The Silmarillion / Edition 2

The Silmarillion / Edition 2

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by J. R. R. Tolkien, Ted Nasmith

ISBN-10: 0618391118

ISBN-13: 9780618391110

Pub. Date: 11/15/2004

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, The Silmarillion is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before The Hobbit.

Tolkien considered The Silmarillion his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends

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A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, The Silmarillion is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before The Hobbit.

Tolkien considered The Silmarillion his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other writing. The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age, this 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 three Silmarils were jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the Trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord. Thereafter, the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in the Silmarils, but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown, which was guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth. The Silmarillion is the history of the rebellion of Feanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy.

This second edition features a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien describing his intentions for the book, which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the carlier Ages of Middle-earth.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
History of Middle-Earth Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
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Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)
1150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionx
Quenta Silmarillion
IOf the Beginning of Days35
IIOf Aule and Yavanna43
IIIOf the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor47
IVOf Thingol and Melian55
VOf Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalie57
VIOf Feanor and the Unchaining of Melkor63
VIIOf the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor67
VIIIOf the Darkening of Valinor73
IXOf the Flight of the Noldor78
XOf the Sindar91
XIOf the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor98
XIIOf Men103
XIIIOf the Return of the Noldor106
XIVOf Beleriand and its Realms118
XVOf the Noldor in Beleriand125
XVIOf Maeglin131
XVIIOf the Coming of Men into the West140
XVIIIOf the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin150
XIXOf Beren and Luthien162
XXOf the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad188
XXIOf Turin Turambar198
XXIIOf the Ruin of Doriath227
XXIIIOf Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin238
XXIVOf the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath246
Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age283
IThe House of Finwe
IIThe Descendants of Olwe and Elwe
IIIThe House of Beor
IV and VThe House of Hador and The People of Haleth
The Sundering of the Elves
Note on Pronunciation310
Index of Names313
AppendixElements in Quenya and Sindarin names355
Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North366

