The song of Ainur and the making of the world
The Darkening of Valinor and the flight of the Noldor
The siege of Angband and the coming of Men
Beren and Lúthien
Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the battle of unnumbered tears
The Children of Hurin
Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin
Eärendil and the War of Wrath
Akallabêth, the downfall of Númenor
Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
Don't get me depressed! I just started reading the book yesterday!
anyway I must agree the first parts are a we bit boring but interesting nonetheless .
This is'nt really endearing me to read this
But I will soldier on
Still, the Sil is a great book in many respects (I admit this despite my dislike of the fading of elves and dwarves) and should be given a fair chance by any reader of Fantasy or Tolkien. The first half isn't a complete waste of paper, despite a lot of long-winded pieces which were hard to keep the concentration up throughout. The creation myth might be quite boring, but it is also sleek and pretty smart, and the fury of Fëanor is one of the best parts of the book despite the glaring tragedy. (I can stand tragedies, but it is more than irritating when one's clear favourite character - not necessarily the primary ones - becomes the focus of some horrid story twists.)
Soldier on and find out yourself if the book is to your liking, and what parts are not.
Order. Unity. Obedience.
Tolkien once described his work with Middle-Earth as a new mythology, something to take pride in. What he meant was that of the original meltdown of cultures that became the UK never had a common mythology. Celts, Picts, Romans, Saxons and Vikings all was mixed up and that the UK never had their own national Epic Mythology like Finland had the Kaalevaala, Greece the Illiad and Scandinavia had our Norse Mythology. And that his work was a try to make up for that. This is of course my interpretation of a random letter that was read in a documentary. I do not claim knowing anything about Tolkiens purpose, but those reasons give room for speculation.
Yes, Turin Túrambar, the Dagnir Glaurunga, is pretty much Sigurd Fafnirsbane in Middle-Earth, but hey, which author would pass on making his own version of that?
The Children of Húrin is perhaps the piece of Silmarillion I personally like the best.
The curse of Morgoth does not only affect Turin, but also wreaks havoc wherever he goes.
(On a sidenote, does anyone know what happened to the Dragon Helmet of Dór-Lomin? Can't find a thing about where it went after Turin laid his hands on it)
The Silmarillion is Tolkiens own attempt at writing an Edda, an Illiad or even a re-write of the bible, for Middle-Earth. (And it's far more interesting than at least the bible)
Oh, and Tuor was great fun reading about, but his story just ends a tad to happily for my taste. Yes, I'm a horrible person.
"If we don't end war, war will end us."
I loved Fingolfin's solo charge to his doom all due to a misinterpretation of events. Just thought it was cool that he could wound the greatest of the Valar...
Fingolfin's duel with Morgoth was a fine point in the Sil, but I'd argue it doesn't come close to Fëanor's charge into a cohort of Balrogs. If nothing else, the latter would have looked splendid in a movie, and especially if Fëanor would have slain and wounded a few of the Balrogs.
On a side note:
Despite its age, Gondolin's fall always read as a surprisingly good story which would have fit into the wider writings without too much effort at editing and rewriting. The battle of Minas Tirith in The Return of the King was obviously inspired by the battle and faction descriptions, and these two pieces of writing are my favourites amongst Tolkien's work, along with The Hobbit, oddly enough. I'd have very much liked to see a finished version of Gondolin's fall, especially because I still wonder what Rog the elf would have been called had JRR Tolkien revisited the story.
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