At one point, I wanted to know more about the world J. R. R. Tolkien created, so I began reading
Let me start by saying that it took a long while to finish this book. Several months, not because the book is not good enough, but it offered too many stories. Stories that involved too many characters and names, all interacting with one another.
The Silmarillion starts with the creation of the world that precedes the stories Tolkien wrote, including those left in his notes, and then ends with the events in his most famous trilogy.
Tolkien’s imagination was vast. He did not leave a stone unturned. I was not bored for a minute. I was introduced to many amazing stories that I am not sure I would have read otherwise. Reading The Silmarillion took so long to read simply because of all the connections and details. The legend behind the people and places in Middle Earth created a whole new set of worlds, each dependent on, or warring with, the other, History, language, names, traits, legends and even a story with quests and an ultimate prize all hide within the cover here, and while the read is complex and occasionally confusing and required many breaks, it feels as if I now understand the mind of Tolkien better, and maybe even understand a bit more of the background needed to fully appreciate his most famous trilogy.
While I enjoyed The Silmarillion very much, I don’t think this is a title that I will rush to read again.
“and suddenly she began to sing. Keen, heart-piercing was her song as the song of the lark that rises from the gates of night and pours its voice among the dying stars, seeing the sun behind the walls of the world”
Title: The Silmarillion
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy / Alternate Universe, Magic
Narrator: Martin Shaw
Published by: Harper Collins
Published on: 15 November, 2004
Audio Length: 14 Hours: 49 minutes
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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 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 Fëanor 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.