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The Silmarillion

Tolkien, J. R. R.; Edited by Christopher Tolkien

ISBN 10: 0395257301 / ISBN 13: 9780395257302
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, U.S.A., 1977
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First American Edition Stated; First Printing Stated with complete number line intact. The full cloth hardcover binding is clean and solid with light shelf wear to the board corners. The interior and text are clean and unmarked with nice even red topstain. The dustjacket remains unclipped ($10.95) and is bright and attractive with some small chips missing from the spine ends and a triangular closed tear along the bottom edge of the front panel; presents well under fresh archival mylar. A clean, solid copy in attractive jacket of the first printing. 365pp + fold-out map. Bookseller Inventory # 006583

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Title: The Silmarillion

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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"Majestic! . . . Readers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will find in The Silmarillion a cosmology to call their own, medieval romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury . . . It overwhelms the reader." - Time The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age, this is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part. The three Silmarils were jewels created by FŽanor, most gifted of the Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the Trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord. Thereafter, the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in the Silmarils, but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown, which was guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth. The Silmarillion is the history of the rebellion of FŽanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy. "A creation of singular beauty . . . magnificent in its best moments." - Washington Post "Heart-lifting . . . a work of power, eloquence and noble vision . . . Superb!" - Wall Street Journal

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The Silmarillion is J.R.R. Tolkien's tragic, operatic history of the First Age of Middle-Earth, essential background material for serious readers of the classic Lord of the Rings saga. Tolkien's work sets the standard for fantasy, and this audio version of the "Bible of Middle-Earth" does The Silmarillion justice. Martin Shaw's reading is grave and resonant, conveying all the powerful events and emotions that shaped elven and human history long before Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and all the rest embarked on their quests. Beginning with the Music of the Ainur, The Silmarillion tells a tale of the Elder Days, when Elves and Men became estranged by the Dark Lord Morgoth's lust for the Silmarils, pure and powerful magic jewels. Even the love between a human warrior and the daughter of the Elven king cannot defeat Morgoth, but the War of Wrath finally brings down the Dark Lord. Peace reigns until the evil Sauron recovers the Rings of Power and sets the stage for the events told in the Lord of the Rings. This is epic fantasy at its finest, thrillingly read and gloriously unabridged. (Running time: 14 hours, 6 CDs)

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