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5.0 out of 5 stars Late developments in the story of the Silmarillion. . ., November 7, 2001
This review is from: Morgoth's Ring: The Later Silmarillion, Part 1, Vol. 1 (Hardcover)
. . .plus cultural information!
This book, the first of two in the "History of Middle-Earth" series dealing with later textual developments in "The Silmarillion" provides a great deal of information on how Tolkien's philosophical and theological development influenced the later aspects of this work. (As the reader should remember, Tolkien worked on these legends for more than 50 years.)
However, one of my greatest delights in "Morgoth's Ring" was a lengthy essay detailing aspects of Elven culture, including information on courting, betrothal, marriage, and child-rearing. Also included is a discussion of the judgement of the Valar concerning the remarriage of Finwe of the Noldor.
Throughout, the volume demonstrates that Tolkien wished to truly create a complete culture, not merely a history.
A worthy addition to this series.
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