"A creation of singular beauty . . . magnificent in its best
moments." -- "Washington Post"
"Majestic . . . Readers of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the
Rings" will find in "The Silmarillion" a cosmology to call their
own, medievel romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars that
ring with heraldic fury . . . It overwhelms the reader." --
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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
The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age,
this is 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, 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.
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