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Silmarillion
Silmarillion | J R R Tolkien
Majestic! . . . Readers of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" will find in "The Silmarillion" a cosmology to call their own, medieval romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury . . . It overwhelms the reader. "Time " The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age, this is the ancient drama to which the characters in "The Lord of the Rings" look back and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part. The three Silmarils were jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the Trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord. Thereafter, the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in the Silmarils, but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown, which was guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth. "The Silmarillion" is the history of the rebellion of Feanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy. A creation of singular beauty . . . magnificent in its best moments. " Washington Post " Heart-lifting . . . a work of power, eloquence and noble vision . . . Superb! "Wall Street Journal ""
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Tahlia_Reads_And_Knits
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What a beautiful edition of the Simarillion! The cover, art, the whole appearance of this book enhances the reading experience… as well as making a pretty addition to one‘s bookshelf..

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jitteryjane724
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Having a hard time moving through this one. It's a library book and I'm feeling a bit defeated thinking that even if I renew it I may not finish it in time. Everything is slipping through my memory as I try to hang on (even with note-taking, referencing, etc). It's such a big world! I would love to see it be a movie or show with each chapter as a long episode.

#fantasy #epicworlds #lordoftherings #middleearth

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jitteryjane724
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"...it is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance else that is in this Earth ; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen."

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jitteryjane724
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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So it begins. Excited and nervous at the same time - curious to see how much this will help me understand Middle Earth and tie things together in the LotR/Hobbit books, but a little apprehensive as people have told me how tough it can be to get through this book as well. Hoping this will provide context to side remarks in the books and movies!

galueth28 Don't be afraid to check the family trees at the end, it helps to keep track of everyone 😉 3mo
jitteryjane724 @galueth28 thanks! I'm actually taking notes as well 😄 I really want to get this! 3mo
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Deifio
The Silmarillion | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Pickpick

Finished! I've got to say without The Legendarium Podcasts read-along I never would have gotten through some of the boring parts. But all in all I really loved this. It reads more like a history than a story. And I highly recommend reading it with a friend or with a podcast. Makes it soo much more enjoyable!

Daisey I love Tolkien‘s writing, and I completely agree with this. I‘ve read it at least three times and enjoyed it more each time, especially with discussion. 5mo
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swynn
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Mehso-so

This was the bestselling book in the U.S. in 1977. It's a collection of chronicles telling stories of Tolkien's Middle-Earth, from the beginning up to the events of the Lord of the Rings. It's not an easy book, and it's more interested in atmosphere than in keeping the readers attention. I bounced off it forty years ago, so was pleased on this attempt to find it challenging but not awful. I even enjoyed it, but had to consume it in small chunks.

vivastory I wonder if the upcoming LOTR show is based on this? 5mo
swynn @vivastory My understanding is, the new series is supposed to tell stories that are consistent with the Silmarillion, but not necessarily drawn from it. But really, I'm curious too. (edited) 5mo
vivastory Yeah, it looks interesting. I've been meaning to read this since finishing LOTR a few years ago. 5mo
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swynn
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There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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khooliha
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien

Going to be starting to read this book soon, for the love of a podcast. Honestly, planning on slotting it into the short story a day habit I'm cultivating, which is me making assumptions about the nature of these chapters! Wish me luck...

Nutmegnc 😱 Good luck 😬 6mo
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Bookwomble
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"All have their worth and each contributes to the worth of the others."

#ThinkPositiveBePositive
@fredamans

fredamans So very true!! 7mo
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Deifio
The Silmarillion | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Still reading along with The Legendarium podcast. On chapter 16 at the moment.
I still have a cold (since 2 weeks!) and it's hard to read sometimes because I'm soo tired or my head hurts. Doctor said my immune system is shot. So lots of rest, vitamins and tissues. But I do think it's going better the past two days.

mandarchy I hope you feel better soon. That does not sound like fun. 8mo
UwannaPublishme Feel better! 🌻 8mo
Deifio @mandarchy @UwannaPublishme Thank you! It's getting better albeit very slowly. 8mo
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galueth28
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February #bookreport:

Read 7 books
3 physical
1 from Library
2 for #bookspin, 2 for #roll100, 2 for #ReadingAfrica2022 - O Alegre Canto da Perdiz by Paulina Chiziane (Mozambique) and Children of the Benin Kingdom by Dinah Orji (Nigeria)

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Susanita
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Accidental screenshot from the Rings of Power trailer😀

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galueth28
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Pickpick

This is one of my favourite books ever (I'm one of thise weird people who prefers it to Lord of the Rings 😊). I love the epic scope and that a lot of stuff happens, and all the backstory of Middle Earth.

