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It's so exciting that there is much, much more to learn!

callumtaylor90
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Dec 28 2012, 11:58pm


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As others have mentioned, it is not really a novel with a central character. The different parts are written in different styles, and its OK to like some better and some not so much. (I confess my tastes are somewhat contrary ... I LOVED the creation story and the Valaquenta which were very abstract, but I found the story of Turin Turambar to be interminable at first, and even thought there were places where the story of Beren and Luthian dragged a little bit). You won't miss that much if you pick and choose what you like, and skim over what you don't like. If you're like me, eventually you'll get curious and want to read more. Once you know the people and place names a little, the sections that seemed tedious will start to make more sense.

Another thing to remember about The Silmarillion, is that it was published posthumously, and while J.R.R. Tolkien is the 'author' in the sense that about 98% of the words are his, it was assembled by his son Christopher. The elder Tolkien spent much of the last 20 years of his life writing and rewriting sections, but he never was able to bring it to closure. In a way, it is a beautiful story in itself that Christopher Tolkien was able to bring together the work which was his father's hope to see completed.

However, Christopher Tolkien had to make choices about which versions of each story to use, and how to tie them together narratively. After spending another 30 years editing his father's papers, Christopher Tolkien himself would probably make some different choices in what to include and what leave out. If you do get hooked on The Silmarillion, someday you may want to tackle some of the History of Middle Earth series. In particular, Morgoth's Ring gives you a taste of what Christopher Tolkien might have done differently if he had the chance to go back and assemble The Silmarillion again. The story called The Debate of Finrod and Andreth isn't in the original Silmarillion but gives a whole new twist on the whole mythology.

So you have lots of fun ahead of you. Enjoy!


I'm now curious for my own reaction to Sil, so we will see! I'm totally worried I will never get ALL the names and places figured out in my head, though I guess that's half the fun!

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Great Expectations: The Silmarillion. callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Dec 28 2012, 3:38pm
    Go for it! dubulous Send a private message to dubulous Dec 28 2012, 4:30pm
        Everything dubulous said, plus CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 5:52pm
        Thanks! I'm going to give it a go! callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Dec 28 2012, 9:44pm
            Try this link CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 10:15pm
                That is very helpful! Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Dec 28 2012, 10:40pm
                    Isildur was High King of both Arnor and Gondor. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Dec 29 2012, 12:00am
                Thanks... callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Dec 28 2012, 11:52pm
    Ditto what CuriousG and dubulous said Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Dec 28 2012, 6:31pm
    A piece of advice Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Dec 28 2012, 8:00pm
    Think of it as an Elvish chronicle Fredeghar Wayfarer Send a private message to Fredeghar Wayfarer Dec 28 2012, 8:04pm
        Yes, look elsewhere for hobbits CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 9:14pm
            I'm learning... callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Dec 28 2012, 10:45pm
    Don't feel like you need to read it cover to cover SilentLion Send a private message to SilentLion Dec 28 2012, 10:55pm
        Favorite and not-so-favorite parts CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 11:23pm
        It's so exciting that there is much, much more to learn! callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Dec 28 2012, 11:58pm
    I am Heatherleawv Send a private message to Heatherleawv Dec 29 2012, 2:29am
        Good for you! Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Dec 29 2012, 3:20am
            I Heatherleawv Send a private message to Heatherleawv Dec 30 2012, 2:14am
                Agreed. callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Dec 30 2012, 2:18am
                Isn't it brilliant? Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Dec 30 2012, 2:57am
        Chapter discussion of The Silmarillion? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 29 2012, 3:51am
            I'd love to be involved! Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Dec 29 2012, 4:06am
            It's a big undertaking. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Dec 29 2012, 4:37am
                Maybe we felt we should follow tradition? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 29 2012, 5:56am
                    What, then, do you propose? Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Dec 29 2012, 8:50pm
                        How about something even less formal? Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Dec 29 2012, 9:51pm
                            I like this approach. CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 30 2012, 4:59am
                                I'll give it a go too ("we are the elves who begin with F"!) noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 30 2012, 9:24am
                I think 'Unfinished Tales' would be fun.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Dec 29 2012, 7:05pm
            This seems like an interesting idea! callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Dec 29 2012, 11:14am
            I like the idea SilentLion Send a private message to SilentLion Dec 29 2012, 3:17pm
                This sounds perfect callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Dec 29 2012, 4:12pm
            I would like to participate :) Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Dec 29 2012, 4:46pm
    The Silm sam90 Send a private message to sam90 Jan 8 2013, 12:59am
        I have been reading... callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Jan 8 2013, 7:54am
    You might enjoy "Unfinished Tales" Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Jan 9 2013, 12:09am
        I'm a slow reader, callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Jan 9 2013, 9:49pm
            We are dissecting each chapter now, in case that helps.// CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jan 10 2013, 4:55am
                Your discussion will become my master notes... callumtaylor90 Send a private message to callumtaylor90 Jan 11 2013, 5:11pm
    It's The Best! Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Jan 11 2013, 4:27pm

 
 
 

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