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J.R.R. Tolkien. THE SILMARILLION. 1st Br. HC/DJ. Allen & Unwin. 1977. F/F!

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The Great Background For THE HOBBIT and LOTR.



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1st Edition



Tolkien, J.R.R.  THE SILMARILLION London:  George Allen & Unwin, 1977.  1st British edition.  With “First published in 1977” printed at the top of the copyright page, which indicates that this is the correct 1st edition, 1st printing.  This is NOT a book-club book.  This is NOT an ex-library book.

Buyer beware:  There were several later printings of THE SILMARILLION that were published in this exact hardcover format and also in similar, but slightly different, formats.  This is the real deal:  the true 1st British edition, 1st printing.



J.R.R. Tolkien was born in 1892 in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State (now Free State Province in South Africa).  He died at age 81 in 1973 and was buried with his wife, who had died 21 months earlier.  He was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, who is best known for authoring THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.  At one time Tolkien was good friends with the famous C.S. Lewis.  While others had published fantasy fiction before Tolkien, his great success with THE HOBBIT and with THE LORD OF THE RINGS led to a popular resurgence of the fantasy genre.  He has been called the father of modern high fantasy literature.  J.R.R. Tolkien was a keen student, a fast reader, and a fluent writer at a young age.  He was taught (and stayed interested) in botany, adventure fiction, and languages (and the structures of languages).  When England became directly involved in World War I, Tolkien entered a program wherein he could delay enlisting until he finished his degree in July of 1915.  He was commissioned at a Second Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers.  In letters to his wife Edith, he wrote of “junior officers being killed off, a dozen a minute.  Parting from my wife then . . . it was like a death.”  Because of the enormous amounts of lice that lived in the trenches, Tolkien came down with trench fever and was invalided to England.  Many of his dearest school friend were killed in World War I.  According to John Garth:  “Although Kitchener’s army enshrined old social boundaries, it also chipped away at the class divide by throwing men from all walks of life into a desperate situation together.  Tolkien write that the experience taught him ‘a deep sympathy and feeling for the Tommy; especially the plain soldier from the agricultural counties.’  He remained profoundly grateful for the lesson.  For a long time, he had been imprisoned in a tower, not of pearl, but of ivory.”  When Tolkien recovered (to a degree), he was stationed as various camps to do home service.  While he was stationed at Kingston upon Hull, he and Edith went walking in the woods in Roos, and Tolkien remembered, after Edith’s death:  “ . . . I never called Edith Luthien  --  but she was the source of the story that in time became the chief part of the Silmarillion . . . In those days her hair was raven, her skin clear, her eyes brighter than you have seen the, and she could sing  --  and dance . . . . “  In 1920 Tolkien took up a post as Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds, and became the youngest professor there.  While at Leeds, he produced A MIDDLE ENGLISH VOCABULARY and a definitive edition of SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT with E.V. Gordon, both becoming academic standard works for several decades.  In 1925 he returned to Oxford as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon with a fellowship at Pembroke College.  During his time at Pembroke he wrote THE HOBBIT and the first two volumes of THE LORD OF THE RINGS.  Tolkien’s 1936 lecture “Beowulf:  The Monsters and the Critics” had a lasting influence on Beowulf research.  The article Tolkien wrote about Beowulf is “widely regarded as a turning point in Beowulfian criticism.”  In class, Tolkien would come silently into the room, fix the audience with his gaze, and suddenly begin to speak in a resounding voice the opening lines of the the poem in the original Anglo-Saxon.  It was a dramatic performance and it impressed generations of students because it brought home to them that Beowulf was not just a set text to be read for the purposes of examination, but a powerful piece of dramatic poetry.  Decades later, W.H. Auden wrote to his former professor:  “I don’t think that I have ever told you what an unforgettable experience it was for me as an undergraduate, hearing you recite Beowulf.  The voice was the voice of Gandalf [!!!!!!!].”  Later, in 1945, Tolkien moved to Merton College, Oxford, becoming the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature where he remained until his retirement in 1959.  Tolkien had finished THE LORD OF THE RINGS in 1948.  From Tolkien’s retirement in 1959 through his death in 1973 he received steadily increasing public attention and literary fame.  J.R.R. Tolkien never expected his stories to become popular, but by sheer accident a book called THE HOBBIT, which he had written some years before for his own children, came in 1936 to the attention of Susan Dagnall, an employee of the London publishing firm George Allen & Unwin, who persuaded Tolkien to submit it for publication.  However, the book attracted adult readers as well as children, and became popular enough for the publishers to ask Tolkien to produce a sequel.  The request for a sequel prompted to continue his work on THE LORD OF THE RINGS and for the three volumes to be published in 1954-1955.  Tolkien first intended THE LORD OF THE RINGS to be a children’s tale in the style of THE HOBBIT, but it quickly became darker and more serious in the writing.  THE LORD OF THE RINGS became immensely popular in the 1960’s and has remained so ever since.

