The Silmarillion

J. R. R. Tolkien

Introduced by Christopher Tolkien
Illustrated by Francis Mosley

Before the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit came The Silmarillion - a rich tapestry of tales and legends which tells the story of Middle Earth.

Published price: US$ 71.95


The Silmarillion

J. R. R. Tolkien began creating the mythology, traditions and language of 'Middle-earth' long before The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit ever found their way to the printed page. Known as The Silmarillion, it was a book Tolkien would add to throughout his life, a rich tapestry of tales which told of the creation of the world in the First Age, the coming of Elves and Men, the theft of the Silmarils – the jewels containing the pure light that illuminated 'Middle-earth' – and the wars between the first Dark Lord and the High Elves.

Production Details

The Silmarillion book
  • Bound in paper and blocked with a design by Francis Mosley.
  • Set in Fournier with Omnia display.
  • 424 pages.
  • 35 black & white illustrations
  • Book size: 9" × 5¾".

A deeper understanding of the adventures of Frodo and Bilbo

The events of The Silmarillion have a power and a symbolism all of their own, while also affording readers a deeper understanding of the later adventures of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. At the time of Tolkien's death, in 1973, The Silmarillion remained unpublished. Tolkien's son Christopher took on the momentous task of preparing a text from the masses of material to hand, with the first edition appearing in 1977.

The world of The Silmarillion is the world created out of the music of the angelic Ainur, before The Lord of the Rings, before even The Hobbit. The Silmarillion tells of the coming of the elves and men, and of Melkor, the greatest of the Ainur, who fell from grace and in doing so planted the seeds of evil. These are the stories by which the inhabitants of Middle-Earth live, offering the reader a deeper insight into Tolkien's magical world.

This edition is published with the original foreword by Christopher Tolkien, the author’s son. It features a frontispiece and 28 superb chapter illustrations by the artist Francis Mosley. The binding is blocked in blue and pale gold, based on a design by the artist. A very special feature of this edition is the foldout map by Christopher Tolkien. Measuring 23 × 15 inches and printed in black and red, it shows Beleriand and the Lands to the North – the mysterious lands that precede Middle-earth.

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Review by Bookfanatic on 27th Aug 2015

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"A beautiful edition of the Silmarillion from the Folio Society. The blue and gold cover is stunning as are the other visuals, with the illustrations being some of the most original I have seen for the..." [read more]

Review by Finrod Felagund on 19th Jul 2014

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"The Silmarillion Folio Society edition is beautiful and exquisite in every way. The binding, illustrations, font, and paper are all done exceptionally well. A very fine edition of a fine work that sho..." [read more]

Review by loryh0907 on 26th Apr 2014

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"This is a perfect presentation for Tolkien's work. Binding, illustrations, paper, typography are all spectacular. The pixellation of the font reported by another reviewer was not visible on my copy. I..." [read more]

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