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The Silmarillion

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

34 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

It's the Bible of Middle Earth and the Iliad of Modern Fantasy

What can you say about a book that literally creates an entire world starting with God and the Void, the creation of the angels, the dawn of life and ending thousands of years later after covering the foundation stories for nearly all Anglo-German myths? You'd have to s...
What can you say about a book that literally creates an entire world starting with God and the Void, the creation of the angels, the dawn of life and ending thousands of years later after covering the foundation stories for nearly all Anglo-German myths? You'd have to say it was the work of the world's premiere literary genius. Then when you read it, you'd find that the language matches the material the way harmony complements melody. This is simply one of the most amazing and beautiful books in English literature. The stories and the poetry will stay with you forever. Its sweep is so enormous, it makes Tolkien's own "Lord of the Rings" seem like a campfire story. If you love fantasy, you must read it.

posted by Major_Kelly on October 28, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Long and boring.

This book is very hard to get into. It might be better is it is actually read, but to listen to it...very confusing and boring. I didn't even finish it. I love his other books, but this one...too much. It was more like a history book or a documentary.

posted by Anonymous on November 29, 2003

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