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The Silmarillion [Audiobook, Unabridged] Publisher: Random House Audio Audio CD – 1998


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  • ASIN: B004V9HU9U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on January 6, 2012
In the Tolkien canon, THE SILMARILLION is the most highly contested of all his works. Constructed as a prehistoric history of the Universe, the book has the cultural significance of the Bible in Tolkien's universe. It is Tolkien's primary work, but it's also his most troublesome, in more ways than one. One thing you need to know. In Tolkien scholarship, there are two primary ways to refer to the "Silmarillion". One is the Silmarillion, the legendarium proper, and then the 1977 SILMARILLION, which may or may not be what Tolkien envisioned.

THE SILMARILLION, the book Tolkien spent all of his adult life writing, was, sadly, incomplete when Tolkien died at the age of eighty one in 1973. Naturally, this begs the question why did it take him decades to write the book, and it still be unfinished after all that time? Well, to understand that, you need to understand two things: the scope of the project, and how Tolkien worked.

The scope of the book was a complete imaginary history, a totally self-contained mythology, all written and developed for his home country, England (my home country as well). Imagine the Greek and Roman mythologies, all those myths and gods, developed by one man. Imagine Homer completely inventing all the gods for his stories. Imagine how hard that would be to come up with your own mythological traditions as such. No wonder Tolkien had such a hard time completing the work.

Now, the scope (which is extremely ambitious for any artist) was compounded by how Tolkien worked. First, he was a philologist first and foremost, and so before the stories he invented languages. All of these languages (which would have taken a life-time to develop on their own) had their own history, and are so interlocked with the mythology that you cannot remove them.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cara on December 17, 2011
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I enjoy the reader. His voice and inflection flow nicely. He makes it easy to follow the story line. The story itself is good and answers some questions I had with some character referrals in the Lord of the Rings.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Barber on July 1, 2013
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I got this for my wife the tolkien nut. She and the kids listen to it all the time in her car. Now my 8 and 4 yr old are more tolkien speaky than I. It's a great and wonderfull thing! Beware... LOTS of disks!
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