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“It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth, and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

Book: The Silmarillion
Author: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, published by Christopher Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Publisher: Guild Publishing London
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 414

Overview:  The Silmarillion is a collection of mythopoeic stories by Tolkien, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher Tolkien in 1977 with assistance from Guy Gavriel Kay. The Silmarillion, along with many of J. R. R. Tolkien’s other works, forms an extensive though the incomplete narrative of Eä, a fictional universe that includes the Blessed Realm of Valinor, the once-great region of Beleriand, the sunken island of Númenor, and the continent of Middle-earth, where Tolkien’s most popular works—The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings—take place. After the success of The Hobbit, Tolkien’s publisher Stanley Unwin requested a sequel, and Tolkien offered a draft of the stories that would later become The Silmarillion. Unwin rejected this proposal, calling the draft obscure and “too Celtic,” so Tolkien began working on a completely new story, which would eventually become The Lord of the Rings.
The Silmarillion published four years after the death of its author is an account of the Elder Days or the First Age of the World. In The Lord of the Rings were narrated the great events at the end of the Third Age, but the tales of Silmarillion are legends deriving from a much deeper past when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord dwelt in Middle Earth and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of Silmarils.

On my father’s death, it fell to me to try to bring the work into publishable form. It became clear to me that to attempt to present withing the covers of a single book, the diversity of the materials- to show The Silmarillion as in truth a continuing and evolving creation extending over more than half a century- would in fact lead only to confusion and the submerging of what is essential. I set myself, therefore, to work out a single text selecting and arranging in such a way as seemed to me to produce the most coherent and internally self-conscious narrative.
– Christopher Tolkien

The book though entitled as it must be The Silmarillion contains not only the Quenta Silmarillion or Silmarillion proper but also the four other short works. The Ainulindale and Valaquenta which are given at the beginning are indeed closely associated with The Silmarillion but the Akallabeth and Of the Rings of Power which appear at the end are wholly separate and independent. They are included according to my (Christopher Tolkien) father’s explicit intention and by their inclusion, the entire history is set forth from the Music of Ainur in which the world began to the passing of the Ringbearers from the Havens of Mithlond at the end of The Third Age.

The number of names that occur in the book is very large and Christopher Tolkien has provided a full list but the number of persons who play an important part in the narrative of the First Age is very much smaller and all of these will be found in the genealogical tables. In addition, he has provided a table setting out the rather complex naming of the different elvish people; a note on the pronunciation of Elvish names and a list of some of the chief elements found in these names and map.

Review: I found a lovely book store lately, during my occasional visits to the capital of the country, there is this amazing corner where you can find one of the best spines by Guild Publishing London, amazingly these editions aren’t available on amazon too so yeah I’m lucky, I’m gonna be visiting that place again whenever I’m having one of the most vicious things on Earth- money. Amongst Northanger Abbey, Oliver Twist, and few other books I found this collectable, indeed it is pretty difficult to be read and furthermore interpreted maybe because it is not a novel but an account of a world which doesn’t exist. According to a meme, you get credit for even trying to read the Silmarillion so yeah I’m not a loser, I always feel that Tolkien was an extraordinary author and maybe once I’m officially studying literature in a university, I’ll be able to interpret the history of Middle Earth more efficiently, though still, 20 pages of Third Age were quite easy, as all they had were the summary of Lord of Rings. If you ever find this book somewhere for an inexpensive price then do go for it, cause its a collectable for English majors and extensive readers.

 

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