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OK,So I Kind of Love The Silmarillion

I bought it shortly after it was published in 1977, because I was a repeat reader of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and especially loved the appendices. (In fact, back in 1971 or so, I was in the process of writing Tolkien a letter about what I thought was an error in the appendices when I learned he had died. I'm so glad he died before I had a chance to embarrass myself like that, she said shallowly.)

When I first read the book, I was disappointed that it wasn't written in novel form, like LotR. Over the years, however, I found myself returning to it repeatedly, especially for the Ainulindale, the tale of initial creation. I also loved the Akkalabeth, the story of Numenor and its downfall, and I loved parts  of the Quenta Silmarillion, the stories of the first age and the Silmarils, although the stories of Turin Turambar and his family were too dark for me. 

Imagine my delight just last night, when something I was reading included a link to this: read it, all you fellow Tolkien lovers (and the many who are far more immersed in Tolkien scholarship and fandom than I am), and enjoy. 
[personal profile] camwyn  wrote it back in 2004, and it deserves to be re-discovered on a regular basis, because it is high and brilliant silliness. Also, it's a great way to understand the Silmarillion, while snorting in laughter. 

Wow, a post in which I can take delight in something - hurrah!
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hamsterwoman
Dec. 3rd, 2017 10:16 pm (UTC)
Ha! I know I've read this before -- at least the Ainulindale part -- year ago, but it was a lot of fun to revisit, so thank you for the link!
kaffyr
Dec. 10th, 2017 05:39 pm (UTC)
Glad to provide a link to something that fun to read!
flowsoffire
Dec. 5th, 2017 08:23 am (UTC)
Ohhh, The Silmarillion, should definitely read that! (So many things I want to read.) Yay for the love of books and wonderful things ♥
kaffyr
Dec. 10th, 2017 05:42 pm (UTC)
If you have the chance, pick up the book. You don't have to read it all at once, or even in order, since the various tales gathered therein can be read as self contained, even though they make a bit more sense if you know a little of what went before.

The only thing to keep in mind is that it isn't done in novel form, but more like a collection of fairy tales and legends.
flowsoffire
Dec. 10th, 2017 07:15 pm (UTC)
Okay, will keep that in mind if I get the chance! Thanks for the tips :)
stillbrainfried
Dec. 5th, 2017 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link!

I started reading The Silmarillon about twenty years ago, but gave up after a hundred pages or so. I had expected it to be written in novel form, and all those names I had never heard before had me confused rather quickly. I was about seventeen, and decided to read Stephen King instead. But one of these days (when the baby finally sleeps through the night and I can concentrate properly again) I'll give it another try.
kaffyr
Dec. 10th, 2017 05:44 pm (UTC)
It's definitely worth another try, at least in my opinion. But yes, it can wait until after the baby's sleeping through the night. (How old is the little one?)
stillbrainfried
Dec. 11th, 2017 09:35 am (UTC)
He's six months old and has a two-year-old sister. He is also very flirtatious ;)
kaffyr
Dec. 24th, 2017 09:47 pm (UTC)
You are braver than I am! Best of luck with the young'uns, and Happy. Happy Holidays!
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