By J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Ted Nasmith
The stories of The Silmarillion have been the underlying notion and resource of J.R.R. Tolkien's inventive writing; he labored at the ebook all through his existence yet by no means introduced it to a last shape. lengthy previous in its origins The Lord of the earrings, it's the tale of the 1st Age of Tolkien's global, the traditional drama to which characters within the Lord of the earrings glance again and during which a few of them, equivalent to Elrond and Galadriel, took part.
The identify Silmarillion is shortened from Quenta Silmarillion, "The historical past of the Silmarils," the 3 nice jewels created through Feanor, such a lot talented of the Elves, within which he imprisoned the sunshine of the 2 bushes that illumined Valinor, the land of the gods. whilst Morgoth, the 1st darkish Lord, destroyed the timber, that mild lived on simply within the Silmarils; Morgoth seized them and set them in his crown, guarded within the impenetrable citadel of Angband within the north of Middle-earth. The Silmarillion is the background of the uprising of Feanor and his humans opposed to the gods, their exile in Middle-earth, and their conflict, hopeless regardless of the entire heroisim of Elves and males, opposed to the nice Enemy.
The ebook contains a number of different, shorter works beside The Silmarillion right. previous it are "Ainulindale," the parable of production, and "Valaquenta," within which the character and powers of every of the gods is determined forth. After The Silmarillion is "Akallabeth," the tale of the downfall of the nice island country of Numenor on the finish of the second one Age; finishing the amount is "Of the earrings of strength and the 3rd Age," within which the occasions of The Lord of the earrings are taken care of within the demeanour of The Silmarillion.
This re-creation of The Silmarillion comprises the revised and corrected "second edition" textual content and, when it comes to advent, a letter written by means of J.R.R. Tolkien in 1951, which gives a super exposition of his notion of the sooner a while. It additionally includes nearly fifty full-color illustrations through the artist Ted Nasmith, lots of which seem for the 1st time.