The Silmarillion

Front Cover
HarperCollins, 1999 - Middle Earth (Imaginary place) - 365 pages
1476 Reviews
The Silmarilli were three perfect jewels, fashioned by FŽanor, 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, FŽanor 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'.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

The pace is quickest in the first half of the book. - LibraryThing
Interesting, but hard to read ;) - LibraryThing
I took their advice, and really enjoyed it. - LibraryThing
A very great book, but difficult to read. - LibraryThing

Review: The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)

User Review  - N - Goodreads

This is Tolkien's bible of Middle Earth. There's not much more to say. It tells the creation of the world and the forces which drove it, the beginnings of the elves, dwarves, and men, and the great ... Read full review

Review: The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)

User Review  - Lala - Goodreads

Quite a difficult book, but a must read and an enjoyable one too if you absolutely loved LotR and The Hobbit. Read full review

Other editions - View all

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 Gudrķn and The Fall of Arthur, which was edited by his son, Christopher. In 2013, his title, The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In) made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Bibliographic information