The Silmarillion

Hardcover, 386 pages

English language

Published June 7, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin.

ISBN:
978-0-618-39111-0
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4 stars (183 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.

89 editions

Lo he conseguido leer y es más entretenido de lo que esperaba

3 stars

En esta casa tuvimos otra nueva fiebre de ESDLA estos últimos veces. En mi cas me leí los apéndices del libro y me dije, ¿Por qué no me pongo con el Silmarillion a ver qué pasa?

Y ahí me puse, la creación, la Era de las Lámparas y el Despertar de los Elfos. La vida en Aman y los Árboles. Morgoth y sus maldades. El exilio a Beleriand y sus 5 guerras. Y la caída de Númenor. Será que no hay trasfondo en esta saga.

Hay muchas historias para elegir, con muchas mitología y diferentes narrativas. Algunas gustarán más y otras no. El mayor problema es que esto está contado como una gesta, como un Kojiki, un Beowulf, un Kalevala. Ríos de nombres en cada página y poca lírica en la historia, es casi un símil de una mitología como tenemos en otras civilizaciones, y de ahí que se haga …

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 'Silmarillion, the - Illustrated' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Well, I've listened to the whole thing. But I'm not really finished. This stuff is HARD, okay? You really really have to concentrate and I'm not sure I really got as much out of it as I could have done. I'm going to get the book out of the library and then I'm going to listen to it again WITH the book. That should get me the whole experience, I think. Withholding rating until then.

***

Have now read the book as well. I'll give it four stars because I liked it, but it was still a sufficiently difficult read that I don't really foresee myself re-reading it. At least not any time soon.

Review of 'The Silmarillion' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I've shied away from reading this for years simply because I thought it would be too dry. It turned out to be much easier and enjoyable reading than I had anticipated; I found it similar to reading classical myth and legend. Some of the tales here are quite beautiful though also quite tragic, and, of course, having all this backstory to Tolkien's world is quite enlightening.

Review of 'The Silmarillion' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

To me, the more I read this book, I know a little more about an entire world can be erected right from your imagination. The languages, the reasons, how the Middle Earth has come to be. The Music of the Ainur, the Iluvatar firstborns and why Tolkien sees the death as the mens' greatest benefit beyond all the other imortal races. You will need to read and reread this book. It's simply wonderful !

Review of 'The Silmarillion' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I read The Silmarillion as a young teenager, after having read [b:The Lord of the Rings|34|The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1)|J.R.R. Tolkien|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1156043001s/34.jpg|3204327] through a few times, and recalled liking it, but did not recall very much of it--and, as I discovered listening to it this time around, the parts that I recalled were not quite accurate. I won't review the actual story here, but just the audio version of this work.

The narration is well done. It has the feel of a wise teacher relating history and lore to a throng of willing ears. Also, it allows one to focus on the stories rather than pondering the proper pronunciation of the names of characters and places mentioned in the text.

The hard part of listening to a book like The Silmarillion is that one can easily find one's mind wandering. Although mostly interesting, there …

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