The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion

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JimJava007
Jun 09, 2019

Want to play the SILMARILLION drinking game? Take a shot every time Tolkien uses a superlative adjective to describe someone. Just once, I wish he would've introduced an elven king who was just an OK fighter and *sort of* knew his way around a forge.

This book is awesome. Amazing. Stupendous. Fantastic. Okay, I'm running out of adjectives now... But seriously, this book is amazing. I already liked The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but The Silmarillion is what turned me into a complete fanatic about Middle-earth and pretty much everything Tolkien wrote.
The Silmarillion is written differently than most of Tolkien's other works, but tough it out-you will not be disappointed. This is what Tolkien spent his entire life working on-and with good reason. This book has everything. Tragedy, romance, epic quests, battles, heroes and heroines, hidden cities, villains, and probably more that I'm forgetting. Moments when all hope is lost, and moments where it shines as bight as the Silmarils. And when all hope seems gone, just remember Hurin's battle cry: Day shall come again!

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avocadotree
Apr 11, 2019

None of the chapters are too long and its very rich and satisfying. Definitely took me longer to read this than the other books, but I'm not in a rush to leave this world either.

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l0r0zc0
Mar 15, 2019

If you enjoyed reading the appendices in the LOTR trilogy, you will enjoy The Silmarillion even more so. It is packed with lore, on lore, on lore.

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GMorry
Feb 20, 2019

I have read JRR Tolkien's LOTR trilogy and the Hobbit several times, and I am a HUGE fan. That being said, I could not finish this book, and I have tried a couple of times. The Silmarillion is not so much a story as an impenetrably dense and shockingly boring (IMHO) history of Middle Earth, filled with dozens and dozens of legendary characters and place names, with no plot to speak of. The Silmarillion reads like a cross between the bible and an Ikea catalogue. "And then VILTO and HEMNES crossed the RÖNNSKÄR, and spake unto BILLY, whose family came from the hills of FRÄJEN, along the rocky shores of the rivers MALM and TISSENDAL..."

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schmegu_at_hcplc
Jan 08, 2019

Copied from "People of Middle Earth": Honestly, I learned so much about writing and understanding the world around me by reading these books from Tolkien. Getting this break down of how the world of Middle Earth ran made things so interesting. As I started to get more and more into history, so much of his world building, and the wars going on between Sauron and the free people of Middle Earth, or the wars between the Elves and Morgoth, or (I could continue) were such clear parallels to what was happening in Tolkien's world.... and they are still such clear parallels to what is happening in today's world. We always talk about how Dystopian novels are a way of warning us about the path we're following, and how our future might turn out, but we forget that a lot of Fantasy novels are also reflections of people today, and how we need to get our acts together.

SCL_Justin Sep 04, 2018

I have tried to read this so many times and I have finally completed it. And it was worth it. While it is more of a myth cycle that doesn't get into the details of adventures in the way the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings do, I found that to be a soothing experience.

Immortal beings rise and fall and their cities are raised up and crumble. Sauron is barely mentioned because in the first age we're dealing with the more powerful Melkor who ends up being judged and cast out after a war that devastates and reshapes the world.

What I loved about the book this time was the distance of it all, that we're learning of the origins of things so many generations before what I think of as Middle Earth. It changes your perspective and sort of minimizes the epicness of the War of the Rings. These things have happened before and will again.

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isaachar
Jul 25, 2018

Many readers are lead to The Silmarillion after reading The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy and wanting to know more about that world. While it suffices for that, I have also noticed a number of LOTR and Hobbit fans find the style of the Silmarillion to be too inconsistent with either of the two more popular books. For that reason, I wouldn't recommend The Silmarillion to anyone without offering the caveat that it is not a single story book. It is an epic, spanning tens of thousands of years and leading up to event's hundreds of years before The Hobbit. The book doesn't convey an adventure or series of adventures, it'as more a history of Middle Earth and most of it's creatures. For that reason, I actually enjoy it more than LOTR or Hobbit. After I initially read it, I went out and found copies of Unfinished Tales, the Lays of Beleriand and Morgoth's Ring (which I would recommend to those wanting to know more about Middle Earth but without the medieval epic prose) to delve further into the histories of the various peoples of Middle Earth. The Silmarillion is similar to books like 'The World of Ice and Fire' by George RR Martin, or 'The Hyborian Age' by Robert Howard, which convey the history of their respective fictional worlds and give context to the primary stories within them. If you enjoy that sort of background it will add to your reading of said main adventures, if you don't, you won't miss out anything by skipping them entirely.