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The Silmarillion 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 490 reviews.
Major_Kelly More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More than just back-story for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion stands on its own, with many fantastic and, yes, tragic, stories from the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien. This has been a favorite of mine for many years, and I recently downloaded the Nook version. My biggest disappointment with this version is the omission of the map. It seems to me that the ebook format has much more potential for hyperlinking than what is currently offered. For example, when a geographical reference is made in the text, hyperlink it to the map!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finally finished this book, after picking it up and putting it down a couple times. Thats the trick, if you can make it through the first 50-80 pages then you will really like the book after finishing it. Those first few chapters are a little hard to read because of all the different names and places etc. But the majority of the book is easy to read and very informative into the background of the LOTR world, before the 3rd Age. It is basically a history of the world Tolkein created for the LOTR series. But there is some action in it, with some great stories of characters more amazing than those of LOTR. It really helped me understand the movies. I plan on reading The Hobbit and then the LOTR series. I recomend this book to anyone who appreciates and enjoys the amazing imagination of JRR Tolkein.
Breezer324 More than 1 year ago
No lies saying this is the Bible of Middle-Earth. If you are a Tolkien fan, than this book is definitely for you. The first page had me extremely intrigued about the beginning of Tolkien's brilliant world. It tells of many stories, beginnings, and ends that are captivating for fantasy-loving readers. It is one of my favorite books and I recommend it to anyone interested in adventure and knowledge of Middle-Earth.
LoganGB345 More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Rings fans will fall in love with the Silmarillion. This book takes the reader back to the beginning of time, before Middle Earth as we know it, and gives a whole new depth to the original Lord of the Rings story. There are a lot of new characters as well as new parts of Middle Earth to remember, but the tales will keep you engrossed. I can't say enough about this book! This isn't just for Tolkien fans either, all fantasy fans will love this book. I CAN guarantee this will become a favorite part of your library collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is highly interesting for major Tolkien fans, such as myself. I would definitely recommend it if you noticed the reference's to a past history in The Lord of the Rings. But if you are a casual reader who is looking for another book like The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit then this book is not for you. I began reading this book a long time ago, but had to put it down. I had only read the Lord of the rings once, and was not that interested in the history. But a few months later after I had reread the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit I picked the book up again and read it. Some of the reviewers here have called this a fantastic novel, it is not. Fantastic it is but I cannot call it a 'novel' as a novel imply s a singular plot with character development. This book does not have almost an character development. To some it may even seem boring. Some the story reads much like a history book, but a oddly interesting and majestic history book at that! If you have read the History of Middle-Earth and haven't had a chance to read this book, buy it. Now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By Lifthrasir; Bookmaster I am an extreme fan of Tolkien, so im going to be a little biast. But, turn away my biast, and youll see that even though its thick, it is truly awesome. Here, we see more allegory: God, cration of angels, heaven, and the earth; also, the rebellion of Satan and his angels. But, even if you arent a religious person like I am; if you love the classics (by classics, i mean Homers Iliad and Odyssey) and if you love fantasy and if you love Tolkien, this book is for you. Buy it. Its a great book.
The_Beastlord_Slavedragon More than 1 year ago
"And they lie ye that say that we of our part do not honour the valor of foes". Having accomplished the errand of his master Glaurung went about laying waste and denying the Orcs their plunder. I was going to say something profound but in the face of this work I am reduced to mere plagirism. Nothing further.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Silmarillion, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, is an excellent novel. The book makes the world of The Lord of the Rings so much more life-like when it accounts the history of Middle-Earth, or Arda, and when you realize that many figures in that history are mentioned in other books that take place in the world of Arda. I love how it explains how Sauron came to be and how it mentions elven characters from The Lord of the Rings, which truly makes them feel ageless. In addition, Tolkien put two appendixes in the back of the book. One of them features names and events in the book, and offers page numbers for reference and gives translation of any foreign names. The second appendix has elvish words and parts of names with their translation, possibly so you can go through the book and translate names yourself, or even make your own elvish names. Any true Tolkien fan should own this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished this book yet, but what I've read has been fabulous. It's a fun challenge, like I said before. If you're looking for an easy-to-read Elvish love story, then just rent it from the library and read the chapter on Luthien and Beren. But if you're serious about understanding the details of Tolkien's imaginary world and love detail - like me, then you'll love this. It has been so much fun and now the hinted-at ancient tales in Lord of the Rings are finally making sense - which is so exciting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a LOTR fan, I highly suggest this book. It can get confusing though so I would suggest a physical book over the nook book so that it is easier to flip back to the index and family trees because it is needed!
rebekahd85 More than 1 year ago
The Silmarillion is an amazing story, though not for the literary lightweight. But this particular edition is beautiful. It reads well, with large print and fabulous illustrations. It fits with the large, illustrated trilogy and Hobbit editions and they make a lovely set. If you like collected beautiful books, then this is a great one to add to your collection.
DaughterofTheKingOR More than 1 year ago
You CAN enjoy Tolkien's later writings without this, but with it you will have a much better understanding of everything that was to come after it. Even though it wasn't published until long after the big hits (The Hobbit, and The Lord of The Rings), it is the "Genesis" of it all! Tolkien's son Christopher has compiled and edited a bulk of JRR's old writings to give us a window into the past. This book has tied up all the loose ends in my mind and given me a much fuller perspective on the later writings.
Cherlin1 More than 1 year ago
