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    DescriptionA 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 that he could not publish in his lifetime because it grew with him. Its origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBIT. But THE HOBBIT was caught up in what Tolkien called the branching acquisitive theme he began 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 it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other works. This is the story of the creation of the world and the happenings of the First Age, the ancient 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, the 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 was 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 Enemy. The book includes several other, shorter works in addition to THE SILMARILLION. Preceding it are The Ainulindale, 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 Akallabeth, a tale of the downfall of the kingdom of Numeno, and finally Of the Rings of Power, the connecting link to THE LORD OF THE RINGS. This second edition features a number of minor textual corrections along with a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien describing his intentions for the work, written more than twenty-five years before its eventual publication. As described by Christopher Tolkien in the preface, it serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages of Middle-earth.


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    Title
    The Silmarillion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J R R Tolkien, Edited by Christopher Tolkien
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780618135042
    ISBN 10: 0618135049
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: FAN
    DC21: 823.912
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    BIC subject category V2: FM
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11300
    Ingram Subject Code: FA
    B&T General Subject: 350
    Libri: I-FA
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: C25108501
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 823/.912
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC009000, FIC009020
    LC classification: PR6039.O32 S5 2001
    Thema V1.0: FM
    Edition
    2
    Edition statement
    2nd
    Publisher
    HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
    Imprint name
    Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
    Publication date
    28 April 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Boston
    Review quote
    "It is beautiful... an enchanting tale of tragedy and triumph... The Silmarillion is magical in teh grand old style." The Philadelphia Inquirer "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 "Heart-lifting... a work of power, eloquence and noble vision... Superb!" The Wall Street Journal "Essential reading for Tolkien lovers and an important book." The Baltimore Sun "A creation of singular beauty... magnificent in its best moments." The Washington Post