The Silmarillion / Edition 2

The Silmarillion / Edition 2

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by J. R. R. Tolkien, Ted Nasmith
     
 

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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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:
43,747
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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