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The Silmarillion, Volume 1 | [J.R.R. Tolkien]

The Silmarillion, Volume 1

The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor.
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The tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor.

Included on the recording are several shorter works. "The Ainulindale" is a myth of the Creation, and in the "Valaquenta" the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The "Akallabeth" recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the Second Age and "Of the Rings of Power" tells of the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in The Lord of the Rings.

©1977 George Allen and Unwin (Publishers) Ltd; (P)2001 HarperCollins UK

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    Kez wigton, United Kingdom 15/07/2007
    Kez wigton, United Kingdom 15/07/2007 Member Since 2007
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    "Part One of a Sweeping Saga of Early Middle Earth"

    This sweeping saga of the origins of Middle Earth, from its creation to the beginning of the Hobbit.
    This first volume Read By Martin Shaw, where his rich voice evokes the mystery and splendour of an age long past, of Elves, Dwarfs and Men with tales of great Dragons and things even worse by far, Of Morgoth, Saurons dark master, Matched against the races of the great Gods of the west.
    He makes The Master Story Weaver -Tolkien?s Work breathe and come alive. Where with eyes closed one can hear the whispering trees and gently running streams of the beginning of time in the realm of Middle Earth.
    I can?t recommend this Audio book enough, for diehard fans of Tolkien and those who want to know how Middle Earth and Elves came into being.
    I agree it can be hard going, but ultimately well worth the effort and then some.
    So come on take the plunge and welcome to the world of Tolkien.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John Rochdale, Lancs, United Kingdom 19/10/2006
    John Rochdale, Lancs, United Kingdom 19/10/2006
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    "Rewarding"

    Yes it's difficult to understand at first, but it is an amazing book with stories within it that make LOTR seem like a tea party. If you really liked LOTR you should get this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sean SouthportUnited Kingdom 31/03/2011
    Sean SouthportUnited Kingdom 31/03/2011
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    "Silmarillion"

    For those who appreciate Tolkien's writings, this audiobook version of The Silmarillion compliments and relays the story in a very pleasing way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    peter Carrick-On-Suir, Ireland 14/02/2013
    peter Carrick-On-Suir, Ireland 14/02/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "one word, EPIC."

    The scale of this story is just huge. Makes LOTR seem like a minor incident in the history of middle earth. Thoroughly enjoyable and brilliantly narrated by Martin Shaw (which can't have been easy considering some of the character names and placenames). Love, Hate, War, Treachery, its all here on an epic scale. I definitely recommend this for any LOTR fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom 22/08/2012
    Benjamin STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom 22/08/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Great!"

    I couldnt read the book - tried a few times but it didnt work for me. This audio, however, is brilliant. He is a great narrator and Tolkien's great literary work shines. I paid £11.99 for volume 1 from audible which I think is too expensive but that isnt the fault of the audio book. If you love Lord of the Rings you will love this. If you just 'like' Lord of the rings then you may find this a bit too intense. As for me, I am just really grateful that this great work has been made accessible for me. Cheers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hampton, United Kingdom 23/09/2011
    Michael Hampton, United Kingdom 23/09/2011
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    "Not a Novel but brilliant"

    Don't get this expecting a novel - you'll be disappointed. It is more like a oral-history, semi-reference resource for many of the events that have happened in the ages of world of Tolkien prior to the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - even the creation of the world and the warring of the gods prior to the existence of any other life. There are only two parts that come close to a fully coherent story and those are the tale of Beren and Luthien and the tale of Hurin and his son Turin (now expanded and published as a novel in its own right). It's fantastic if you're curious about the world beyond The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and even lends a good deal more shades to both. It's just not novelistic in style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    UshaS 08/07/2014
    UshaS 08/07/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "A Classic Tale of Fantasy: going beyond story"
    If you could sum up The Silmarillion, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Ageless, Complete, Undeniably legendary (ok that's four, I know!)


    What other book might you compare The Silmarillion, Volume 1 to, and why?

    The Silmarillion could be compared to a cocktail of Nordic myths and fantasy storytelling.


    What about Martin Shaw’s performance did you like?

    Martin Shaw's performance cannot be unequalled in terms of his strength and power of voice and tonality. My high school English teacher had once told us John Gielgud's voice had been compared to 'a trumpet through silk'. I'm inclined to say the same about Martin Shaw.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. The imagery and plot development is so compelling I often found myself sitting on the sofa once I got home from work, with my coat and shoes still on, listening until the end of a chapter!


    Any additional comments?

    Not much more to be said about this fantasy classic from the master storyteller J.R.R. Tolkien...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janus Aarhus C, Denmark 23/12/2012
    Janus Aarhus C, Denmark 23/12/2012

    Country: Denmark. Age: 35. I like Historical as well as science fiction novels.

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    "for the tolkien fan only."

    If you like tolkien this is a required listen. Anyone else could be forgiven for passing on it.

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    Lee Huddersfield, United Kingdom 24/09/2011
    Lee Huddersfield, United Kingdom 24/09/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard work even for the ardent Tolkien fan"

    Martin Shaw deserves a medal for doing this.

    The Silmarillion is the work of a genius. It's a tough but rewarding read but I'm not sure it's a perfect fit with an audio format.

    As you can imagine, names and places are thrown at the reader like confetti and at times it is virtually impossible to remember if we're meeting a new character or an old one under a different name.

    Some of the stories are brilliant and memorable - others are footnotes and too complicated to be enjoyable.

    If you are a Tolkien fiend then this is a must, if you enjoyed the movies but haven't read the book, give this one a miss.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel GatesheadUnited Kingdom 13/11/2008
    Daniel GatesheadUnited Kingdom 13/11/2008
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    "Not bad"

    When i first started this audiobook i just couldnt get to grips with it. Its just rambles on and you find it difficult to get with any story line whatsoever. I also gave up after 2 hours but then went ahead and listened to the rest on the recomendation of the first review. It does get better but if you buy this be prepared for a long slog and have patience to get witht he story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "A masterpiece"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to those who want to learn more about the history of Middle Earth before Lord of the Rings this is a masterpiece by J.R.R Tolkien read by Martin Shaw.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amazing world that Tolkien created and just the sheer scope of it all.


    What about Martin Shaw’s performance did you like?

    Martin Shaw did a great job of bringing the world of The Silmarillion to life. Reading and listening at the same time made this book easier to follow and understand as I have read this once before and found it hard to read with only the book.


    Any additional comments?

    A must for Tolkien fans, especially those who are completionists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siri
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    "Wow"

    I have read this book more then ones and it is wonderful to have names and things I have no ide how to pronouns. But the one thing I discovered that was a problem was I lacked the family tree and I read the differences of the names but it is some times is hard to hear. Witch leads to my only problem whit this preferments is that the reader is not always concise about names and he dos not have a clear speech.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barboza
    Muscat, Oman
    17/09/11
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    "Most boring book of all time"

    Terribly boring. I thought this book would give a good background of the LOTR characters, but it was just names being read out one after the other. Only for hardcore Tolkien fans !!

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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