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Calvacade
Aug 30, 2017

If your seriously interested in the Lord of the Rings saga this is a must read. I studied the first several chapters and looked up so many terms in order to understand it, but it was worth it.

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darcyhudjik
Aug 01, 2017

I recommend this book to die hard Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans. It gives a detailed backstory to the history of the different settings, has beautiful illustrations and maps.

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Tabaqui
Apr 19, 2017

Not for the faint of heart, nor for those who are intimidated by a long book. I personally think that The Silmarillion gives us a wider view of Middle-Earth, beyond the War of the Rings, but I loved LOTR and The Hobbit too. Again, not a book for the casual reader, but if you're a Tolkien nerd (like me :) and looking for more on Middle-Earth, give this one a try.

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yxtqwf
Oct 03, 2016

This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It tells you about ALL the parts in the Lord of the Rings and more!

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jubs17
Aug 24, 2016

I liked it for sure, but it certainly more dry than Lord of the Rings. I also wish there was more than one map in the back of this book. I think I will only read this once because it doesn't quite get into the parts of LOTR that I liked the most.

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KABuck
Jun 26, 2016

For anyone looking for more stories and history of the Middle-earth in which The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit take place, this is a good place to start. Tolkien begins with a creation myth, then summarizes the various deities and holy figures of his reality. What follows is the First Age tale of Elves, Dwarves and eventually Men roaming Middle-earth and even Aman across the Sea, while they fight the Dark Lord Morgoth, who has stolen the Silmarilli, three precious jewels wrought by the Elves, and who seeks tyrannical dominion over their home. Tolkien's prose flows and resonates like no other; however, readers should not expect the same character development or narrative quality as in The Lord of the Rings. The Silmarillion is first and foremost a feigned historical account.

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jorjatupper
May 02, 2016

It's like the encyclopedia for middle earth. The Simarillion is definitely one of Toiken's greatest works. It's a little wordy but totally AWESOME!!

morrisonist Oct 12, 2015

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
In glory we return, our destination's end
We slayed the dragon!
No more living in fear it's time to raise our king.
We made it happen we're the chosen ones!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
We're the chosen ones!

Riding through thunder and lighting once again
We slayed the beast we brought an end
Now we have left the kingdom of the damned
Heroes of the day, legends forever!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
We're the chosen ones!

It seems to me like a journey without end
So many years, too many battles
We've finally arrived, now we're standing at the gates
Heroes of the day, legends forever

In glory we return, our destination's end
We slayed the dragon
No more living in fear it's time to raise our king
We made it happen we're the chosen ones!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon
In glory we return, our destination's end
We slayed the dragon
No more living in fear it's time to raise our king
We made it happen we're the chosen ones!

We are the chosen ones, we sacrifice our blood
We kill for honor
We are the holy ones our armor stained with blood
We killed the dragon

This book is definitely one of the better ones out there. Seriously, it's so good, what the heck.

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Dorondes
May 29, 2015

Lord of the Rings was absolutely incredible, but The Silmarillion takes Tolkien to a whole new level. More in-depth than all of his works except Unfinished Tales and Narn I Chin Hurin, this covers the background on the War of the Ring, and allows many wonderful tales to unfold. Recommended to any Tolkien reader. Be prepared for even more fan debates, though. (And mentions of Ecthelion. Seriously, drowning in a fountain?)

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sadmarvin
Apr 27, 2015

A bit dry at times, but such a fascinating document.

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Man123
Aug 23, 2014

good book

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camperconnor2
Aug 23, 2014

really amzing tolkien u rock

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Chinderixx
Aug 06, 2014

This book was so amazing!!!!!! It is now my favorite book of all time!!!!!!!!!!!

Eärendil Jan 02, 2014

Excellent book! As a history of Middle-Earth, it's not an entertaining novel, but the sheer magnitude and depth of work that Tolkien put into this world is truly amazing. The names and places are confusing, but it's also enlightening as to the background of some of his other works. I'd also suggest Tolkien's "The Children of Hurin", "Tales from the Perilous Realm", and Brandon Sanderson's, "The Way of Kings" if you liked this one.

Orange_Tiger_210 Oct 25, 2013

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smaugthestupendous Jul 31, 2013

This was amazing! The amount of things I've learned from this about Middle-earth and it's history is incredible!! You really feel as if all of those could have happened. Try not to have favorite figures because they will probably die. A real eye opener!! Definitely recommended for all Tolkien fans!


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