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..."