Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion
by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

This book was compiled and edited by J.R.R. Tolkien's son Christopher after his death. It tells of the times before The Lord of the Rings. We hear of the creation of Middle Earth, the beginning of men, elves, and dwarves, the creation of three jewels called the Silmarils and the evil of Morgoth. The book covers such a long space of time that the overall tale may seem choppy to some readers, but if you keep in mind that it is legend of the olden days, hearing bits of it at a time makes sense. While I did enjoy this and would recommend it, I strongly suggest you read The Lord of the Rings prior to trying this one. It covers so much history that there are a lot of people, places and plots to keep track of, so if you are not familiar with Tolkien's universe, it's going to be very difficult to read. If you do chose to tackle it, I think you'll find it rewarding. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Children of Hurin and The Hobbit, both by J.R.R. Tolkien.] -- recommended by Kristen A. - Gere Branch Library

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