The Silmarillion

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 1999 - Middle Earth (Imaginary place) - 365 pages
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The Silmarilli were three perfect jewels, fashioned by F╬anor, most gifted of the Elves, and within them was imprisoned the Last of the Two Trees of Valinor. When the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, stole the jewels and set them within an iron crown in the impenetrable fortress of Angband, F╬anor and his kindred took up arms against the great Enemy and waged a long and terrible war to recover them. 'The Silmarillion' tells the story of the rebellion by Feanor's allies against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth. It is the history of the heroic First Age in Tolkien's world, the ancient drama long before the time of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings'.

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I love The Lord of the rings and I decided to read this book at someone's suggestion about 10 yrs ago and it was an instant favorite. The shear magnitude of imagination and development of peoples ... Read full review

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So far this has been both interesting and deep but it reads more like a history book and so the level of detail and action is only alluded too. Currently i am trying to listen to it on cd which makes ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

A writer of fantasies, Tolkien, a professor of language and literature at Oxford University, was always intrigued by early English and the imaginative use of language. In his greatest story, the trilogy The Lord of the Rings (1954--56), Tolkien invented a language with vocabulary, grammar, syntax, even poetry of its own. Though readers have created various possible allegorical interpretations, Tolkien has said: "It is not about anything but itself. (Certainly it has no allegorical intentions, general, particular or topical, moral, religious or political.)" In The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (1962), Tolkien tells the story of the "master of wood, water, and hill," a jolly teller of tales and singer of songs, one of the multitude of characters in his romance, saga, epic, or fairy tales about his country of the Hobbits. Tolkien was also a formidable medieval scholar, as evidenced by his work, Beowulf: The Monster and the Critics (1936) and his edition of Anciene Wisse: English Text of the Anciene Riwle. Among his works published posthumously, are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudr˙n and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher.

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