimes against their fellow elves and find themselves in a hostile land, exiled and without friends. The book mostly deals with the tales that follow this exile, as the Noldor try desperately to get their Silmarils back as well as surviving Morgoth's constant forays into their kingdom. These are truly epic battles with hosts of superpowered elves versus regiments of balrogs and dragons. The only down side to the book is that it reads somewhat like a book of myths - more like a account of events than a true novel (which it is not). Don't expect it to be like LOTR - it is more like Robert Graves' books on Greek myths. Having said that, if you are at all curious about the origins of those powerful beings from LOTR such as Galadriel, Elrond, Sauron or even the family tree of Aragorn, this book is well worth reading. It is only about 300 pages for the narrative part (the rest being appendices) so it won't take you all year either. Recommended for the earnest Tolkien fan.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written! When reading this book I had to constantly remind myself that it was fiction. It was so detailed and the world he created was just amazing! How could one man have such an imagination?!
Date published: 2009-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favourite book just got better! For years I have enjoyed my mass market paperback edition of The Silmarillion. I kept seeing this lovely illustrated hardback edition on Chapters on-line, but I never found a copy in store. I was reluctant to spend $30 on a book I already had without at least seeing it to know if it was worth the expense. Finally, I decided that I would get a copy before it went out of print, as this 2004 edition is now 5 years old. My copy arrived today, and I am not disappointed. It is beautiful. It is printed on heavy white stock that really brings out the details in the wonderful paintings. It also comes with a fantastic full colour fold out map. The cover is hardback with extra heavy board. This is most certainly the edition that I will enjoy reading the most. While I may not carry it to work on the bus because of its size, weight, and quality; those attributes will encourage me to sit in the most comfortable chair in the house to experience all that this edition has to offer! If you love Tolkien, but haven't read The Silmarillion yet, this is the edition to get. The maps and illustrations will draw you in to this prequel to all things Middle Earth. Another way to enhance your enjoyment of this book would be to read along to the Silmarillion Boxed Set of CDs with The Atlas of Middle-Earth by your side!
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for die-hard LOTR fans Huge LOTR fan? Love Tolkiens work? Then you'll enjoy reading more of the history of Middle Earth in this great novel. Some find it harder to read, but I still loved it.
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Mythology told as a history. Enjoyable for any lover of myth despite whether or not you've delved into the works of Tolkien. For those who simply exist to consume all things Tolkien, you will find the history of the first three ages of Arda (and even before it) fascinating at the least.
Date published: 2008-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best from the best! The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien is the best book by this highly acclaimed author. Unfortunately it is not all that it could be. Tolkien was not able to complete the book in his lifetime, so many parts read more like chapter outlines than like a real legend. I hope that someday someone can realize this book in its full glory by bringing together all the separate bits that are found in 'Unfinished Tales', 'The Book of Lost Tales', some of the History of Middle-earth books, and 'The Children of Hurin'. These tales of the Elves and the Valar in the elder days and the coming of Men into Middle-earth are engaging and griping. Tolkien shows us how the Earth was formed, how evil came into the Earth, how both Elves and Men fell from grace, then fought to regain what they had lost. Meet Feanor and discover why he is the greatest Elve to ever walk in Arda. Meet heroic Men like Tuor and cursed men like his cousin Turin. See the Elven Kings and Princes in all their glory and all their shame!
Date published: 2007-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of Tolkien Lore This is by far the best book Tolkien has ever written. If you liked the Lord of the Rings then you will LOVE this book. It answers any and all questions lingering after reading LOTR or the Hobbit, provides an amazing history of Men, Dwarves, Elves, Wizards and Gods of Tolkien myth.
Date published: 2007-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A terrific read Ever wondered what happened before "The Lord Of The Rings" began? Here's your chance to find out exactly what happened when. This book tells the full story of the First Age of Middle-earth, from the very beginning to the very end. Read about the earliest days of the Elves, follow their quest to destroy Morgoth, and a whole lot more. Of course, not everyone loves history, even fantasy history. But this book is enthralling in a peculiar way. If you have a love for fantasy, this book just might keep you amused for days.
