January 31, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0261102737
ISBN - 13: 9780261102736
From the Publisher
Designed to take fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings deeper into the myths and legends of Middle-earthThe Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part. The tales of The Silmarillion are 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 in The 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 is best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 60 languages worldwide. He died in 1973 at the age of 81.Christopher Tolkien is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by J.R.R. Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the publication of his father's unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth.
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.
'How, given little over half a century of work, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?' The Guardian'Demanding to be compared with English mythologies. at times rises to the greatness of true myth.' Financial Times'A creation of singular beauty. magnificent.' Washington Post'A grim, tragic, brooding and beautiful book, shot through with heroism and hope. its power is almost that of mysticism.' Toronto Globe & Mail