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The Silmarillion - 2nd Edition by J R R Tolkien (Hardcover)

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  • The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to a final form.
  • Author(s): J R R Tolkien
  • 416 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Fantasy

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About the Book



Published posthumously in 1977 to international acclaim, Tolkien's oldest tale of Middle-earth is now available in this revised and expanded volume. This new illustrated edition of "The Silmarillion," containing 48 stunning color paintings by Ted Nasmith, is the most sumptuous ever published.



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The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings, it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's world, the ancient drama to which characters in The Lord of the RIngs look back and in which some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.

The title Silmarillion is shortened from Quenta Silmarillion, "The History of the Silmarils," the three great jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves, in which he imprisoned the light of the Two Trees that illumined Valinor, the land of the gods. When Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, destroyed the Trees, that light lived on only in the Silmarils; Morgoth seized them and set them 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 Feanor and his people against the gods, their exile in Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all the heroisim of Elves and Men, against the great Enemy.

The book includes several other, shorter works beside The Silmarillion proper. Preceding it are "Ainulindale," the myth of Creation, and "Valaquenta," in which the nature and powers of each of the gods is set forth. After The Silmarillion is "Akallabeth," the story of the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the Second Age; completing the volume is "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age," in which the events of The Lord of the Rings are treated in the manner of The Silmarillion.

This new edition of The Silmarillion contains the revised and corrected "second edition" text and, by way of introduction, a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1951, which provides a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages. It also contains almost fifty full-color illustrations by the artist Ted Nasmith, many of which appear for the first time.



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"A creation of singular beauty... magnificent in its best moments." -- The Washington Post


Dimensions (Overall): 9.7 Inches (H) x 7.8 Inches (W) x 1.3 Inches (D)
Weight: 3.25 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 416
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Format: Hardcover
Author: J R R Tolkien
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2004
TCIN: 11603244
UPC: 9780618391110
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-3610
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1.3 inches length x 7.8 inches width x 9.7 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 3.25 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews
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Excellent quality

5 out of 5 stars
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KayJay - 10 months ago, Verified purchaser
Beautiful illustrations, thick pages, sturdy binding, and good hard cover. An excellent book worthy of Tolkien's masterful writing. Highly recommend.
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Beautiful book

5 out of 5 stars
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Gr8alex - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
fantastic story, beautiful book and great pictures.
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Favorite Edition

5 out of 5 stars
tp78 - 11 years ago
This is, by far, my favorite edition of The Silmarillion - a must have for any serious Tolkien fan.
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