#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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galueth28
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Plans for February:

#bookspin and #doublespin are The Silmarillion (one of my old favourites) and Samarcanda (new author!)

Using #roll100 to get through my ebooks. This month I'm reading Sligtly Scandalous by Mary Balogh.

Nigh Circus came from the library.

For #ReadingAfrica2022, I'm currently reading O Alegre Canto da Perdiz by Paulina Chiziane #Mozambique (doesn't seem to have an english translation).

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Deifio
The Silmarillion | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Listening to the book and also The Legendariums read-along podcast. I like the book so far.
I'm on the front part of the jumper, the back is finished!

#audiocrafting

Soubhiville Love the colors. 10mo
Deifio @Soubhiville thanks! That was actually the only option I had, as my wool shop doesn't usually stock that many skeins of one colour 😅 10mo
Soubhiville I actually used to have a sweater in these colors, striped just like this. It was light weight and wide necked so it fell off a shoulder, and it was my favorite. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 💗 10mo
UwannaPublishme Beautiful! 🙌🏻 10mo
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galueth28
The Silmarillion | J. R. R. Tolkien
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#bookspin list for January 😀
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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SilverShanica
Silmarillion | J R R Tolkien
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 352.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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Libby1
The Silmarillion | J. R. R. Tolkien
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My husband has been begging me for YEARS to read The Silmarillon. He has this beautiful and expensive edition that makes it impossible for me to say no.

So far, I‘ve been taking notes to try to keep the characters straight! Some of the writing and ideas are absolutely splendid (Niessa, anyone?), but it is certainly challenging to read.

Any other Silmarillion fans out there?

StaceGhost Yes! A friend gave it to me when I turned 16 and I remember it started out super dense. You're inspiring me to revisit it! I remember my copy was nicotine-stained and smelled awful but I loved it :) 14mo
BookwormAHN I've read it a few times and love it 💚 13mo
ozma.of.oz Yes! Give me all the lore! I have a copy somewhere filled with post it notes! 😅 (edited) 13mo
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BarkingMadRead
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Pedicure and a book, perfect together. This is my #doublebookspin for July! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
BarkingMadRead I‘m bailing on this @TheAromaofBooks i thought it was a novel but it‘s more of a compendium that reads like the Bible and that‘s not what I‘m looking for right now! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Totally understandable. I haven't tried this one yet, but I've definitely heard it's more of a reference/background book instead of an actual story. 1y
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sharread
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Pickpick

Wow this was an interesting read. There wasn't much to the world building but the characters were thoroughly explored. I could see how J.R.R. Tolkien used this as a brain storm of character building for his most famous novels. Getting into a gifted writer's craft was what I felt about this novel. If you read this, reading the bible should be easy. 😅❤

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BarkingMadRead
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Finally put my July #bookspin together! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Roary47 Looks like a great list! Happy reading. 💛 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! You have a couple chunkster in there!!! 1y
BarkingMadRead @TheAromaofBooks I‘m a sucker for a chunkster! 1y
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Susanita
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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One of a very few #gray books on my shelves and one I‘m unlikely to reread…but one never knows. #curiouscovers

Eggs 👏🏻📚☑️👌🏼 1y
JazzFeathers Oh, it's absolutely awesome in reread! It is a complex story and it's easier to catch the many nouances when you're already famiar with the plot. 1y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Continued from previous post...

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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These are so good!

BookwormAHN Quite accurate 😸 2y
julesG 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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PezFilledCookies
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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“... and a sound arose of endless interchanging melodies woven in harmony that passed beyond hearing into the depths and into the heights, and the places of the dwelling of Ilúvatar were filled to overflowing, and the music and the echo of the music went out into the Void, and it was not void.”

