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jmarto1
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The Silmarillion

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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re: The Silmarillion
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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OMLandshark
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Its the bible of Middle Earth. One of the hardest reads I can think of.


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re: The Silmarillion
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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Siderophore
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I haven't read it.

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


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rballa19
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I started it and lost interest, was definitely too bibley.


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alabamabuckeye
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re: The Silmarillion
Sucks.


TigerNutwhack
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re: The Silmarillion
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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Hugo Stiglitz
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re: The Silmarillion
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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elprez00
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re: The Silmarillion
quote:

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?


jmarto1
LSU Fan
Houma, LA
Member since Mar 2008
15727 posts

re: The Silmarillion
No.


Siderophore
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re: The Silmarillion
If you can't even finish the hobbit, you'll never finish LOTR


BayouBengal51
LSU Fan
Alexandria, Louisiana
Member since Nov 2006
4501 posts

re: The Silmarillion
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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LSUSOBEAST1
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re: The Silmarillion
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Its the bible of Middle Earth. One of the hardest reads I can think of.


Yep. Very difficult to finish.


prplhze2000
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re: The Silmarillion
Just downloaded it. Compared to Beyond Good and Evil, piece of cake.


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iwyLSUiwy
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Member since Apr 2008
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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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LeonPhelps
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re: The Silmarillion
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!


heatom2
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re: The Silmarillion
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.


jmarto1
LSU Fan
Houma, LA
Member since Mar 2008
15727 posts

re: The Silmarillion
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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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Tigah in the ATL
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Only if you really like the Tolkien 'verse. It is much slower reading.


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