The Silmarillion

Hardcover, 386 pages

English language

Published June 7, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin.

ISBN:
9780618391110

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4 stars (46 reviews)

A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, The Silmarillion is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before The Hobbit.

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Readings for the lore fans / Lecture pour les fans de l'univers

5 stars

Étant fan de l'univers depuis ma vision de la trilogie puis la lecture des romans, j'ai apprécié les précisions à propos des origines et les filiations. Cette lecture se différencie notamment de LOTR par le peu de description. C'est plus une suite d'événements historiques qui nous ait raconté (un peu comme un-e prof d'histoire qui essaye de résumé son cours). Pour finir, une petite mention aux personnages féminins restreints à des rôles stéréotypés (mère, épouse, sœur de) et plutôt décrites par leur beauté que par leurs compétences. Critique qui était déjà présente dans LOTR. Je conseil cette lecture aux fans de l’univers ou aux personnes voulant approfondir le lore sinon s'abstenir.

Kuivaa ja unettavaa

1 star

Nyt on tämäkin järkäle kahlattu (englanniksi vieläpä). Aikakirjamaisen tiivis proosaluettelo kuvitteellisen maailman tapahtumista, välillä kerrontaa hidastetaan jonkin tärkeän käännekohdan ympärillä, mutta sitten kuitataan taas muutama vuosisata parilla lauseella. Jos tykkää aikakirjaproosaa lukea, suosittelen mieluummin jotain oikeita historiallisia aikakirjoja. Muut kuin hardcore-tolkienistit tuskin kostuvat tästä mitään.

Review of 'The Silmarillion' on Goodreads

4 stars

1) "Do not laugh! But once upon a time (my crest has long since fallen) I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogonic, to the level of romantic fairy-story -- the larger founded on the lesser in contact with the earth, the lesser drawing splendour from the vast backcloths -- which I could dedicate simply to: to England; to my country."

2) "In the beginning Eru, the One, who in the Elvish tongue is named Ilúvatar, made the Ainur of his thought; and they made a great Music before him. In this Music the World was begun; for Ilúvatar made visible the song of the Ainur, and they beheld it as a light in the darkness. And many among them became enamoured of its beauty, and of its history which they saw beginning and unfolding as in a …

Review of 'The Silmarillion' on Goodreads

4 stars

''Now news came to Hithlum that Dorthonion was lost and the sons of Finarfin overthrown, and that the sons of Fëanor were driven from their lands. Then Fingolfin beheld (as it seemed to him) the utter ruin of the Noldor, and the defeat beyond redress of all their houses; and filled with wrath and despair he mounted upon Rochallor his great horse and rode forth alone, and none might restrain him. He passed over Dor-nu-Fauglith like a wind amid the dust, and all that beheld his onset fled in amaze, thinking that Oromë himself was come: for a great madness of rage was upon him, so that his eyes shone like the eyes of the Valar. Thus he came alone to Angband's gates, and he sounded his horn, and smote once more upon the brazen doors, and challenged Morgoth to come forth to single combat. And Morgoth came.''

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Subjects

  • Middle Earth (Imaginary place) -- Fiction
  • Fantasy fiction, English