#CurrentlyReading #JRRTolkien #TheSilmarillion #LotR #MiddleEarth

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JazzFeathers
The Silmarillion | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Bought these from Luna Press.
The indexes sound so interesting 😃

#FellowshipOfTolkien

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JazzFeathers
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The Akallabeth has always been one of my favourite stories in The Silmarillion.
How reading through The History of Middle Earth has given me such a deeper understanding of it.

I love the symbol of the star, the promise land and the exile here.

#FellowshipOfTolkuen

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Daisey
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I‘m sure a few of you were wondering if I was going to fit Tolkien into my great reads for the year. I reread The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion along with continuing the History of Middle-Earth. As much as I love LotR every time, I‘m sharing The Silmarillion today. On at least a third read and after all the other Tolkien reading, it was so much simpler to get through and thoroughly enjoyable.

#12BooksOf2020 #FellowshipOfTolkien

JazzFeathers True. These characters have become so familiar that they are almost second nature now. 2y
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Ke633
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Love this cover art on this copy of The Sil!

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AllisonM89
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien

#3books #ihaventreadbutshould

The Silmarillion
Emma
Wuthering Heights

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TheNeverendingTBR
The Silmarillion | J.R.R. Tolkien
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I read The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring but I got lazy and ended up settling with the thought that the rest of the movies were on point but I'd like to actually read The Two Towers & Return of the King at some point and read these other books from Tolkien like this gorgeous one, The Silmarillion. 🧙‍♂️🧝‍♀️💫

Wish I read all of the books first, I like using my own imagination and not have it laid out for me. 😏

#jrrtolkien

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm The Silmarillion!! ❤️😍❤️ That is definitely a task! 😅 Enjoy! Your copy is lovely! 2y
Schnoebs So how I‘ve managed to keep away from spoiler for the hobbit and lotr. This year I decided I wanted to read them and then watch the movie. I read the hobbit and really enjoyed it (except for the ending which made me so angry). But because it‘s three movies, I‘m not sure if I want to watch them. Then I moved on to the Fellowship and watched the movie right after it! I recently finished Two Towers and not need to watch that before moving on! 2y
Schnoebs I‘m hoping to finish the Silmarillion before the end of the year! 2y
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TheNeverendingTBR @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm You consider it a difficult but great read? 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @Schnoebs How you liking The Silmarillion? 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @Schnoebs The Hobbit was amazing, it's one of my comfort reads; it's crazy it got made into a trilogy - being such a short book and all. 2y
Schnoebs Not there yet lol. I‘m starting the King Returns this month and plan to pick up the silmarillion in October or November. Listening to the audiobooks and following along physically has made reading go quickly and easily. Plus it makes me feel comfortable that everything is being pronounced correctly 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @Schnoebs This is exactly the reason I joined Audible, I love listening to certain books while reading alongside it - it helps me concentrate and is great when I'm in a reading slump! 💫 2y
Schnoebs Same!!!! I do audible for their exclusive books but use Scribd for most others. They have all the LOTR audiobooks on there so that‘s what I‘ve been using 2y
Santie This book is so RICH!! The writing, the story, the craft... I LITERALLY MISS THIS BOOK like it‘s a person. 2y
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Zaccardi337
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Pickpick

Well that was the most time consuming 300 page book I‘ve ever had to read, literally every chapter in this book has enough information to be considered there own short story varying from a slew of characters from different races and ages from the world of middle-earth. Only recommend if you want to learn more back story on the world of The Lord of the Rings

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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The real stars of the Pirates movies...

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 those two were great! 2y
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midhun.j.zacharia
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Pickpick

This one was pending with me for a really long time. What an epic, almost biblical!

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Daisey
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I generally don‘t get as much reading time in the summer, so June was just an ok reading month. I read no books from my owned Mt. TBR books and no new to me books on the 1001 list. I also usually choose a favorite from new reads, but this month the #FellowshipofTolkien #reread of The Silmarillion was absolutely my favorite read.

