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The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
Audiobook14 hours

The Silmarillion

Written by J. R. R. Tolkien

Narrated by Martin Shaw

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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About this audiobook

The forerunner to The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion tells the earlier history of Middle-earth, recounting the events of the First and Second Ages, and introducing some of the key characters, such as Galadriel, Elrond, Elendil and the Dark Lord, Sauron.

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. The Ainulindale is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabeth recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Númenor at the 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 The Lord of the Rings.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateOct 29, 2015
ISBN9780008168537
The Silmarillion
Author

J. R. R. Tolkien

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Tolkien's elves are amongst my favorite characters in the world of ME. This excellent history of the elves in ME was compiled by Tolkien's son Christopher.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    The amazing backstory to the Lord of the Rings. Worth having merely for the "Quenta Silmarillion" -- the creation story. The rest is great, but I can't give it more stars because the language is so dense and long and difficult to get through.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Not as easy or fun to read as the trilogy or "There and Back Again" but provides interesting background for true Tolkien fans.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    some parts had poor audio (overlapping narration). not sure if my device or the download was the issue.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    1/5
    Horrible. It reads like a textbook and put me right to sleep…so great for my insomnia. There is no story at all to this book. Only contains the world building facts. If you are a huge fan of Tolkien and just want more facts about the world, then this book is for you. If you like to hear a good story, however, just walk away from this one. I couldn’t even finish. I thought it was going to be more stories about the older characters, I was wrong.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    So magical and whimsical and full of adventure! This book is not for those who are bored with history, fictional or real. It’s not a difficult book, it’s a magical one.