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The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, THE SILMARILLION is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT. — Tolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collect...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345272553
ISBN-10: 0345272552
Publication Date: 2/12/1979
Pages: 458
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  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 58 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
Rather dry reading. Interesting material, but definitely more encyclopedic than narrative. Devotees of Tolkein's world will enjoy this book.
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Helpful Score: 5
I call this book The Bible of the Middle Earth, and rightfully so. It provides a lot information and background prior to the events of The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Of how things were created, of the coming of the Elves, of the wars, Sauron's beginning, etc. it just fills up the things that were not explained before and the things that left you wondering or wanting to know more about. You definetly need to read this book if you're a Tolkien fan.
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Helpful Score: 5
I suggest approaching this book as if you were tackling a research project and not a novel.

Challenging but rewarding if you persevere.
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Helpful Score: 4
Biblical in it's language and style. If you want the history of Middle Earth, the first through third ages, this is for you.
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Helpful Score: 3
Prequel to the "Lord of the Rings" and the "Hobbit", much more Old Testament-ish than the hobbit books.
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One of J.R.R.Tolkien's best, an introduction to Middle Eatrh.
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Rather dark set of stories, if you couldn't get enough of LORD OF THE RINGS this is for you.
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just couldn't get into this like I could the rest of Tolkein's works...

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