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The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Apr 01, 2011

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Ah Middle Earth has never been so dusty!

This is J.R.R. Tolkien's attempt at writing an encyclopedia, I think. It has an awful lot to do with various elven nobles behaving badly. Presumably this is before they grew out of their "attracted to shiny objects" stage because the whole plot of this history seems to revolve around possessing some attractive jewels. Yes, yes, yes it's the embodiment of Manwe's song or whatever, a metaphor for all that is beautiful and perfect in creation, but it still amounts to a bunch of humorless immortals running around skewering each other so that they can hold the Magic Rock.

Props to Tolkien for taking his world-building so far that he actually wrote a mythology for his imaginary characters to believe in. That's attention to detail.

However, it's not exactly gripping stuff and can really only be recommended to people who want to study Tolkien and plumb the "deeper meanings" of his infinitely more popular "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

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