SUMMARY The Silmarillion 100

SUMMARY The Silmarillion

SUMMARY The Silmarillion 100 ´ A number one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published THE SILMARILLION is the core of JRR Tolkien's imaginative writing a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBITTolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work and though it was published last and posthumously this great collectiAs 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 kindred against the gods their exile from Valinor and return to Middle earth and their war hopeless despite all their heroism against the great EnemyThis second edition features a letter written by JRR Tolkien describing his intentions for the book which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages of Middle eart. Oh woe begotten spirit fall now into dark oblivion and forget for a while the dreadful doom of lifeI must admit I struggled Though I love the Lord of the Rings and the Middle Earth Universe with all of my heart tackling a large part of its history in this manner was tough going The world Tolkien created is absolutely extraordinary without a doubt Unfortunately The Silmarillion is written as a long history or mythology of biblical proportions Name after name battle after battle son after son It was hard to follow I can respect how wonderfully intricate and detailed the world is but with that many characters and no straight story to follow through I'm pleased to be able to say I've done it but I don't think it's one I'll be able to come back to time and again I'll stick to LOTR I think Though I will read Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin when I can Tolkien truly is a master 35 stars Help oft shall come from the hands of the weak when the wise falter

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A number one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published THE SILMARILLION is the core of JRR Tolkien's imaginative writing a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBITTolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work and though it was published last and posthumously this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other writing The story of the creation of the world and of the the First Age this is the ancie. I had tried to read JRR Tolkien' The Silamarillion multiple times in the past and always unsuccessfully and had basically given up but I finally did manage to realise that I was attempting to read it the wrong way; I was trying to read The Silmarillion like I have read and with pleasure reread LOTR as a story an epic story of course but still first and foremost as a story Now while The Silmarillion is of course also partially a story it is at least for me first and foremost a religious type document a biblical mythological account of the Elder Days of Middle Earth So this time I read The Silmarillion the way I used to read my Bible and how I have also approached Hesiod's Theogony and other tomes on Greek Roman and Norse mythology perusing small bits and pieces as needed and desired and following along via audiobook at the same time if possible And I do know this might indeed and in fact sound a bit strange I actually tried singing some of the parts to myself And yes I will likely have to reread The Simarillion sometime soon because there is just no way I am going to be able to keep all of the different names etc clear in my head and I kind of also wish I had taken notes But for a first full and complete read I can only say wow As good as LOTR but also very very different and I honestly and strongly do believe that in order to truly appreciate savour and enjoy what JRR Tolkien has created with and in The Silmarillion a totally different and novel approach and method of reading are necessary and reuired for The Silmarillion just does not work as a typical novel since it is not in any manner a typical novel and heck it is not even a typical epic for that matter either

