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The Silmarillion


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Pictured Left Top: Silmarillion
Easton Press, 1999
1st edition, bound in green leather, gold lettering and edges

Pictured Left Middle: Silmarillion
Hardcover with Slip case
Folio Society
1997

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.

 

Silmarillion
Hardcover, 365pp.
Houghton Mifflin
July 1977
Edition: 1st American ed


Silmarillion
1st U.K. Edition
Hardcover
Allen & Unwin
1977


Silmarillion Limited Edition Collectors' Box.
Harper-Collins, 2001
Hardcover
Contains color fold-out map by John Howe, color postcard, Exclusive CD of Christopher. Tolkien's reading of Beren and Lúthien (not sold separately on CD). Gray box.
A special hardback edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece of epic fantasy, in a presentation box with the full color Map of Beleriand, some Silmarillion postcards, plus an exclusive free CD of Christopher Tolkien reading the Beren and Luthien story from the book. Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part. The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor. Included in the book are several shorter works. Ainulindale is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. Akallabeth recounts downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at end of the Second Age and Of the Rings of Power tells of the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in Lord of the Rings

Silmarillion
Hardcover, 365pp.
Houghton Mifflin
October 1998
Illustrator: Ted Nasmith
1st edition, color paintings
Also:
Paperback, 304pp.
Houghton Mifflin
September 1983
Older Edition
Paperback reprinted: 2000
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.

Silmarillion
Unwin Paperbacks
1979
Paperback


Silmarillion
Hardcover
Demco Media
November 1990





Silmarillion





Silmarillion
Library Binding
Econo-Clad Books
October 1999



Silmarillion
Mass Market Paperback, 480pp.
Random House, Incorporated
January 1979



Silmarillion
Ballantine, 1990
Paperback, Reprint





Silmarillion
Mariner Books, 1992
2nd Edition



Silmarillion
Harper-Collins, 1999
Hardcover
Published with preface by Christopher Tolkien and letter by Tolkien to Milton Waldman circa 1951
Paperback
Illustrator: Cover by Ted Nasmith

Silmarillion
Hardcover, 2nd ed., 365pp.
Houghton Mifflin
March 2001
Edition 2nd
Also:
Paperback, 2nd ed., 365pp.
Houghton Mifflin
April 2001
Edition 2nd
Includes the letter by Tolkien to Milton Waldman, 1951
Illustrator: Cover by Ted Nasmith

Silmarillion
Houghton-Mifflin
Paperback, reprint
Illustrator: Cover by Tolkien.