This is a book with many layers. It begins as a metaphysical philosophy and then marches into what many consider simply a dry historical treatise.
I mu...moreThis is a book with many layers. It begins as a metaphysical philosophy and then marches into what many consider simply a dry historical treatise.
I must confess, I didn't finish it the first time I tried to read it. But when I picked it up again a year or two later, it was amazing. I found it to be a wonderful combination of theological poetry, matchless epic, and Greek tragedy.
It is the story of the relationship between created and Creator; of elvish inhumanity to fellow elf; of oaths spoken, broken and upholden; of choices and sacrifices of identity, and perhaps most memorable of all of love that is both glorious and doomed.
The Silmarillion is not a novel, but it is a story. A story composed of a host of characters and plots, more akin to a Homeric myth than to a contained literary format. Some may find it uncomfortable and unsatisfying because it is like nothing else they have ever read. But some will enjoy and love it precisely because it is unique and unlike anything else they ever read.
So do I recommend it?
Stay away from the Silmarillion. Find amusement elsewhere. This book will only leave you haunted with unforgettable images of faith, betrayal, hope, doom, sacrifice, sin, love, battle and dark things under the earth.(less)