The Silmarillion
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The Silmarillion
Posted by jmarto1 on 12/30 at 11:33 pm
I'm currently reading The Hobbit and figure I will go ahead and read The Lord of the Rings. I know very little about the Silmarillion other than what I have read on Wikipedia. Is it worth picking up to read?


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Posted by Friend of OBUDan on 12/30 at 11:49 pm to jmarto1
I liked it a lot. Not like the other books. Just a collection of stories with different main characters in the pre-Hobbit time period. It's definitely useful in filling out the full mythology of the LOTR universe.


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Posted by OMLandshark on 12/30 at 11:50 pm to jmarto1
Its the bible of Middle Earth. One of the hardest reads I can think of.


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Posted by Friend of OBUDan on 12/30 at 11:54 pm to OMLandshark
Yeah its very Judges through 2Chronicles-esque. Some pretty cool stories in there though. The story of the City of Gondolin was pretty great and Fingolfin is probably the biggest badass in the entire LOTR universe.


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Posted by Siderophore on 12/31 at 2:37 am to OMLandshark
I haven't read it.

I feel I can get enough background reading a LOTR centric wiki.



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Posted by rballa19 on 12/31 at 2:58 am to jmarto1
I started it and lost interest, was definitely too bibley.


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Posted by alabamabuckeye on 12/31 at 8:29 am to jmarto1
Sucks.


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Posted by TigerNutwhack on 12/31 at 8:37 am to alabamabuckeye
I started reading it a few times but kept getting bogged down. However, I just started listening to the audio version, and that is going much better. I would suggest giving that a try. I'm pretty sure the entire thing is available on YouTube.


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Posted by Hugo Stiglitz on 12/31 at 8:39 am to jmarto1
Read it, it's great.

It reads like the bible at first but then gets much better.

I'm probably going to read it again after all this talk.



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Posted by elprez00 on 12/31 at 8:44 am to jmarto1
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I'm currently reading The Hobbit and figure I will go ahead and read The Lord of the Rings


Have you ever read The Lord of the Rings before?



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Posted by jmarto1 on 12/31 at 8:53 am to elprez00
No.


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Posted by Siderophore on 12/31 at 10:29 am to jmarto1
If you can't even finish the hobbit, you'll never finish LOTR


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Posted by BayouBengal51 on 12/31 at 10:40 am to Siderophore
I have it and I love the book. It is definitely worth if after reading The Hobbit and the LOTR. It will tie everything together for you.


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Posted by LSUSOBEAST1 on 12/31 at 11:21 am to OMLandshark
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Its the bible of Middle Earth. One of the hardest reads I can think of.


Yep. Very difficult to finish.



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Posted by prplhze2000 on 12/31 at 11:22 am to LSUSOBEAST1
Just downloaded it. Compared to Beyond Good and Evil, piece of cake.


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Posted by iwyLSUiwy on 12/31 at 11:25 am to jmarto1
If you're going to read the others, you might as well read The Silmarillion. It's a really hard read but it also is beautifully written. If you read the others and don't really enjoy them, I wouldn't recccommend reading it though. There are parts most everybody has to struggle through at some point in the book.


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Posted by LeonPhelps on 12/31 at 2:34 pm to jmarto1
I have read it twice and flew through it both times. It is my favorite out of all of Tolkien's books. It is exceptional. Definitely worth reading.

To the person who said Fingolfin was the biggest badass, Feanor says hello. Feanor, the guy who created the silmarils for which the book is named, the guy who created all of the palantir (pivotal in Lord of the Rings), and the guy who drove the elves from the Undying Lands back to Middle Earth in search of the silmarils after they were stolen by Morgoth. His spirit was so fiery that, upon his death from wounds in battle, his body instantly consumed into ashes. That is some badass stuff!



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Posted by heatom2 on 12/31 at 4:10 pm to LeonPhelps
I don't understand what's so hard to read about it. I enjoyed it very much, the only reason I didn't read it sooner was because of threads like these.

The hardest part is keeping up with the names of the characters, some of them run together.



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Posted by jmarto1 on 12/31 at 4:35 pm to Siderophore
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If you can't even finish the hobbit, you'll never finish LOTR


Who said I can't finish it? I just started it yesterday. ASOIAF makes The Hobbit look like a pop up. I do see where Martin got much of his influence from.



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Posted by Tigah in the ATL on 12/31 at 7:45 pm to jmarto1
Only if you really like the Tolkien 'verse. It is much slower reading.


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