was published posthumously during the 1970s following J.R.R. Tolkien's death by his youngest son Christopher, who for some reason dislike Peter Jackson's trilogy movies to the degree where he has broken contacts with his own son, who supported the movie project. Tolkien's publishers had earlier rejected the book, but chose to ride on the success of The Hobbit
and the L.o.t.r. trilogy.
is a book filled with tragedy, which once was common in stories but nowadays mostly seem alien after nearly a century of Hollywood good endings. This might in some part explain the limited amount of readers which Silmarillion
has attained as opposed to the trilogy and the book about Bilbo. More importantly, however, must be the complete lack of humour which permeats its pages, and because of its history-bookish chronicling of events, the Silmarillion
also lacks the novels' in-depth style and ability to grip the reader by clever building up of plot and reinforcing descriptions. It is well known amongst Lotr readers that Silmarillion is a heavy book close to the Bible in ease of reading, which seem odd since a lot of the stories were influenced by old Norse mythology, and that stuff doesn't lack humour in the slightest.