CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN (1924-2020) was the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth. J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
Gr 5-8-The epic history of the elves, and the grand creation story of Tolkien's magical world.
Tolkien's 1977 tale could be called the Paradise Lost of Middle Earth. It tells of the Godlike Ilúvatar's creation of all things, both physical and spiritual, in the Elder Days of Middle Earth in the First Age before the coming of elves and men. All was well until Melkor, Ilúvatar's mightiest and brightest offspring, grew jealous of his master, desired his own creations, and made things in private while corrupting the designs of Ilúvatar. Upon the discovery of his ill deeds, Melkor was cast down and became the first Dark Lord and scourge of Middle Earth (sound familiar?). Although it takes quite a while to get moving, the story eventually serves up epic battles of good and evil as Melkor, aided by his lieutenant, Sauron, who later figures prominently in The Lord of the Rings, is defeated by the human and elvin hosts of Middle Earth in a long and bitter war. Part 1 moves slowly while introducing numerous characters and plot points. Parts 2 and 3 have considerably more action. Actor Martin Shaw's reading is solid; it's the cardboard packaging that's flimsy. Recommended.‘Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
It is beautiful... an enchanting tale of tragedy and triumph... The Silmarillion is magical in teh grand old style. The Philadelphia Inquirer
Majestic!... Readers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will find in The Silmarillion a cosmology to call their own, medieval romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury... It overwhelms the reader. Time Magazine Heart-lifting... a work of power, eloquence and noble vision... Superb! The Wall Street Journal Essential reading for Tolkien lovers and an important book. The Baltimore Sun A creation of singular beauty... magnificent in its best moments. The Washington Post