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The SilmarillionNt 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 Feanor 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 w. Buddy re read with ShiiI’ve been contemplating whether or not to tackle the challenge of actually reviewing this masterpiece for uite some time now In the end after having finished reading it for the second time I realised that I should at least throw out my thoughts on it So here we goThis is in my eyes the most impressive book ever writtenNotice how I did not say “best” That was completely intentional I do not believe it is the best book ever written even though I know others think so and I understand their opinions I also know people who have given up on reading this book or been baffled by the thought of even attempting it And I understand them too This is not the most exciting fantasy book you’ll find But I stand by it being the most impressive oneAfter almost reluctantly publishing The Hobbit and very reluctantly writing and publishing its seuel The Lord of the Rings Tolkien could finally concentrate on what he actually wanted to do to complete his collection of tales on the mythology and origins of Arda often just referred to as Middle Earth The result though published after the great man himself had passed away became The SilmarillionOn the back of my little blue timeworn paperback which is almost twice as old as I am I read a little uote from the Guardian review of the original release It says “How given little over half a century of work did one man become the creative euivalent of a people” And the uestion or less summarises my own feelings on this book and Tolkien’s other works These three hundred pages have given life to the most impressive achievement of human creativity ever No fantasy author has ever done anything matching this and it is my firm belief that no one ever will The only book The Silmarillion can be compared to is the Bible and I hope I do not offend anyone by saying this even it does not come close to thisThe creation of the World by the songs of the Ainur the schemes of Morgoth Bauglir for dominion over the world the making of the wondrous Silmarils the breeding of great Dragons in the firepits of Angband the story of Beren and Lúthien tales of war and betrayal and love and loss and joy and grief and everything you could possibly imagine in a tale of fantasy All of it can be found within the pages of this little bookThis book is not for everyone In fact I would only recommend it to those who have read and loved both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings But I wouldn’t hesitate to call it the greatest masterpiece of worldbuilding the fantasy genre has ever hadAll that remains is to refer you to my little collection of uotes and artwork from the most important scenes of the book Most of you have already seen it but for those who haven’t please have a look When the Valar entered into Eä they were at first astounded and at a loss for it was as if naught was yet made which they had seen in vision and all was but on point to begin and yet unshaped and it was dark For the Great Music had been but the growth and flowering of thought in the Timeless Halls and the Vision only a foreshowing; but now they had entered in at the beginning of Time and the Valar perceived that the World had been but foreshadowed and foresung and they must achieve it So began their great labours in wastes unmeasured and unexplored and in ages uncounted and forgotten until in the Deeps of Time and in the midst of the vast halls of Eä there came to be that hour and that place where was made the habitation of the Children of Ilúvatar Dark now fell the shadow on Beleriand as is told hereafter but in Angband Morgoth forged for himself a great crown of iron and he called himself King of the World In token of this he set the Silmarils in his crown His hands were burned black by the touch of those hallowed jewels and black they remained ever after; nor was he ever free from the pain of the burning and the anger of the pain The one had leaves of dark green that beneath were as shining as silver and from each of his countless flowers a dew of silver light was ever falling and the earth beneath was dappled with the shadows of his fluttering leaves The other bore leaves of a young green like the new opened beech; their edges were of glittering gold Flowers swung upon her branches in clusters of yellow flame formed each to a glowing horn that spilled a golden rain upon the ground; and from the blossom of that tree there came forth warmth and a great light So in that place which was called Losgar at the outlet of the Firth of Drengist ended the fairest vessels that ever sailed the sea in a great burning bright and terrible And Fingolfin and his people saw the light afar off red beneath the clouds; and they knew that they were betrayed In the front of that fire came Glaurung the golden father of dragons in his full might; and in his train were Balrogs and behind them came the black armies of the Orcs in multitudes such as the Noldor had never seen or imagined He passed over Dor nu Fauglith like a wind amid the dust and all that beheld his onset fled in amaze thinking that Oromë himself was come for a great madness of rage was upon him so that his eyes shone like the eyes of the Valar Thus he came alone to Angband’s gates and he sounded his horn and smote once upon the brazen doors and challenged Morgoth to come forth to single combat And Morgoth came Blue was her raiment as the unclouded heaven but her eyes were grey as the starlit evening; her mantle was sewn with golden flowers but her hair was dark as the shadows of twilight As the light upon the leaves of trees as the voice of clear waters as the stars above the mists of the world such was her glory and her loveliness; and in her face was a shining light Before the rising of the sun Earendil slew Ancalagon the Black the mightiest of the dragon host and cast him from the sky; and he fell upon the towers of Thangorodrim and they were broken in his ruin And thus it came to pass that the Silmarils found their long homes one in the airs of heaven and one in the fires of the heart of the world and one in the deep waters Ever they dwindled with the years until their glory passed leaving only green mounds in the grass At length naught was left of them but a strange people wandering secretly in the wild and other men knew not their homes nor the purpose of their journeys and save in Imladris in the house of Elrond their ancestry was forgotten Then the name of the forest was changed and Mirkwood it was called for the nightshade lay deep there and few dared to pass through save only in the north where Thranduil's people still held the evil at bay In the twilight of autumn it sailed out of Mithlond until the seas of of the Bent World fell away beneath it and the winds of the round sky troubled it no and borne upon the high airs above the mists of the world it passed into the Ancient West and an end was come for the Eldar of story and of song