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The Silmarillion

35.7% complete
1977
130,115
1980
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© 1977 by George Allen & Unwin (Publishers) Ltd.
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Synopsis (may contain spoilers)
This book is a history of Middle-earth compiled from stories and notes written by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by his son Christopher Tolkien.  It tells about the first two Ages of Middle-earth (The Lord of the Rings is set at the end of the Third Age).  This is not so much a smooth flowing story as it is a collection of "historical" accounts.

Extract (may contain spoilers)
And Thingol answered: 'What of your quest, and of your vow?'

    But Beren said: 'It is fulfilled.  Even now a Silmaril is in my hand.'

    Then Thingol said: 'Show it to me!'

    And Beren put forth his left hand, slowly opening its fingers; but it was empty.  Then he held up his right arm; and from that hour he named himself Camlost, the Empty-handed.

    Then Thingol's mood was softened; and Beren sat before his throne upon the left, and Lúthien upon the right, and they told all the tale of the Quest, while all there listened and were filled with amazement.  And it seemed to Thingol that this Man was unlike all other mortal Men, and among the great in Arda, and the love of Lúthien a thing new and strange; and he perceived that their doom might not be withstood by power of the world.  Therefore at the last he yielded his will, and Beren took the hand of Lúthien before the throne of her father.

 

Added: 25-Nov-2002
Last Updated: 05-Feb-2023

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 01-Jan-1977
Houghton Mifflin Company
Hardback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jan-1977
Format:
Hardback
Pages*:
368
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Once
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Internal ID:
14
ISBN:
0-395-34646-0
ISBN-13:
978-0-395-34646-4
Printing:
1
Country:
United States
Language:
English
The Silmarillion is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work that he could not publish in his lifetime because it grew with him.  Its origins stretch back to a time long before The Hobbit was caught up in what Tolkien called "the branching acquisitive theme" begun in The Silmarillion, and eventually The Lord of the Rings emerged from this as well.

Tolkien considered The Silmarillion his most important work, and, though published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other works.  For this is the story of the creation of the world and the happenings of the First Age.  This is the ancient drama to which 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, 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.

The book includes several other, shorter works, in addition to "The Silmarillion" itself.  Preceding it are "The Ainulindalë," a myth of the Creation, and "The Valaquenta," in which the nature and power of the gods is set forth.  After "The Silmarillion" comes "The Akallabêth," a tale of the downfall of the kingdom on Númenor; and finally, "Of the Rings of Power," the connecting link to The Lord of the Rings.

J.R.R.TOLKIEN, known to millions as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was also known as a distinguished scholar in the field of English Language and Literature, which he taught at Oxford for many years.
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 01-Jun-1983
Ballantine Books
Mass Market Paperback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jun-1983
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Pages*:
458
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Once
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Internal ID:
5
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-345-30692-9
ISBN-13:
978-0-345-30692-0
Printing:
4
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Darrell K Sweet  - Cover Artist
THE STORY OF THE CREATION OF THE WORLD

"It is beautiful... and enchanted tale of tragedy and triumph... The Silmarillion is magical in the old grand style... I adore it!"
Philadelphia Inquirer


"O MIGHTY TOLKIEN!  PRINCE OF FANTASISTS!...  I have just been reveling in one of the greatest literary privileges and experiences of my life...  The Silmarillion... greater and more satisfying than both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!"
Richard Adams,
Author of Watership Down


"Majestic!.. readers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings... will find in The Silmarillion a cosmology to call their own... medieval romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury... it overwhelms the reader."
Time Magazine
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Notes and Comments:
First Ballentine Books Edition: March 1979
Fourth Printing: June 1983

I believe that this cover came out around the time the animated "Lord of the Rings" by Ralph Bakshi did.
 06-Jan-1992
HarperCollins
Hardback
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Date Issued:
06-Jan-1992
Format:
Hardback
Pages*:
384
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
106
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-261-10242-7
ISBN-13:
978-0-261-10242-2
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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Book Cover
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 09-Jan-1992
HarperCollins
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Date Issued:
09-Jan-1992
Pages*:
454
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Internal ID:
105
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-261-10273-7
ISBN-13:
978-0-261-10273-6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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Book Cover
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 07-Sep-1998
HarperCollins
Hardback
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Date Issued:
07-Sep-1998
Format:
Hardback
Pages*:
368
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
107
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-261-10366-0
ISBN-13:
978-0-261-10366-5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 19-Sep-1998
HarperCollins
Hardback
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Date Issued:
19-Sep-1998
Format:
Hardback
Pages*:
368
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
108
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-261-10373-3
ISBN-13:
978-0-261-10373-3
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 01-Nov-1999
HarperCollins
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Date Issued:
01-Nov-1999
Pages*:
384
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
111
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-261-10244-3
ISBN-13:
978-0-261-10244-6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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Book Cover
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 02-Oct-2000
HarperCollins
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Date Issued:
02-Oct-2000
Pages*:
365
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
113
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-261-10367-9
ISBN-13:
978-0-261-10367-2
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 01-Apr-2001
Houghton Mifflin Company
Hardback
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Date Issued:
01-Apr-2001
Format:
Hardback
Pages*:
372
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
110
ISBN:
0-618-13504-9
ISBN-13:
978-0-618-13504-2
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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Book Cover
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 18-Feb-2002
Voyager
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Date Issued:
18-Feb-2002
Pages*:
464
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
112
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-007-12439-2
ISBN-13:
978-0-007-12439-8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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Book Cover
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 22-Jul-2002
HarperCollins
Hardback
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Date Issued:
22-Jul-2002
Format:
Hardback
Pages*:
380
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
109
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-007-13660-9
ISBN-13:
978-0-007-13660-5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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Author(s)

 J R R Tolkien
Birth: 03 Jan 1892 Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa
Death: 02 Sep 1973 Bournemouth, Dorset, England, UK

Awards

1978Locus MagazineBest Fantasy Novel Winner
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