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The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)

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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 Fëanor, most gifted of the Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the T
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Hardcover, First American Edition, 365 pages
Published July 6th 1977 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 1977)
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Preda I think you should read them like Hobbit -> LOTR -> Silm -> Children of Hurin -> UT and HOME. It isn't the "chronological order" but it…moreI think you should read them like Hobbit -> LOTR -> Silm -> Children of Hurin -> UT and HOME. It isn't the "chronological order" but it eases you into the world in the best way. Reading Silmarillion or Chilren first and then Hobbit sort of feels weird since those are some very grim books while Hobbit is more relaxed(less)
Ricardo if you want to follow the chronology of Middle Earth, you need to start with the Silmarillion, then the Hobbit and the LOTR, those are the main books.…moreif you want to follow the chronology of Middle Earth, you need to start with the Silmarillion, then the Hobbit and the LOTR, those are the main books. Don't forget the appendix to LOTR (not the appendix included in the return of the king, but a separate book.

Unfinished tales and the Children of Hurin are more like companions, they add other versions of some of the stories, more details or even new stories, so I would read them at the end(less)

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Manybooks
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious fans of Middle Earth
I had tried to read this book multiple times in the past and had basically given up, but I finally realised that I was attempting to read it the wrong way; I was trying to read The Silmarillion like I have read and reread LOTR, as a story, an epic story of course, but still a story. Now, while The Silmarillion is of course partially a story, it is (at least for me) first and foremost a religious type document, a biblical, mythological account of the Elder Days of Middle Earth. So this time, I re ...more
The Crimson Fucker
Ever since I joined GR I’ve been putting off the writing of this book’s review… but since I’m high as fuck on cold medicine I feel like I can do it so here suffer thru it!:


Along long time ago a little 3rd world kid with an afro became fascinated of what he read on the internet about some British writer named Tolkien… he wanted his books… it became his obsession… so he embarked on a quest to find his books and read the shit out of them… but alas! The book was no where to be found on his dumb litt
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Bookdragon Sean
Writing a review of the Silmarillion is like trying to review the Bible. Where do you even start? There’s just so much story in here. Any attempt to convey it in a review would be to do the book a massive disservice. There would only ever be enough space to talk about one or a few elements of the work.

So instead I thought I’d give my reasoning as to why every Tolkien enthusiast needs to read this in order to fully understand Tolkien: the sheer depth of the work.

“It is said by the Eldar that in
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silmarillion is a collection of mythopoeic works by English writer J. R. R. Tolkien, edited and published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien, in 1977, with assistance from Guy Gavriel Kay. The Silmarillion, along with J. R. R. Tolkien's other works, forms an extensive, though incomplete, narrative that describes the universe of Eä in which are found the lands of Valinor, Beleriand, Númenor, and Middle-earth, within which The Hobbit and The Lord of t
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Ana
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, tolkien, fantasy
The Silmarillion is a must read for any Tolkien fan. It's filled with legendary characters, great history and amazing places.

Also- Beren and Lúthien. *stares dreamily into space*

www_luthien
Markus
Buddy re-read with Shii!

I’ve been contemplating whether or not to tackle the challenge of actually reviewing this masterpiece for quite some time now. In the end, after having finished reading it for the second time, I realised that I should at least throw out my thoughts on it. So here we go…

This is in my eyes the most impressive book ever written.

Notice how I did not say “best”. That was completely intentional. I do not believe it is the best book ever written, even though I know others think
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Manny
How To Build A Truly Convincing Fantasy World

1. It's all about the language. Make sure your world's language is convincing, and you're pretty much there. Conversely, if your language sucks then everything else will.

2. Your book can't include more than a few sentences in your invented language without losing your audience. But it can include plenty of names. So what people will really judge you on is the quality of the names.

The rest of this review is available elsewhere (the location cannot be g
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Charlotte May
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
"Oh woe-begotten spirit, fall now into dark oblivion, and forget for a while the dreadful doom of life."

I must admit. I struggled.

Though I love the Lord of the Rings and the Middle Earth Universe with all of my heart, tackling a large part of its history in this manner was tough going.
The world Tolkien created is absolutely extraordinary, without a doubt. Unfortunately The Silmarillion is written as a long history or mythology of biblical proportions. Name after name, battle after battle, son
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Szplug
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sauron was become now a sorceror of dreadful power, master of shadows and of phantoms, foul in wisdom, cruel in strength, misshaping what he touched, twisting what he ruled, lord of werewolves; his dominion was torment.
Ah, Sauron, Maia of Aulë—beyond doubt the singularly most enthralling antagonist whom I encountered as a young reader, possessing all of the malevolence and dark charisma and naked power of Satan, but unhobbled by the multi-aspectual morphology of Christian theology and popular
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Forrest
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Though I had many near-misses with The Silmarillion throughout the years (having been introduced to Tolkien's universe by discovering The Hobbit in my school's library in 5th grade), I finally slogged my way through it during the summer after my sophomore year of college. The first two years of my undergraduate degree were rather gruelling, and I wanted, more than anything else at that time, to just read a bunch of books I wasn't required to read. After making my way through The Complete Sherloc ...more
James Trevino
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-goodies
Time for James’s unpopular opinion: I liked this better than The Lord of the Rings!

