I had read The Hobbit twice before and the Lord of the Rings once and a half As I ve stated, I dipped my toes in The Silmarillion, but never let myself dive in This time, in the interest of reading something other than required reading, I jumped in with both feet It was cold And deep And dark It took a while to feel my limbs It took even longer to get my arms and legs moving, but I soon found I was OK Still breathing and able to dog paddle As I worked my way into it and it was work , I discovered that certain tidbits in the myths and legends of middle earth rang familiar I knew that much of The Silmarillion had been back written after the fact, which might strike people as some sort of disingenuous act on the part of the Tolkiens I was thrilled Here I learned who Elrond was, the significance of the fall of Saruman, and the true nature of and relationship between Gandalf and the Balrog This was a revelation.
I plugged my way through and finished No, I didn t remember everything and I probably never will That summer was a unique opportunity for me, to read almost interrupted for such a long stretch I followed up by reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in succession, immediately after finishing The Silmarillion Then, and only then, did I appreciate the full magnitude of Tolkien s brilliance It was a whole new world I had already visited it, but now the scales fell from my eyes and I saw it in a whole new light The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were transformed, for me, from great books to epic.
Rather than being caught up in complaining about how difficult The Silmarillion was, I felt richly rewarded I had worked for the glittering prize and it was even beautiful than the time when I first laid eyes on it in that musty school library in Nebraska Can nostalgia be forward looking It was for me that summer I was caught in some sort of blissful time loop that only released me when the urgency of school set upon me again that fall But something joyful was sparked in me that hasn t ever fully left, thanks to The Silmarillion.
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R Tolkien The Silamarillion multiple times in the past and always unsuccessfully and had basically given up, but I finally did manage to realise that I was attempting to read it the wrong way I was trying to read The Silmarillion like I have read and with pleasure reread LOTR, as a story, an epic story, of course, but still first and foremost as a story Now while The Silmarillion is of course also partially a story, it is at least for me first and foremost a religious type document, a biblical, mythological account of the Elder Days of Middle Earth So this time, I read The Silmarillion the way I used to read my Bible and how I have also approached Hesiod s Theogony and other tomes on Greek, Roman and Norse mythology perusing small bits and pieces as needed and desired and following along via audiobook at the same time if possible And I do know this might indeed and in fact sound a bit strange, I actually tried singing some of the parts to myself And yes, I will likely have to reread The Simarillion sometime soon, because there is just no way I am going to be able to keep all of the different names etc clear in my head and I kind of also wish I had taken notes But for a first full and complete read, I can only say, wow As good as LOTR, but also very very different, and I honestly and strongly do believe that in order to truly appreciate, savour and enjoy what J.
R Tolkien has created with and in The Silmarillion a totally different and novel approach and method of reading are necessary and required for The Silmarillion just does not work as a typical novel, since it is not in any manner a typical novel, and heck, it is not even a typical epic for that matter either.
Ever since I joined GR I ve been putting off the writing of this book s review but since I m high as fuck on cold medicine I feel like I can do it so here suffer thru it Along long time ago a little 3rd world kid with an afro became fascinated of what he read on the internet about some British writer named Tolkien he wanted his books it became his obsession so he embarked on a quest to find his books and read the shit out of them but alas The book was no where to be found on his dumb little island but that wasn t going to stop our little afro hero he looked and looked, he went to used bookstores, he ordered 5 times in the expensive ones, he looked online, on the streets, even on the flea markets but they were not to be found one day after wating for 2 hours for his translator to finish translating and E copy of The Lord of The Ring The Fellowship of The Ring Into Spanish and realizing that it made no fucking sense once translated our little afro hero went into the internet and founded the only bookstore with most of Tolkien s work on stock in Spanish But there was only one problem the fucking bookstore was in freaking Spain the cost of the books SH was way of what our hairy friend had on his piggy bank so he did the unthinkable his parents had been bitching about his afro for months So he proposed to them that in exchange of his fro they should give him the books he wanted and they accepted in an act of self mutilation our fuzzy friend shaved his head to show his parent s his anger over making him lose his fro after that the money was given to him he could order now his parents weren t as stupid as he always thought and that day That day the curse was born It was like the curse of Feanor but lame, the books took an entire year to arrive now imagine our froless hero waiting and waiting and calling and emailing and checking and re checking for a whole mother fucking year with his shaved head for those of you who wonder this is why I will never again buy a book from the internet, I m fucking traumatized but when they got there how to put it into words I read the first book 600 pages in one day the second in 3 days, the third in 2 days, the fourth on a day and a half and then it was time for The Silmarillion I didn t know nothing about The Silmarillion I left it for last cuz I thought it would be the most boring one and boy was I wrong The first part The Music of the Ainur was such a mind blowing experience to me to the point of I cannot talk about anything else but how metal it sounded that my friends started complaining somebody got to the point of threaten me that if said something else about Melkor being the coolest I was going to get punch in the balls I mean if you ever read this book you should know how Melkor invented heavy metal on it then it was the lamps and all the gay stuff that I didn t like that s when I used to think Melkor was the coolest then came The Trees and I was just fascinated of how beautiful everything was I know it sounds mad gay But it was And then Melkor did something that made me stop thinking of him as the coolest he killed The Trees is not like I cried or anything like that but you know that was fuck up The guy is cool and all but I know it sounds stupid but I did like those Trees man by this time I was so lost in this book that one could actually call it an obsession I was walking while reading, talking to the characters if I were to get a penny for every time I told a character on this book turn back you fool I d be rich by now look I don t wanna ruin anything to anybody I could honestly talk for hours about how fucking awesome Feanor is Or how big Fingolfin s balls are bigger than Steven s or how beautiful Luthien was and how I wished she never met Beren, or how fucking sick and twisted Morgoth gets I mean the man was sick But I need to stop Cuz if I don t I ma be here for ever I wanna say is that Tolkien was the mother fucking greatest of all times man this is just such a beautiful book even tho the paper don t agree with me on this it was self mutilation She has no idea how attached I was to that fro Writing a review of The Silmarillion is like trying to review the Bible Where do you even start There s just so much story in here Any attempt to convey it in a review would be to do the book a massive disservice There would only ever be enough space to talk about one or a few elements of the work So instead I thought I d give my reasoning as to why every Tolkien enthusiast needs to read this in order to fully understand Tolkien the sheer depth of the workIt is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur than in any substance that is in this Earth and many of the Children of Il vatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen The history of middle earth is very rich, and it stretches a very long way Much further than the time of Sauron and the Ring And this sense of history is only very briefly glimpsed within The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit if at all The Silmarillion is the entire picture it is the entire vison of Tolkien s fantasy world It s a huge piece of world building, and there really is nothing else quite like it In here he relays a huge amount of history, a truly staggering amount for a fictional world to possess I often talk about the need for world building in fantasy, and here it is in full force It s astonishing It s beyond imaginative It goes further than anything before it and since And this is why Tolkien is the master of the genre He wasn t the first, and he certainly won t be the last to write such fiction, but he was the best writer to ever attempt it He than set the benchmark when he wrote this So if you re thinking about reading this, but find the task at hand a little bit too daunting, then stop thinking Pick this book and lose yourself in the history of the greatest fantasy universe ever created You won t regret it.