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|Re: Is the old Sillmarrillion in BOLT the same as the new one?|
Subject: Re: Is the old Sillmarrillion in BOLT the same as the new one?
by Urulöké on 2009/2/3 9:12:22
An interesting post touching on this topic was recently made over at Michael Martinez' blog:
http://tolkien-studies.com/blog/index ... es_there_is_an_official_t
The Silmarillion is not, as some people have argued, in any way a rewrite of The Book of Lost Tales. J.R.R. Tolkien certainly carried forward ideas for characters, themes, and plots but he started his legend-making anew and in no way expressed any intention to incorporate The Book of Lost Tales into his legendarium.
It is a great article, about how Wikipedia (and really, any Tolkien wiki online) suffers from trying to apply too much "canon" to an author who clearly never finished editing and re-editing his world.