3rd US Printing
NOTE: This is NOT the exact book but the exact same cover for reference. Please see the detailed description below.
Cover Art by Tolkien Himself
The Silmarillion, considered to be Tolkien's most important work, is the story of the creation of the world and the happenings of the First Age, clearly setting the stage for all his other works. It is to this ancient drama that the characters in The Lord of the Rings so often look back to and the core of Tolkien's imaginative work that underlies all his writings about Middle-earth.
Before the world began, the startling beauty of the Holy Ones awakened into song. The sound, like countless choirs, became an ever-changing melody. It was the music of the Ainur that set the world spinning within the endless habitation of space. Music filled the earth with air and fire and water; stone and silver and gold; vast halls and spaces. And Music it was that caused the Children of Illuvatar, Elves (the first born), Dwarves (the second born) and Men to be born.
Of the Elven races, it was the Noldor, the most skilled of Elves in Earthlore, who first achieved the power of making gems. And it was the great Elf Feanor who made the Silmarils, the fairest of all gems: for kept within the Silmarils was the glory of the light of the Two Trees of Valinor. Long after the Trees themselves were poisoned by the greed of the first Dark Lord Morgoth. These three great living jewels were hallowed so no mortal flesh nor anything evil may touch them. But deep within His fortress underground, the Dark Lord lusted after them.
The peaceful days of Valinor were numbered as Morgoth stole the gems and the first great war of Middle-earth was waged over them.
It was Morgoth who created the first great worm, Glaurung the Mighty Dragon and in this tale, Sauron is Morgoth's 1st Lieutenant.
This tale of biblical magnitude is every bit as awe inspiring as The Lord of the Rings, albeit nowhere near as popular. It is however, the story that all of the songs of old and poems recounted in The Lord of the Rings are told here in full. If you have not read this, then you are in for a real treat. A physical description follows...
This is one of many unusual editions I have listed this week along with the other dozens of items including many early printings. To see all other Tolkien items I am selling CLICK HERE!!.
About Me & This Item...
I have been collecting books and music for over 35 years and have amassed an enormous collection. I do not subscribe to "grading" as it is so subjective and most of the "graders" truly have no clue! Therefore I'll simply describe things in normal English!
*This is a gently handled and previously read hardcover book in GREAT condition with original unclipped dustjacket as issued. The original dust jacket is present and shows a small amount of shelfwear from handling over the past 36 years including as small chip near the top of the spinal area, DJ only, but I've put it in a Brodart protector so it is once again whole. The original huge pull out map IS fully intact and looks as if it has never been opened. The hardcover boards have gilt lettering and embellishments on the spine and cover as shown right and are also in very good shape. I am not certain this has even ever been opened past the copyright page. This is a really nice copy! Enjoy...
A FEW WORDS ON TOLKIEN COLLECTIBILITY...I have been collecting Tolkien books for over 30 years and it really galls me to find people selling items for ridiculous prices claiming they are "rare" or "highly collectible"; and what's worse is, naive people are paying it~! The fact is, there are relatively few "RARE" Tolkien items on eBay and most of the stuff claimed as such, just isn't. Granted, some may be hard to find, but not rare. In order to be a VALUABLE collectible, the books need to be immaculate or close to it, a scarce or extremely early printing of an early edition and if it comes with a dust jacket, that too should be close to fine. Otherwise, they are just common items not worth much, but people are paying gobs of cash, caught up in the frenzy.
Before you pay high bucks on a RARE or COLLECTIBLE edition, ask questions and demand to see a picture. Even though the copyright may say 1966 for example, it can still be a 1981 or even 1997 printing, but the copyright was last renewed in 1966 so it is being sold as such. I've even seen 1960's paperback copyright being sold for unreal prices, and they are actually a 23rd or such printing! I don't believe all sellers are trying to be dishonest, some just don't know any better... Please be careful and bid wisely. If you have any questions regarding it's authenticity or collectibility, check it out and be certain you are bidding on what you THINK you are bidding on.
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