September 15, 2017
"The Silmarillion" Turns 40
Today is a special Tolkien-related day: The Silmrillion is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
As of this writing, there doesn't appear to be any celebratory editions, related publications or events; however, I wished to make note of the occasion.
The Silmarillion is the myths and legends of Middle-earth, and includes the epic history of the elves. It is a book, yes, but not neccessarily a "novel" in the sense that it has a narrative. The books reads more like a historic account, or more akin to mythic fantasy; much like The Bible, and other religious texts.
Because of this, it is a slightly more difficult read than The Lord of the Rings, because of this (as well as the fact that it also covers the events from The Lord of the Rings) it is recommended to read The Silmarillion after The Lord of the Rings; including the Appendices and post-story material.
Other the years, there have been a few editions of The Silmarillion (thought not as many as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, sadly).
Here, I shall share some of the recent note-worthy editions: