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A Reader's Guide to the Silmarillion Hardcover – February 29, 1980
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First, as a reader's guide, one would expect it to clarify the material. It doesn't. It's largely a retelling in the author's own not especially wonderful style, with only a brief nod to thematic and source material. I don't think this is going to help readers understand the book.
More importantly, the book is full of inaccuracies! The author has chosen to "characterize" characters like Maedhros and Beren, giving his own idea of what's going on in their heads--characterizations that are unsupported in the text. "Maedhros' mind was in a turmoil", things like that. One can make such interpretations in terms of one's personal understanding of the text, but they are not in fact explicit in Tolkien's words. And there are literal inaccuracies, mostly small, but annoying -- "elfin" for "elven", the assertion that none of Feanor's sons were married (not the case), and so on. It's clear that the author isn't familiar with Christopher Tolkien's exegeses, but even allowing for that he has not represented the published Silmarillion text accurately here.