From the dust jacket flap:  “ . . . THE SILMARILLION is the central stock of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imaginative writing, a work that he could not publish in his lifetime because it grew with him.  Its origins stretch back sixty years, long before THE HOBBIT, which was independently conceived but was caught up into what he called the ‘branching acquisitive theme’ from which finally emerged ‘The Lord of the Rings’ . . . THE SILMARILLION, though published last and posthumously, has the primacy, both in terms of the author’s life and in terms of its content.  It is the story of the First Age in Tolkien’s world, the ancient drama to which characters in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ look back, and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part . . . The three Silmarils were jewels created by Feanor, most gifted of the Elves.  Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the Trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord.  Thereafter the unsullied Light of Valinor lived by Morgoth and set in his crown, guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth.  THE SILMARILLION is the history of the rebellion of Feanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy . . . The book includes several other shorter works besides THE SILMARILLION proper.  Preceding it are the ‘Ainulindale’ or Music of the Ainur a myth of the Creation, and the ‘Valaquenta,’ in which the nature and powers of each of the gods are set forth.  After THE SILMARILLION is the Akallabeth, in which is recounted the downfall of the great island kingdom of Numenor at the end of the Second Age; and at the end is the tale of ‘Of the Rings of Power,’ in whichthe matter of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ is treated in the manner of THE SILMARILLION . . . THE SILMARILLION is not a romance, not a fairy story, not a fictitious history contrived for its own sake.  It is a work of unparalleled and sustained imagination, a sombre vision in the mode of myth and legend of the conflict between the desire to dominate the world and other wills and the creative power that proceeds fro the development of inherent inner talents.  The corruption of Feanor, the creator of supreme beauty, by the deceits of Morgoth and by his own possessive passion for the things of his making, and the fruits of that corruption, is one of its central themes . . . THE SILMARILLION has been edited and prepared for publication from many manuscripts by the author’s son, Christopher Tolkien . . . “

Some of the awards and award nominations that J.R.R. Tolkien has been honored with:

1957:  THE LORD OF THE RINGS.  International Fantasy Award winner
           for Best Fantasy Fiction.

1966:  THE LORD OF THE RINGS.  Hugo Award winner for Best All-
           Time Series.

1973:  J.R.R. Tolkien is honored by being named a Gandalf Award Grand
           Master of Fantasy Fiction.

1977:  THE SILMARILLION.  Locus Award winner for Best Fantasy Novel.
1977:  THE SILMARILLION.  Ditmar Award winner for Best International

1977:  THE SILMARILLION.  Gandalf Award winner for Best Book-Length

1978:  J.R.R. Tolkien is honored by being named a Balrog Award co-winner
           for Professional Achievement.
1980:  UNFINISHED TALES.  (by J.R.R. Tolkien; edited by Christopher
           Tolkien).  Locus Award nominee for Best Single Author Collection.
1980:  UNFINISHED TALES.  (by J.R.R. Tolkien; edited by Christopher
           Tolkien).  Mythopoeic Award winner for Best Fantasy.
1980:  UNFINISHED TALES.  (by J.R.R. Tolkien; edited by Christopher
           Tolkien).  Balrog Award winner for Best Collection/Anthology.
1984:  THE BOOK OF LOST TALES.  Mythopoeic Award nominee for
           Best Fantasy.
1988:  J.R.R. Tolkien is honored by being named 36th Best in the Interzone
           Poll All-Time Best Science Fiction [and Fantasy] Author Poll.
1988:  THE RETURN OF THE SHADOW.  (by J.R.R. Tolkien; edited
           by Chrisopher Tolkien).  Mythopoeic Award winner for Scholarship/
1991:  THE LORD OF THE RINGS.  (by J.R.R. Tolkien; illustrated by Alan
           Lee).  Locus Award nominee for Best Nonfiction.
1998:  ROVERANDOM.  (by J.R.R. Tolkien; edited by Wayne G.
           Hammond and Christina Scull).  Mythopoeic Award nominee for
           Inkling Studies.
2002:  J.R.R. Tolkien is honored by being named a Phantastik Award winner
           for International Writing.
2002:  BEWULF AND THE CRITICS.  (by J.R.R. Tolkien; edited by
           Michael D.C. Drout).  Mythopoeic Award winner for Best Inklings
2007:  THE CHILDREN OF HERIN.  Phantastik Award nominee for Best
           Foreign Novel.
2008:  J.R.R. Tolkien is honored by being ranked sixth on a list of “The
           Greatest British Writers Since 1945.”

2009:  THE LORD OF THE RINGS.  Prometheus Award winner for being
           inducted into the Prometheus Award Hall of Fame.

J.R.R. Tolkien is widely regarded as the greatest fantasy fiction writer of all time and THE SILMARILLION is the basis for much of his fantasy fiction (including THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS).


I grade books and dust jackets: fine, near fine, very good, good, fair, and poor. I describe all faults. If you sell books on EBAY (or anywhere else), it is de rigueur not to list 1st printings of book club books as 1st editions (unless they ARE the 1st edition, which occurs only occasionally); also, a 1st edition, 7th printing, is not a 1st edition. Ex-library books must be noted as such since generally they are of little value to the collector of 1st editions. Condition is also very important to those collectors. Books and dust jackets must be described in detail. In other words, it is incumbent upon the SELLER to know what is and is not a 1st edition. Mistakes can be made (and corrected), of course, but if you DON'T KNOW, don't try to sell a book as a 1st edition.


A FINE book in a FINE dust jacket.  The book is tight and square in its dark blue full-cloth binding with bright gilt  lettering on the spine of the book.  The dark blue publisher’s topstain is unmarred.  The correct black-and-red ink map is firmly attached to page [367].  There is no writing in the book; no bookplates; no remainder marks.  The dust jacket is not price-clipped and shows the correct 1st issue price of L4.95.  There are no chips or tears or wrinkles to the dust jacket. 

This is a quite nice and collectible copy of THE SILMARILLION.

A must for the collector of modern fantasy fiction 1st editions and/or the collector of J.R.R. Tolkien 1st editions.


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