#ReadingStats #MonthlyStats

jewright You Tolkien obsessed you! 😂😜🥰 2y
Daisey @jewright Yep! And proud of it! 📚 😃 2y
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Daisey
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Pickpick

This book has been better each of the three times I‘ve read it. I know that‘s a lot of effort, but it‘s so full of information that it takes a while to truly wrap your mind around all of it. The level of world building and myth making that supports all of Tolkien‘s stories of Middle-Earth makes it a worthwhile and amazing read to me. I‘m looking forward to delving into more background with Morgoth‘s Ring!

#FellowshipofTolkien

Daisey I also enjoyed several episodes of The Prancing Pony podcast‘s discussion of this book. I hope to listen to more later as I have more time. 2y
JazzFeathers So very true. And l have to find time to listen to more episodes of the Prancing Pony Podcast! 2y
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BookwormAHN
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Pickpick

Another great reread of The Silmarillion. The audiobook is favorite and Martin Shaw is a fantastic narrator ❤
#FellowshipofTolkien
#ReadYourSign Leo's ruling planet is the Sun and the Silmarillion tells the tale of the creation of the Sun.
@Clwojick @Meaw_catlady

Daisey I didn‘t listen to all of the audiobook, I enjoy Tolkien more in print, but I listened to some chapters and enjoyed the narration. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I listened to this version this time too, I also enjoyed his narration. It was like a good storyteller telling you a story every night. 2y
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa l listened to the first two chapters, and l enjoyed it, yet l shifted back to paper. I suppose that like @Daisey l prepar Tolkien on paper. 2y
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short_soprano
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No longer confused about the gods, but now confused with all the Elves. I suppose I should make another chart...

annahenke 😂 2y
oscarwhylde this is a big mood 2y
JazzFeathers 😂 Tough my suggestion to first-time reads is to disreguard the genealogies and just enjoy the story. 2y
short_soprano @JazzFeathers this is my second time reading it 😉 2y
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JazzFeathers
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#FellowshipOfTolkien

Actually finished the Silmarillion yesterday.
Loved this last part regarding the Rings of Power. I feel as if it makes a lot more sense than even the last time l read it two years ago.

What can l say? This time l flew through the book. It was like going back to old friends l know a lot better than first time l met them. Maybe that's why l feel l understand them so much better now.

Bookwomble The joy of rereading 😊 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I completely agree! 2y
JazzFeathers @Bookwomble That's really true. 2y
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa The Silmarillion is such a unique book in so many ways. Though l think first-time reader will hate it when l'll tell them they have to be ready to read it at least twice 😆 2y
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers It really is a book that needs rereading to truly appreciate. I marked this quote as well, as it seems to express a major theme of Tolkien‘s. 2y
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Daisey
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I haven‘t been home much the last couple of days, so Gandalf demanded some attention before I could settle in to read the Akallabeth. Again, this story makes so much more sense after multiple readings. I can get through all those kings‘ names now without feeling overwhelmed and keep track of the family connections. It‘s a tough story of the failure of men, but it also ends with clear hope for what is to come.

#FellowshipofTolkien #CatsofLitsy

merelybookish That face! 😻 2y
TheBee 🌷♥️🌷 2y
Cupcake12 Pure contentment ❤️ 2y
JazzFeathers I adore the Akallabeth. Always been one of my favourite part of the Silmarillion. And after reading Tolkien‘s thoughts about the concept of the Fall, l'm seeing it in a different light. 2y
Daisey @JazzFeathers I have to admit that the Fall of Numenor was really not a story that caught my attention in early readings. I was much more interested in more character based stories of the Quenta Silmarillion. It‘s good to really get this one now. (edited) 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Pickpick

I never thought I‘d say this, but I‘m so glad we decided to re-read this one #FellowshipOfTolkien. After the first time around, it was my least favorite Tolkien, but I definitely got more out of this one the second time around, after reading a bunch of The Histories Of Middle Earth and newer stand alone books like The Fall of Gondolin and The Children of Húrin. So a big ? to Group Reading and carrying on with Tolkien!

