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The Silmarillion tells of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's World, when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle Earth, and the High Elves made war upon them for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor. It is to this ancient drama that the characters in The Lord of the Rings so often look back to.
Before the world began, the startling beauty of the Holy Ones awakened into song. The sound, like countless choirs, became an ever-changing melody. It was the music of the Ainur that set the world spinning within the endless habitation of space. Music filled the earth with air and fire and water; stone and silver and gold; vast halls and spaces. And Music it was that caused the Children of Invatar, Men and Elves, to be born.
Of the Elven races, it was the Noldor, the most skilled of Elves in Earthlore, who first achieved the power of making gems. And it was the great Elf FÙanor who made the Silmarils, the fairest of all gems, long since lost. Kept within the Silmarils was the glory of the light of the Two Trees of Valinor, long after the Trees themselves were poisoned by the greed of the first Dark Lord Morgoth. These three great living jewels were hallowed so no mortal flesh nor anything evil may touch them. But deep within His fortress underground, the Dark Lord lusted after them. The peaceful days of Valinor were numbered, and despite the revolt of the Elves, the Dark Lord triumphed. As was His wish, Elves and Men became estranged. Those of the Elven race waned and faded and men usurped the sunlight....
The Silmarillion, considered to be Tolkien's most important work, is the story of the creation of the world and the happenings of the First Age, clearly setting the stage for all his other works. With a superb performance by Martin Shaw, this first installment of three volumes will thrill and delight Tolkien fans of all ages, and listeners will treasure this extraordinary presentation for years to come.
Set in a time far earlier than Tolkien's master works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this is the epic history of the elves, and the grand creation story of Tolkien's magical world. Never published in his lifetime, "The Silmarillion" is an essential compendium for all Tolkien fans.
Set in a time far earlier than Tolkien's master works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this is the epic history of the elves, and the grand story of the creation of Tolkien's magical world. The Lord of the Rings narrated the great events at the end of the Third Age; but the tales of The Silmarillion are legends deriving from a much deeper past, when Morgoth. the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils. Never published in the author's lifetime, "The Silmarillion" is an essential compendium for all Tolkien fans. It will be published in five consecutive volumes, each completely unabridged and also available on CD. The series contains not only the Quenta Silmarillion, but four other short works: the Ainulindale, Valaquenta, Akallabeth and Of the Rings of Power.
Time Magazine called it "Majestic...fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will find in (this work) a cosmology to call their own...medieval romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars...it overwhelms (the listener)".