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- Print Length: 357 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reissue edition (February 15, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2012
- Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007978PGI
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First, I'm not what people call a "Tolkien purist" or a "Tolkien fanatic" or whatever. I read "Lord Of The Rings" only once (liked it a lot), "The Hobbit" only once (liked it, but less than "Lord Of The Rings"), watched the movies, and, only now, I stared "The Silmarillion" in the eye!
And I loved it. With all my heart. The book is majestic, breathtaking, excting. Let me get to some points:
a. I completely understand those who not enjoy the writing style or the book itself, even thoso who KNOW that this is not a novel, but almost a history book of a fictional mythology.
b. There is violence. A lot. A lot of violence. It's tragedy after tragedy after tragedy, after betrayal, etc. But there is no gore. There are no cheap George R.R. Martin moments here.
c. The Glossary is amazing. All one needs to do, in order to rembember all the names that appear in the book, is to consult the glossary at the end of the book.
d. I think one should understand the following, about the writer's writing style: for Tolkien, EVERY WORD COUNTS. There's no verborragia, no filler. He is set on a mission to tell a fable, and he does so with economy of word, but with deep impact.
The negative aspect of reading this book is that, day after day, I enjoy LESS the movies!
Now, to the book: don't hesitate to buy this edition of The Silmarillion. It is nicely bound in a subdued blue cloth cover. There are no fancy gilded decals or edges. Don't let the simple cover fool you - inside are the finest illustrations of Tolkien's incredible history of the land of the Elves and of Middle Earth in the early days.
The paper is high quality, glossy and with a clear typeface. This is not one of those cheap knock-off editions by unauthorized printing houses. You're getting what you pay for in this edition. Buy with confidence!
If you don't know about the premier artists of Tolkien's works, there are three that immediately come to mind: Alan Lee, John Howe and Ted Nasmith. Lee and Howe are reknowned for their artwork in the Third Age - the days of Tolkien's LoTR and The Hobbit. Ted Nasmith brings the early first and second ages of middle earth to life. His artistry is masterful. I especially enjoy his scenery paintings. He helps bring the world of the elves to life for me.
This is a beautiful edition of The Silmarillion, almost too nice to crack open and read. For me it will remain part of my "nice book" collection - I have cheap paperbacks for reading!
As for the story of The Silmarillion, this is not lightweight reading. If you enjoy Deuteronomy or physics journals, you'll breeze right through this book! I tried unsuccessfully three times to read The Silmarillion. Ugh! All the names, places and events. Too much for my simple mind. What's worse, Tolkien isn't content to just name his characters once, he likes to use their names in other languages, as well. I think he did that to keep his works in the hands of really literate people. But, I fooled him!
I bought a copy on eBay of The Silmarillion on CDs by Martin Shaw. It is a ver batim version so I could just follow along in the book; sort of my version of "letting my fingers do the walking." It worked wonderfully and opened up Tolkien's incredible world to me.
Before tackling The Silmarillion, if you have seen the movies, read The Hobbit. It's light and breezy and even I got through it without any difficulty. Then, either read Lord of The Rings (LoTR) or watch the movies again before diving into The Silmarillion. Pay particular notice to the historical glimpses such as Isildur and Elrond in Mount Doom and to the looks of all the elves. Try to guess their ages.
Now, crack open your new edition of The Silmarillion and watch the heroic and tragic story of the elves come alive. You'll find out why Frodo's and Sam's little vials of light worked like they did, and you'll hear the story behind Shelob, the spider. You'll be astounded to know that Sauron, the evil one, was a mere shadow of the real true Evil One. His name was Morgoth. Well, that's one of his names. Melkor is another.
I promise you, buy this book and you'll have a classy addition to your library. Read this book and you'll never see LoTR the same again. And if you think elves are little cartoon characters who work for Keebler making cookies, you're in for the surprise of your life! They make humans seem so small and fallible.
I was truly sorry to see The Days of The Elves come to an end. Look in the night sky - Elendil lives! You're in for a great experience. Enjoy the adventure...
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