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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

The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings, it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's world, the ancient drama to which characters in The Lord of the RIngs look

Overview

The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings, it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's world, the ancient drama to which characters in The Lord of the RIngs look back and in which some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.

The title Silmarillion is shortened from Quenta Silmarillion, "The History of the Silmarils," the three great jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves, in which he imprisoned the light of the Two Trees that illumined Valinor, the land of the gods. When Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, destroyed the Trees, that light lived on only in the Silmarils; Morgoth seized them and set them in his crown, 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 people against the gods, their exile in Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all the heroisim of Elves and Men, against the great Enemy.

The book includes several other, shorter works beside The Silmarillion proper. Preceding it are "Ainulindale," the myth of Creation, and "Valaquenta," in which the nature and powers of each of the gods is set forth. After The Silmarillion is "Akallabeth," the story of the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the Second Age; completing the volume is "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age," in which the events of The Lord of the Rings are treated in the manner of The Silmarillion.

This new edition of The Silmarillion contains the revised and corrected "second edition" text and, by way of introduction, a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1951, which provides a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages. It also contains almost fifty full-color illustrations by the artist Ted Nasmith, many of which appear for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618391110
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/15/2004
Series:
History of Middle-Earth Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
40,568
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Preface to the Second Editionx
Ainulindale13
Valaquenta23
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
Akallabeth257
Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age283
Tables305
Genealogies
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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