Date published: 2007-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Historical Treasure! This book was like one big book of the history of the first age of J.R.R. Tolkien's World. It gives a great deal of description and detail and the names and meanings are amazing. Although confusing at times, it is definately worth it to read it if you love this author's work!
Date published: 2006-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Qualifies As "Myth" This, though purely fictional and based in a land of Tolkien's imagination, is absolutely qualified for the title of "myth". The detail and sheer size and breadth of this volume approaches the storytelling one would expect in the Bible or some other ancient tome. Although confusing at times (everyone has two or more names), the number of outstanding moments is countless. Although thoroughly tragic, as wars and histories tend to be, in the end, it celebrates the glorious beauty of life, as well as the triumphant victory of Good over Evil. One will often recognize the characters in "The Silmarillion" as being chillingly like ourselves: accompanied by the words of wisdom, yet continuosly ignorant of them; going forward despite all obstacles; courage in the face of unconquerable fear; the stunning power of love. Although fictional in its basis, the Silmarillion is, at the end, a breathtaking portrayal of the human spirit, and truly worthy of the title of "myth".
Date published: 2006-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rocks Although this book can get a little(not oo much) confusing sometimes, it doesnt bother me. I can understand confusing stuff better than most people. The book rocks and if you enjoy this. You should read Unfinished Tales. Its less confusing thanthe silmarrillion. So even if you dont like it, Read unfinished tales. But still read this book. It helps a lot if you know what happened before.
Date published: 2006-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was amazing!!!!!! This was the only history book I think I have read that I have actually enjoyed...it was definately well written and well thought of. Tolkien was a pure genious!!!!!!!
Date published: 2005-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literary Ambrosia There are few literary works that can compare to the Silmarillion. It is in fact a history of middle earth, which Tolkien had been writing over the span of his entire life. It is full of depth and contains a richness that leans towards the biblical. The downfall of the men of westerness is both tragic and uplifting. They were tempted by ever lasting life and went to claim it by force, this mirrors the story of Eve’s temptation at the tree of knowledge. The serpent is beautifully represented by Sauron(able to take on a fair form and a sweet tongue). I do not think that there will ever be another author with the same dedication and damn good story telling then John Ronald Tolkien.
Date published: 2005-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freakishly Amazing I'm only 11, and read this book. It was freakin amazing! Just getting past the huge words, it was the best book you could read!!!!!!!!!! Too bad Tolkien died.
Date published: 2005-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very sad and darkly beautiful This book was absolutely amazing. I have read it many times over, and I think that it is very sad, especially the parts about Beren and Luthien, and Turin Turambar. At first, it was hard to keep track of all of the names, but I think that this book is just so well written that it's definitely worth it. The names and languages make everything more real. I suggest that you read this after Lord of the Rings, because it is very complex. But it is definitely the most interesting history book I have ever read.
Date published: 2004-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was completely amazing, sad but so well written. I loved it, and re-read it over and over. By far the best book I have ever read. If you like elves, this ones for you!
Date published: 2003-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uplifting and Refreshing This book is beautifully written and one of Tolkien's best pieces of work. If you are a fan, I strongly recommend this!
Date published: 2003-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from History of the Elves The Silmarillion is a story of the history the elves. It's truly a history book and Tolkien’s writing style in this book greatly differs from the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The book at times was quite overwhelming, as the list of characters and places was forever ending. The book should be read in conjunction with the accompany appendices. I only recommend this book for the “true” Lord of the Rings fan.
Date published: 2003-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fictional history the silmarillion is a great book, but what some people obviously don't remember is that it's a history book, even though the subject matter is fictional. it was written as a history and thats the way it reads. However, as far as history books go, this one is beautiful.
