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The Silmarillion Illustrated by Tolkien

Mar 23 (edited)
2022/3/23 3:40:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trade Hardback

The Silmarillion illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien, November 8 2022 US, 10 November 2022 UK

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For the first time ever, a very special edition of the forerunner to The Lord of the Rings, illustrated throughout in colour by J.R.R. Tolkien himself and with the complete text printed in two colours.

The Silmarilli were three perfect jewels, fashioned by Fëanor, most gifted of the Elves, and within them was imprisoned the last Light of the Two Trees of Valinor. But the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, stole the jewels and set them within his iron crown, guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth.

The Silmarillion is the history of the rebellion of Fëanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all the heroism, against the great Enemy. It 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 book also includes several shorter works: the Ainulindalë, a myth of the Creation, and the Valaquenta, in which the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabêth recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Númenor 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.

Tolkien could not publish The Silmarillion in his lifetime, as it grew with him, so he would leave it to his son, Christopher Tolkien, to edit the work from many manuscripts and bring his father’s great vision to publishable form, so completing the literary achievement of a lifetime. This special edition presents anew this seminal first step towards mapping out the posthumous publishing of Middle-earth, and the beginning of an illustrious forty years and more than twenty books celebrating his father’s legacy.

This definitive new edition includes, by way of an introduction, a letter written by Tolkien in 1951 which provides a brilliant exposition of the earlier Ages, and for the first time in its history is presented with J.R.R. Tolkien’s own paintings and drawings, which reveal the breathtaking grandeur and beauty of his vision of the First Age of Middle-earth.

UK Trade

Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (10 Nov. 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0008537895
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0008537890
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.9 x 3.3 x 22.8 cm
Illustrations note: 5 b/w illus, 49 col plates

https://www.bookdepository.com/Silmari ... &qid=1647997556039&sr=1-4

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J. R. R. Tolkien (author), Christopher Tolkien (editor)
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US Trade

Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow (8 Nov. 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0063280779
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0063280779

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J R R Tolkien
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The Silmarillion [Illustrated Edition]: Illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien, J. R. R.
9780063280779
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Mar 23
2022/3/23 6:02:14 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

zionius wrote:

The info says "5 b/w illus, 49 col plates", did Tolkien have that many arts for Silmarillion? I think the number of published arts is less than thirty, you need to count each heraldric device as one to reach 50+. Or maybe they'd include some unpublished ones or manuscripts.

Stu wrote:

Yeah, I have a bad feeling about this. HarperCollins need to learn that less is more. The recent LoTR would have been much better with 2/3rds of the illustrations. Not everything Tolkien sketched was good enough for inclusion as illustrations in a mainstream edition. The question that needs to be asked is "does this sketch add value to the experience of reading story or does it take me out of the story?". A lot of stuff in the LoTR was better placed in the books where it had already been published.
Mar 23
2022/3/23 6:06:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Wonder if they will do a Deluxe edition so soon after the excellent Ted Nasmith illustrated edition.
Mar 23
2022/3/23 6:11:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:

Wonder if they will do a Deluxe edition so soon after the excellent Ted Nasmith illustrated edition.

Would not be surprised to see something along the lines of the recent red LoTR. Though with a lower page count and slimmer form-factor, they could probably make it work a lot better that that one.
Mar 23
2022/3/23 7:10:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I can see them also releasing something like this, though I hope not, I prefer the original cover.

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Mar 23
2022/3/23 7:12:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:

I can see them also releasing something like this, though I hope not, I prefer the original cover.

Gosh, I really hope not!
Mar 23 (edited)
2022/3/23 7:46:57 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Great news !
Mar 23
2022/3/23 8:29:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I hope they remember to change the runes for "Allen and Unwin LTD" on the cover when it comes to The Hobbit

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Mar 23
2022/3/23 8:56:39 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Stop giving HarperCollins ideas. They already have more than enough bad ideas!
Mar 23
2022/3/23 12:29:01 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Trotter wrote:

I can see them also releasing something like this, though I hope not, I prefer the original cover.

Oh no, HarperCollins better not deface the greatest dust jacket of all time.

This release puzzles me, seems like overkill, a money grab, with the release of the Nasmith edition just last year...I'll probably buy it though.
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