annahenke Interesting. Maybe I‘ll read this after all! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @annahenke I‘ll be honest, I really struggled with this one when I first read it a few years ago, but I‘ve been working my way through the History of Middle Earth series with a group here on Litsy, which goes into more depth on a bunch of these stories...which makes it much easier to follow the characters and stories when I reread this one now. 2y
annahenke Sounds like a cool project! 2y
JazzFeathers I know readers hate to hear this, but really the Silmarillion needs to be read more than once. By now, l'm so familiar with the names and the different storylines, l have no difficulty following the story. So now l can really SEE what's inside it, in between the lines. 2y
Daisey @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I completely agree! I‘m on my third reading, and the first two were several years apart. Those times I did appreciate it, but this time I‘m truly enjoying it and seeing so much more in the stories. 2y
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JazzFeathers
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#FellowshipOfTolkien

The Akallabeth is such a fantastic story. There's everything in it: hope, trust, wisdom. And the envy, mistrust, deceive and self-deceive. Prevarication, decadence, darkness.

I hope Amazon will do a good job with it. If they do, l think the series will be brilliant.
But then, l also think that if they won't do a good job, it will be so very terrible.
So l don't know what to expect...

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HannaPolkadots
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Pickpick

Finished a few days early, because I simply could not stop reading 🙈☺ and now I want to reread Lord of the Rings ❤ I think The Silmarillion is such a great story, even now when my concentration has been a bit off, because it tells so many different stories, it is almost like reading a short story collection. Love it. #fellowshipoftolkien

Daisey I agree! It‘s often very like a short story collection and so good. 2y
JazzFeathers 😁👏👏👏💪😊 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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#FellowshipOfTolkien

This story of the journey back and the culmination of the curse always makes me sad...and Elwing always gets left behind, which I personally hate. It‘s one of the places I wish he‘d given the female lead a bit more to do then wait, turn into a bird, wait, talk to elves, wait some more, and talk to birds.... maybe in the later Silmarillion books 🤞

Watercolor from Pictures by JRR Tolkien

JazzFeathers That's quite interesting, because l had the opposit feeling. I mean, to me it looked like Elwing never accepted to be left behind, no matter whether her destiny was special or not. 2y
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Daisey
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The story of Turin & Nienor is so sad, but it is also so good. Very seldom do I really like tragic stories, but this is one of the few I truly appreciate. I think a large part of the credit goes to the dragon Glaurung. His deception and power is such an integral piece of this story. I also like the aspect of the speaking sword.

#FellowshipofTolkien

BookwormAHN I agree 💙 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Shifty Dragons! 2y
JazzFeathers Glaurung is one of my favourite characters in the Silmarillion. I like that he has an agency and the means to reach his goal, and is not simply a devise of evil. I also appreciate the story, now a lot more than the first time l read it. 2y
Daisey @BookwormAHN @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers Yes, Glaurung is a great character! I guess I should clarify that I did not enjoy this as much in the beginning. It like other stories in The Silmarillion has grown on me. 2y
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Daisey
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I‘m apparently getting further behind rather than catching up, but I wanted to share this quote about lembas. I find it very interesting that it apparently started as a gift to Elves and then Turin from Melian, and Galadriel learned it from her.

#FellowshipofTolkien

TheAromaofBooks I've been thinking about rereading The Hobbit - do you think the Fellowship will start over at any point?? 2y
Daisey @TheAromaofBooks We just reread The Hobbit towards the end of 2019 and reread LotR at the beginning of 2020, so I don‘t see us reading it again soon. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Okay, good to know!!! 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Another colorized drawing from Pictures by JRR Tolkien

This chapter seemed especially short considering how much we‘ve gained in other reading.

#FellowshipOfTolkien

JazzFeathers True, eh? Several of these later chapters felt so shockingly short. 2y
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers I finally got to this one and felt the same. The whole battle is just a few paragraphs! It also made me realize why this story did not make as much of an impression on me during my first readings; there‘s so much that‘s just skimmed over. 2y
JazzFeathers @Daisey True. We get almost no sense of Maeglin, which is such a complex character, and so little of the relations between the other characters. There's almost nothing of Ulmo's awesome dialogue. 2y
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