Date published: 2003-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Silmarillion The Silmarillion is a beautiful work of art written by Tolkien. The amount of thought and scrutiny he put in to his literature is remarkable and makes this an intensive read. The Silmarillion has almost a biblical feel and this is what makes it a timeless fundamental in the world of fantasy literature. I can understand how some people can be overwhelmed by this book it takes a lot of deep thought and complex comprehension to understand; especially with the large index of names, languages, maps and family trees. I recommend for anyone desiring to read this book to first read The Hobbit, then The Lord of The Rings, then The Silmarillion and then to read once again the Lord of The Rings; you will be surprised on how much you missed the first time round.
Date published: 2003-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blah Blah Blah This book is very poorly written.I almost fell to sleep! If you want a good snore read this!!!
Date published: 2003-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from confusing but a core of gold The book has a little too many characters, but on the other hand the elfish history requires many names and places to put readers in the world of Valinor and middle-earth. The story is excellent. (Beren and Luthien is especialy good.) Read it to complete your middle-earth imagination. After reading Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and this, middle-earth becomes ssssoooooo real.
Date published: 2002-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the silmarillion I have read the hobbit the lord of the rings and the silmarillion.I loved them.After reading the lord of the rings I didn't know if he could top it but the silmarillion was along with all of the others the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2002-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! this book.... its absulutley exellent! if you loved the lord of the rings your going think this one is GREAT! highly recemended!
Date published: 2002-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Books This wonderfully written book was the greatest thing I ever read once I read the Hobbit and all three of the Lord of the rings books I just wanted to read more and more I'm in grade five now and these books have inspired me so much while all the other kids were rreading Harry Potter I was reading these amazing books and I think that they would over rule Harry Potter any day.
Date published: 2001-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heavy 'The Silmarillion' is the first book I read by Tolkien. It seems that most people have read this after 'Lord of the Rings'...I can see why. I found myself flipping to the index of sorts in the back of the book to figure out who, what and where he was talking about. It made for a slow and sometimes confusing read. I would have been lost without the map and the index. The story was however, interesting and I'm sure I would have enjoyed it even more than I did if I had read it after 'Lord of the Rings'. I recommend this only to great fans of 'Lord of the Rings' or those who are very interested in starting to read Tolkien's stuff, simply because the book is not a breeze and might seem pointless to someone who isn't very interested. On to 'The Hobbit'...
Date published: 2001-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silmarillion Take a look back the first ages of middle earth and expierience the creator of the Silmarils. The three perfect jewels crafted by the powerful Noldor Elf Feanor. The Silmarils hold the last remaining light of Valinor. When the first Dark Loard Melkor steals the Silmarils for his own needs Feanor and his sons swear an unbreakable oath to retrieve the lost jewels. They wage war on the Dark Loard for many years to redeem their oath. A wonderful fantasy explaining the fisrst age of J.R.R Tolkiens middle earth.This book is a breath taking master piece.
Date published: 2001-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Silmarillion After reading Tolkien's three major works, "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion" (in that order), I can definitely say that my favourite is "The Silmarillion". It's a beautifully written tale of the first days of Middle-earth, it's creation, the awakening of the elves, the coming of men, heroic tales of Feanor, Turin and Beran.. and war against a great enemy. Rebellion and ruin, triumph and tragedy, battles and great voyages... Wonderful!
Date published: 1999-08-25

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Silmarillion A Format

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 464 pages, 7.25 × 4.63 × 1.18 in

Published: January 31, 1999

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0261102737

ISBN - 13: 9780261102736

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known forThe HobbitandThe Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81. His books have been translated into over 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

From Our Editors

The Lord of the Rings is literary myth built upon literary myth. Before Frodo and the company of dwarves make their classic journey in that trilogy, there’s a great many more stories to tell. The Silmarillion is the account of the Elder Days, an earlier age that sets the stage for the more popular books. For a better understanding of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world, read the many myths included in this great work.