The Silmarillion

Close-up of female figures on Silmarillion cover.
Creatures in the art on the 2001 paperback Silmarillion cover.

To the bestseller list in 1977 did The Silmarillion penned by J. R. R. Tolkien, ascend, whose passing had some four years before occurred.

By Christopher son of Tolkien in filial duty from notebooks scribbled and aged were fitted his sire’s tales of the creation and of the First Age of the World wherein Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves upon him made war to reclaim the Silmarils.

Those three great fiery jewels by Fëanor  made to contain imperishable the glory of the Blessed Realm had Morgoth seized and within his crown had set, guarded within his fortress Angband.

Praised much has been the beauteous language of The Silmarillion but this reader wearied of that beauty, desiring ever the longer to see characters wherein distinguished could be  Elf, or Man, or Dwarf without recourse required be to the Index of Names.

Of sentences long and cunningly crafted doth The Silmarillion consist, and rare it is for one to plainly speak and straightforward tell its tale with grammar clear and modifiers that squinteth not.

In the glory and the beauty of the Elves and in their fate may others find great pleasure, for me The Silmarillion delighteth not.

The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
Christopher Tolkien, ed.
2nd American ed. [paperback] (pub. 2001)
Houghton Mifflin, ©1977, ©1981, ©1999. 365 p.
1977 bestseller #1. My grade: C

© 2018 Linda Gorton Aragoni

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Linda G. Aragoni

I make big ideas simple for learners. In eight sentences, 34 words, I taught teens and adults to write competently. Now I'm writing guides to turn willing volunteers into great nursing home visitors.

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