Pictured Left Top: Silmarillion|
Easton Press, 1999
1st edition, bound in green leather, gold lettering and edges
Pictured Left Middle:
Hardcover with Slip case
Pictured Left Bottom: Silmarillion
Harper-Collins, Sept 2, 1998
Limited Edition (500 made), bound and slip-cased, First Edition. Signed by
C. Tolkien and Ted Nasmith. Color Photos and Map.
Illustrator: Ted Nasmith
A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, The Silmarillion is core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before
The Hobbit. Tolkien considered Silmarillion his most important work, and, though it was published last and posthumously, this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets stage for all his other writing. A
story of creation of the world and of the First Age, this is an ancient drama to which characters in Lord of the Rings look back and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part. The
three Silmarils were jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before they were destroyed by Morgoth, worlds first Dark Lord. Thereafter,
the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in these Silmarils, but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown, which was guarded in an impenetrable fortress of Angband in north of Middle-earth.
Silmarillion is the history of rebellion of Feanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against
Morgoth. This pictured second edition features a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien describing his intentions for this book, which serves as a brilliant
exposition of his conception of earlier Ages of Middle-earth.