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The Silmarillion is J.R.R. Tolkien's tragic, operatic history of the First Age of Middle-Earth, essential background material for serious readers of the classic Lord of the Rings saga. Tolkien's work sets the standard for fantasy, and this audio version of the "Bible of Middle-Earth" does The Silmarillion justice. Martin Shaw's reading is grave and resonant, conveying all the powerful events and emotions that shaped elven and human history long before Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and all the rest embarked on their quests. Beginning with the Music of the Ainur, The Silmarillion tells a tale of the Elder Days, when Elves and Men became estranged by the Dark Lord Morgoth's lust for the Silmarils, pure and powerful magic jewels. Even the love between a human warrior and the daughter of the Elven king cannot defeat Morgoth, but the War of Wrath finally brings down the Dark Lord. Peace reigns until the evil Sauron recovers the Rings of Power and sets the stage for the events told in the Lord of the Rings. This is epic fantasy at its finest, thrillingly read and gloriously unabridged. (Running time: 14 hours, 6 CDs) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
The action of this volume predates even the above History titles as it relates the creation of Middle-earth, its beings and the coming of evil. Tolkien's Paradise Lost.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
By this point everyone knows what to expect right? Beautiful prose backing up accounts of the first and second age.Published 2 days ago by Tyler Kaczmarek
as all of Tolkien work, this one will not disappoint you if you'd like to have more history and the background of the development of middle earthPublished 2 days ago by justin carr
It's a little bit thicker of a read if you're not into The Lord of the Rings, but if you're a fan then this is a great book to augment the original trilogy. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joe
This review is for the CD audiobook recording by Martin Shaw. Shaw (Inspector George Gently, Judge John Deed, The Chief) is a terrific reader for this kind of material. Read morePublished 5 days ago by dizzheart
I wasn't sure about buying this book despite loving LOTR books and movies. This book is great for anyone who loves the world that Tolkien has created. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nayeli
Magnificent book, the entire back history of the world developed by JRR TolkienPublished 9 days ago by evan o'keeffe
Never thought this book would fill in many blanks! Very much love this book, very interesting!Published 9 days ago by Michelle Hita
Surprising find! Gives any fan of The Hobbit series and Lord of the Rings a look into the history of the Elves and Middle Earth. Waiting for the movie.....Published 10 days ago by nolablondie