Before saying I am crazy, hear me out (actually, if you have nothing better to do, then read this review; if you have, then I gave this 5 stars, so you know my opinion anyway! See, you can’t say I don’t care for your time!).

Silmarillion tells the tale of the making of the world by Eru, the God of Middle-Earth and all that followed through the first two ages of creation, up until the events described in The Hobbit
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Anne
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The whole day, I have been trying to find the best words to use in this review, but how can you find the right words to describe perfection? This book was just a delight to read, from start to finish. The fact that a single man was able to create a fictional world with so much detail absolutely blows my mind. You can feel the love Tolkien had for Middle-earth in every word he writes. The way everything comes together makes it hard to believe that all of this is truly just fictional. There is so ...more
Duane
The Silmarillion is difficult to read and I don't think it is even meant to be read straight through like a novel. Another reviewer put it best when he said "The Silmarillion is like the Bible, it's the Bible of Middle Earth". It's the magical setting of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and it tells the history of the place, the inhabitants, the languages, and the legends that came before Bilbo and Frodo. For you Ring fanatics, you haven't finished the story until you've read the history.
Shii
Buddy-read with Markus!

Is this book really that hard to read?
No, if you take it the right way. This books was not written to make readers like an specific plot twist or character. No! This book is solely the recompilation of various tales that happened in the world where The Lord of the Rings was settled in, from the beautifully written Ainülindale and the creation of Eä, to the end of the Third Age and the Fading Years.
That being said, you'll understand that it's not odd at all to find chapters
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Francis
May 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first fantasy book I ever read and still my all-time favorite. That said, it's not for everybody. It's been compared to the Old Testament, and that's still the best analogy; if you think that Moses leading his people out of Egypt is the stuff of grand drama, then this is the book for you, Tolkien fan or not. If you don't, then you probably ought to give The Silmarillion a pass, no matter how much you liked Tolkien's other work. This is not Lord of the Rings Plus; it's quite literally the Old ...more
Jonathan Terrington

In my humble opinion, The Silmarillion is the greatest work Tolkien almost finished. It is by far more difficult to read than The Lord of the Rings (which I already expressed my love for earlier in the year after completing my re-read) or The Hobbit but its greatness is found in the way it mixes together epic fantasy, mythology and linguistics to create a grand tale of creation and destruction.

Part of what I love so much about Tolkien's entire Middle Earth story is that there is a cycle as to ho
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Kyriakos Sorokkou
Ο συνδετικός κρίκος αυτού του βιβλίου με το προηγούμενο είναι τα ονόματα. Πολλά, πάρα πολλά ονόματα και με διάφορες παραλλαγές, αλλά τουλάχιστον εδώ υπήρχε ευρετήριο και δεν τα βρήκα βουνό.

Αυτό το βιβλίο ήταν συνανάγνωση με μια πολύ καλή φίλη Τολκινικιά επίσης, την Geo Kwnstantinou
Το διαβάσαμε κι οι δύο για 2η φορά μετα από τουλάχιστον 7-8 χρόνια.

Με εξαίρεση τα γνωστά εδάφια, (διότι για μένα είναι σαν βίβλος) Αινουλιντάλη, Τα παιδιά του Χούριν, και Τα Δακτυλίδια της Δύναμης, το υπόλοιπο βιβλίο ή
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Ana Tijanić
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ne znam iz kog razloga do sada nisam čitala Tolkina...
Kako god, moja prva knjiga ovog pisca, svakako ne i poslednja.

Na početku beše konfuzija...
Mali milion imena božanstava (duhova) i vilenjaka na jednom mestu.
Bilo je ono: " Ko beše ovaj? ", "Da li je to Valar, Majar ili vilenjak?",
"Dobro bre, jesi li ti debil pa ne možes da zapamtiš likove, kako uopšte misliš da nastaviš sa
knjigom?"

Uhhhh.... :D

Međutim, kako knjiga odmiče, sve se vraća na svoje mesto zbog toga što se imena likova
i opisi istih
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daisy
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love messy elf drama.
Super excited to kick off my Tolkien re-reads with this one!


I think I actually enjoyed this more the second time around! It can be, admittedly, a little bit dry at times and I definitely enjoy certain chapters/stories more than others, but... I adore the world, so it's always a fairly enjoyable read tbh. I picked up on things that I missed the last time I read it - it's just a little bit lore heavy, so that's understandable. Also just about everyone has at least 2-3 name
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Jelena
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me, “The Silmarillion” is the crown jewel of Tolkien’s work – the silmaril, if you will.

