#5 The Silmarillion – J. R. R. Tolkien

Title

The Silmarillion

Author

J. R. R. Tolkien

Genre

Fantasy, Mythopeia

Readability

Regular

Engagement

Medium

Score

score-3

Title (Original)

The Silmarillion

Year of Publication

1977

Cover

The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkien

Short Description & Notes

The Silmarillion is a compilation of short tales that take part before The Lord of the Rings, some not finished and also published in other volumes as the Unfinished Tales and The Children of Húrin. Mostly interesting for the fans of the Lord of the Rings. Advised read the Silmarillion after the trilogy. It is not a book to read in one night. Instead it is one to explore slowly and with patience.

“The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings, it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien’s world, the ancient drama to which characters in The Lord of the RIngs look back and in which some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.

The title Silmarillion is shortened from Quenta Silmarillion, “The History of the Silmarils,” the three great jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves, in which he imprisoned the light of the Two Trees that illumined Valinor, the land of the gods. When Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, destroyed the Trees, that light lived on only in the Silmarils; Morgoth seized them and set them in his crown, 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 people against the gods, their exile in Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all the heroisim of Elves and Men, against the great Enemy.

The book includes several other, shorter works beside The Silmarillion proper. Preceding it are “Ainulindale,” the myth of Creation, and “Valaquenta,” in which the nature and powers of each of the gods is set forth. After The Silmarillion is “Akallabeth,” the story of the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the Second Age; completing the volume is “Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age,” in which the events of The Lord of the Rings are treated in the manner of The Silmarillion.” – Goodreads: The Silmarillion

Remarkable Quotes

“Era uma vez Sauron, o maia a quem os Sindar, de Beleriand, chamavam Gorthaur. No princípio da Arda Melkor seduziu-o e conquistou a sua fidelidade e ele tornou-se o maior e o mais merecedor de confiança dos servidores do inimigo e o mais perigoso pois podia assumir muitas formas e, durante muito tempo, se a sua vontade o quisesse, poderia parecer nobre e belo, de forma a enganar todos menos os mais acautelados.”

Fun Facts

The tales included were edited and published after Tolkien’s death by his son Christopher.

Some quotes were used by the english rock band Led Zeppelin.

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