J.R.R. Tolkien ☆ The Silmarillion TEXT
FREE EBOOK ✓ EPUB The Silmarillion ä 9780618391110 Ý A number one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published THE SILMARILLION is the core of JRR Tolkien's imaginative writing a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBITTolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important workNt drama to which the characters in THE 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 the Elves Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the Trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth the first Dark Lord Thereafter the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in the Silmarils but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown which w How To Build A Truly Convincing Fantasy World1 It's all about the language Make sure your world's language is convincing and you're pretty much there Conversely if your language sucks then everything else will2 Your book can't include than a few sentences in your invented language without losing your audience But it can include plenty of names So what people will really judge you on is the uality of the namesThe rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons
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As guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle earth THE SILMARILLION is the history of the 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 the great EnemyThis second edition features a letter written by JRR Tolkien describing his intentions for the book which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages of Middle eart Sauron was become now a sorceror of dreadful power master of shadows and of phantoms foul in wisdom cruel in strength misshaping what he touched twisting what he ruled lord of werewolves; his dominion was torment Ah Sauron Maia of Aulë—beyond doubt the singularly most enthralling antagonist whom I encountered as a young reader possessing all of the malevolence and dark charisma and naked power of Satan but unhobbled by the multi aspectual morphology of Christian theology and popular culture that far too often rendered the Devil a ridiculous figure a wild eyed and beastly fornication ringmaster cavorting with naked acolytes; a scarlet skinned pitchfork wielding fashion model for forked tails and forehead horns; or slyly smiling traveling salesman pitching his gimcrack wares backed by loosely enforced contracts claiming lien upon some drink tossed wastrel's dubiously valuable soul But Sauron—the dude fell the dude schemed the dude was scary whether donning the raiments of a beautiful translucent ring wise man or an unbearably searingly abhorrent humanoid vessel of the voidThere exists no other book that I've read as many times as The Silmarillion Much than the uesting heroic storyline of The Lord of the Rings was I drawn to the background of all those tumultuous events the grand personages and royal lineages that stretched back into the mists of primordial time Where did Sauron come from? From what pit originally arose the Balrog? What order was Gandalf exactly a member of? Who were Beren and Luthien and what relevance did their own story have to this ultimate chapter of the War of the Rings playing out on the pages before me? Immediately that I finished the trilogy I rushed into the Silmarillion; and though at that time I was still too young to appreciate the allusions to other great mythologies to the wonderful intricacies of the languages that Tolkien had constructed for his Middle Earth races to the powerful theme of tragedy—always linked with a hubris of the striving spirit—that was enjoined to the Noldorin rebellion against the Valar and their heroic but doomed struggle against Melkor He Who Arises in Might Morgoth Bauglir the Black Enemy—Radical Valar Renegade Spawner of the Orcs Dark Lord of the Balrogs Tutoring Patron of Sauron; in toto Supreme Badass Motherfucker of all Middle Earth—still I was held spellbound by these glimpses into the Great Creation the Dawn of Elves and Men the Noldorin Exile and the fate of the Silmarils which ended with such a perfect balance the priceless jewels at rest at the bottom of the sea the deepest of earthen chasms and the highest heights of the heavens What's after the breaking of Beleriand the reader is presented with the awesome arc of the founding and the doom of Númenor in which Sauron gloatingly laughed atop the Island's mountain temple and lustfully defied the punishing lighting strokes that sizzled through the nighttime air; and the concluding overview of the War of the Rings in which much is explained that makes The Lord of the Rings even enjoyably complete than when the trilogy—and its preuel The Hobbit—were the only source for the incredibly deep history that Tolkien had woven from his lifelong love of languageThese annals with their brilliantly etched admixtures of beauty and short lived heroic triumphs set against an overpowering sense of futility and tragic defeat at the hands of an enemy whose cunning is as deep as the infernal pits of his cavernous dungeons and whose malice engirds the star kissed world whose very corruption has been bled into the core of creation itself were just what were needed to spark a young imagination; Tolkien's private amusements and delights mirrored my own in their fledgling form and inspired me to tributary tasks of creation that nobody else could understand or appreciate but which gave me immense personal satisfaction They awoke within me the powerful demiurgical desire to craft worlds populate them endow them with their own gods and mythologies formulate a history laden it with political systems the whole works all in the service of a time bound fate that culminates in an apocalyptic showdown betwixt the dark and the light At that point in a person's life when the complex and inscrutable mathematical rituals and hierarchical causality of all powerful modern science have immense appeal but few handholds the prismatic and primal allure of myth and magic the intuitive interconnectedness of nature with the sorcerously creative will of man even at that tender age a force struggling to avoid restraint and desperately endeavoring to draw power from those spiritual furnaces deep within the font of dreams such tales of heroism and fortitude in the face of the supernatural are for many very hard to resist What's the channeling of natural phenomenon into organic spirits with anthropomorphic features and forms offers another intuitively appealing means to understanding a vast material world that otherwise seems awesomely inexplicable and frighteningly unpredictable Stories that tap into our innate desire both to be entertained and be edified by human theatre set within the panoramic vistas of a horizon hid past—Tolkien delivered in spadesI don't care that it was edited by Christopher Tolkien and Guy Gavriel Kay and thus can't be declared canonical Who gives a shit? Some complain that it reads like a Middle Earth bible that its archaic style and portentous prose are a labor to struggle through and provide nothing as satisfying as the great trilogy he had wrought Ah tell it to the judge They read like the annals composed from the mythological strains that wend across a mysterious fate bound history that they in fact are it's just that this particular history was played out solely within the mental confines—a rich cerebral theatre—of the author and possessed a coherence and potency to rival the mythologies of the Greeks or the Northmen What could a reader want? If Tolkien's labour of love crafted and edited reworked and rewritten was of such an amazing expressiveness and beauty and power that it both upheld the Ring Trilogy and lit its mythological intimations with a fulgent blaze that only served to augment one's appreciation of the latter's depths then why not put it out there for that multitude of fans who were dying to sample of the mystical marvels from one of the greatest and most uniuely imaginative minds of the past century?
READER The Silmarillion
The SilmarillionA number one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published THE SILMARILLION is the core of JRR Tolkien's imaginative writing a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before THE HOBBITTolkien considered THE SILMARILLION his most important work and though it was published last and posthumously this great collection of tales and legends clearly sets the stage for all his other writing The story of the creation of the world and of the the First Age this is the ancie I had tried to read JRR Tolkien' The Silamarillion multiple times in the past and always unsuccessfully and had basically given up but I finally did manage to realise that I was attempting to read it the wrong way; I was trying to read The Silmarillion like I have read and with pleasure reread LOTR as a story an epic story of course but still first and foremost as a story Now while The Silmarillion is of course also partially a story it is at least for me first and foremost a religious type document a biblical mythological account of the Elder Days of Middle Earth So this time I read The Silmarillion the way I used to read my Bible and how I have also approached Hesiod's Theogony and other tomes on Greek Roman and Norse mythology perusing small bits and pieces as needed and desired and following along via audiobook at the same time if possible And I do know this might indeed and in fact sound a bit strange I actually tried singing some of the parts to myself And yes I will likely have to reread The Simarillion sometime soon because there is just no way I am going to be able to keep all of the different names etc clear in my head and I kind of also wish I had taken notes But for a first full and complete read I can only say wow As good as LOTR but also very very different and I honestly and strongly do believe that in order to truly appreciate savour and enjoy what JRR Tolkien has created with and in The Silmarillion a totally different and novel approach and method of reading are necessary and reuired for The Silmarillion just does not work as a typical novel since it is not in any manner a typical novel and heck it is not even a typical epic for that matter either