I knew the basic themes long before I started the book, and after “The Lord of the Rings” I also knew that “The Silmarillion” would be what I had been waiting for. The concept was not only radically new in its time, but is still unique in any given time-frame: a made-up cosmogony and mythology (well, it always is) of a made-up world, inhabited of made-up peoples, made-up history, made-up languages etc. Ev
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7jane
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reread. I read this the first time in April 1992, during my second trip to London (I've been there many times since, and do want to go again).

NOTE: This book is the prequel to the Hobbit-LOTR books, and if you haven't yet read those two, the ending of this book has spoilers for both.

The book (first parts being written down in 1917) is divided in five parts; the first two books deal with creation and prehistory, then comes the main part which deals with the quest to get the Silmarils, plus var
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Peter Meredith
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning, this book is for Tolkien junkies only. It is not for casual readers of Tolkien... not--the Hobbit was kinda fun, wasn't Bilbo cute--sort of readers. In fact I believe it might be prerequisite that in order to enjoy The Silmarillion, one must have read The Lord of the Rings a minimum of three times. I am one such dedicated dweeb so I love it.
Elf
Jul 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was probably not the way to be introduced to the LotR world. I'd never seen any of the animated movies. The new movies hadn't come out yet. I'd never even picked up any of the books. Then this book was assigned as part of the course I was taking.

The prolgue about the creation of the world was beautiful and amazing. And it fooled me into think the rest of the book would be just as good.

Parts of it read like the Bible. "And so-and-so begot so-and-so. And so-and-so..."

The rest of it was
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sj
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's not really a review, more of an extra long recap (way spoiler heavy) links to each post are here.
Heavy Spoilers below.

Look.  Here's the deal with The Silmarillion.

If you're not a huge Tolkien nerd, you're probably going to throw your hands up in disgust, swearing and tearing your hair out after the first two pages.
Even if you are a huge Tolkien nerd, if you generally skip past the songs in LotR and the Hobbit or can't handle creation myths - you will probably end up like the people in th
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Jennifer (Jen/The Tolkien Gal)
Buddy read with the lovely daisy

Yay! Another Middle Earth buddy read

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daisy
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read number 3, anyone? 😂

Enjoyed this re-read just as much as the last one. I love re-reading books like this one because there are always gonna be little tidbits you pick up on more after a second (or third lmao) read.

Something I only just noticed about this secondhand edition I picked up a few months ago: there's a gorgeous, giant map hidden away at the back. Definitely need to get this framed.

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Scarlet Cameo
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-16
"En el principio Eru, que en la lengua élfica es llamado Ilúvatar, hizo a los Ainur de su pensamiento; y ellos hicieron una Gran Música delante de él. En esta música empezó el mundo

Continuándo con la aventura de leer completo el Legendarium de Tolkien llega "El Simarillion", la clase de libro sobre el que no tengo idea de como hablar ¿Cómo juzgas la obra de una vida? ¿Cómo hablas de la manera que tiene Tolkien de explotar y dar tantos matices a su tema recurrente (a.k.a. la obsesión)? ¿De que
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Gypsy
واو بالآخره تموم شد! واقعاً توصیه میکنم هیچوخ تو امتحاناتون کتابای قطور و سنگین نخونین! هم عذاب وجدان ِ امتحان هس، هم اینکتاب ِ طفل ِ معصوم.

خب از قبل هم میدونستم با چیز پیچیدهای طرفم. و بهخصوص که یهبار سوم راهنمایی شروعش کردم و بعد پونزده تا بیسصفحه بهفوبیای تالکین و الخصوص سیلماریلیون دچار شدم، گذاشتمش کنار تــــــــــــــا حالا که بهخاطر توصیه و علاقه یکی از دوستام رفتم سراغش. الحق خیلی عظیمه؛ ینی بخش آخرش که در مورد حلقههای قدرت و ایناس، شما نیگا کنین چطوری شده حاصل ِ ارباب ِ حلقهها؛ در حالیک
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Kristalia
Final rating: 6/5 stars

So, i finally finished Silmarillion. I thought it would take me longer than 5 days, but i have never been so wrong. What had driven me to read this was the movie adaptation of Hobbit, and since i have never read anything of Tolkien before, i decided to do it now :D. I am glad i did, because this book is epic - really epic and amazing.

The history of Middle Earth was full of tragic stories and tragic families, and especially tragic love stories. Most of them ended tragicall
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Ebster Davis
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My little sister just started reading this and was telling me about it. I was surprised with how much I remembered from this book!

We talked about the characters at the beginning of the book: the Valar and Maiar, what each one's personality is like. I still remember Feanor was my favorite elf (even though most people don't like him). And the first (heartbreaking!) friendship between an elf and a human and how awesome Tinuviel was!

Tolkien didn't just write stories, he created legends. It may be l
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan
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“It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.” 230 likes
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