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The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Jan 12, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 1996, own
Read in January, 1996

Now this is my favourite book by Tolkien. LOTR is incredible, but in my opinion, the war of the ring just doesn't hold up to the stories inside The Silmarillion. The heroes inside these pages are so much more mythic, audacious and awe-inspiring than those of the latter age. In the grand scheme of Tolkien's regime, this IS Middle Earth.
Basically, what LOTR did for me for reading in general, this book did the same for the fantasy genre. This is the book that really opened my eyes to not only the fantastic, but the development of history altogether. In the end, what my schooling years failed to do for so long, The Silmarillion did, producing that initial jolt to dive head first into every historical subject I could, and that is something I definitely need to commend Tolkien on. Bravo!
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James Vineyard I agree completely about the heroes in this book. As big of a bad a$$ as Aragorn is in the LOTR, there are some guys in here that would take him out in a blink of an eye. One I got past the creation stuff and the "stories" started flowing, I was glued.

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