I am re-reading the series and wanted to read this first. This reads nothing like his books. It's like notes expanded. Good stories, but almost dry. Still worthwhile, perhaps reading it more times will help. Unfortunately the maps and charts that would have help the read, were found at the end of the book. Checking those out as you read might help clarify all the names/places, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so wonderfully written and the struggles in the book are so wonderfully thought out and portrayed. This is probably my favorite fiction book of all time, I recently just read it a second time and I think I loved it more than the first. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You see, I made the mistake of not reading this before I read Hobbit and the LOTR. So when I read those, I got a bit confused. Anyway, some of the stories are really cool, like Beren and Luthien, and some are really sad(and a bit gross),like Turin Turambar and Niniel. the part that I was most familiar with was of the account of the events with Isildur and the beginning of the third age. Anyway, a great thing to read if you want to get into Tolkien and LOTR.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work covers the first age of middle earth. If you have read the triology but have not read this you are missing out. It is a prequel covering the background back to the first age which covers the rings history; and how we got to the great confilicts of the third age. The trilogy of the Lord of the Rings covers the third age of middle earth only. This work fills it all in a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For fans of LOTR, this is an essential collection. I say 'collection' for that is what it is. Be forewarned, this is not a singular narrative, like The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. It is a collection of tales from earlier times, a quintessential back-story to the Hobbit / Lord of the Rings. Not even finished in Tolkien's lifetime, it was compiled and edited by his son. But don't let that put you off; if you appreciate the depth of the other works, you will love this. It spans the beginning of time up to the 3rd age laid out in Hobbit & LOTR, all laid out in epic proportions, in varying styles, some vague & remote, some immediate and passionate. Highlights include the two other unions of elves and men, (adding poignancy to the story of Aragorn & Arwen), the rise of Sauron from the servant of Morgoth (first Dark Lord), and the coming of the Istari (wizards). These are just a few of the tales that entertain on their own merits and illuminate the many references in the 3rd age works. Perhaps not for everyone, yet this almost Biblical style tome will surely please any serious Tolkien or fantasy fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tolkien considered this book his best work, and after I read it, I could see why. The book starts off with Illuvitar who created Middle Earth. The Valar are his angels, and one angel who is named Melkor or his more common name Morgoth. The Silmarillion is about how Morgoth takes over Middle Earth and tells how the elves and men fight back. It gives you a very good perspective on Middle Earth. If you are a Tolkien fan, I highly reccommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nerds unite! No, seriously though As a fan of all genres I must say that this book is a fantasy like none before or since! Dune, anything by L Ron Hubbard, and even the Star Wars saga (yeah I said it) all wish they reached this level of imagination, vivid and complete detail, and beautiful prose--with a dash of poetry--but none come close *Amen*
ElessarTelcontar More than 1 year ago
Tolkien considered the Silmarillion to be his finest work, and it does not disappoint. A must read for any LotR fan as it expands the world of Middle Earth while containing great stories of its own. In many ways this work has even more depth and grandness than LotR, and more spiritual/Christian parallels. Despite this, though, and contrary to many reviews, this is still an easily accessible book, with characters and stories easily ralatable to and highly engaging. Tolkien has created a fantasy world that has no parallel in any literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Fiancé and I met when I sat down next to her before a class. She was writing in Tengwar. We bonded over Tolkien, and today, though we're at long distance, we keep close by reading each other this book over the phone every night. The wordcraft is absolutely beautiful, and the stories are interesting and meaningful. Tolkien (a very devout catholic) would be very angry to hear me say this, but I prefer it many times over against the Bible as a source of meaning and of meditative thoughts about life and history. Sorry, Tolkien, but a book exists independent of its author once it's complete! If you haven't read this book, do pick it up. If you've tried and failed, get a friend or loved one to read it with you, aloud. Make a habit of it, and you'll both look forward to reading together. It really is worth the effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very hard read, but worth it, for a Tolkein fan. I'm 13, but I was able to read it, albeit with some difficulty. It's impossible to keep track of all the names and places, especially when each has 3 or 4 different names for the different languages and nations. I'm definitely going to be rereading it a few times, (though maybe not immediately). I have not even half way grasped the concepts, characters, plots, and places Tolkien has created in this book. Although not half as exciting as The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, it gives those books more depth and history to look into. This is not the book to read if you want an exciting plot, or good, well developed characters, this book has too long of a timespan to get into character development. But for those who want to learn more about Tolkiens world of Middle-Earth, in addition to the worlds of Aman and Numenor, this is the book. Excellent!!
Imaqtpie More than 1 year ago
The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien should be considered a history book. Tolkien’s development of ten-thousand years of made-up history leaves the majority of people unwilling to finish the book and most likely confused and with a headache. Tolkien narrates the majority of the book, only having a couple of scenes with dialog. The story also shifts points of view several times, discussing individually the large magnitudes of characters that were in the book. This book was not intended to be a light read, and many people are discouraged from reading it when they see the size of the book and the level of difficulty. Tolkien makes several biblical allusions in the Silmarillion in order to help develop the story and the world of Middle-Earth. He establishes the creator of elves and men within the first book, and begins to tell the tale of the Silmarils in the Quenta Silmarillion. His use of diverse characters helps to add a three-dimensional approach to the book. Tolkien also describes the characters when introducing them, which helps add diversity to the image that he’s portraying, but can also confuse the reader.  Tolkien also used an immense amount of imagery to describe his world and the events that occurred. This worked very effectively, but also caused for some confusion in those who couldn’t understand the colloquial language that he used. There were moments when the phrasing of sentences were difficult to comprehend, and that took away from the pure genius of the book. Overall, the Silmarillion is an essential read for any Lord of the Rings fan. It is very well-written and develops the made-up history of a made-up world to perfection. Not recommended for the average person however. ~Note: I was forced to write this for an English Project. Don't downvote or upvote plox~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Think of it this way. LOTR is a flag flying at half mast with a breeze. But now, the Silmarillion comes along flying with a full gale blowing and shes at full mast. That is the difference. This book is history, but Tolkien never makes it boring. It is the richest boldest sadest lovliest and the most epic powerful writing that you could ever find. Like a needle in a haystack this type of writing is very hard to find. Really this is the essence of Tolkiens heart of writing. If what i have said does not persuade you to atleast borrow this book then I aint sure what would! Yeah you have known Sauron but you have yet to read about his former master and the greater evil