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Reading the Silmarillion - including longer versions of stories

Nick Demus
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Jan 16 2013, 10:18pm


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Hi there,

I know this sounds hardly like a new question, but I haven´t found an answer to the exact kind of problem I have. I´m looking for some kind of guideline about which stories/parts of the Silmarillion have been expanded in other books.

My point is this: I´ve read both The Hobbit and LOTR a long time ago and wanted to read them again now, but as part of a much larger reading project: I want to read the whole history, basically, The Silmarillion, but since I´ve been able to remain unspoiled about next to everything that happens in the 1st and 2nd age I´m looking for a way to read it all chronologically with the best version of every story available. With "best" I mean "most exciting for first time readers".

For example, instead of reading the Silmarillion chapter about Hurin´s children, I guess it would be more exciting to read The Children of Hurin, as it is to read The Hobbit and LOTR first and then those short texts in The Silmarillion about the 3rd age´s end, isn´t it?

So what I´m looking for is a reading list, probably along the chapters of The Silmarillion, that tells me which chapters are enhanced by reading a certain bigger story or part of a story in another book. Basically, I would like to know which stories in the Unfinished Tales and the Lost Tales books are longer versions or just more interesting or exciting to read than their Silmarillion counterparts, for people who have no idea what´s happening in the world up to The Hobbit, OR shorter/unfinished stories and essays which make an interesting read AFTER any chapter in The Silmarillion because they give additional info that explains stuff but would have been uninteresting to read first.

Don´t get me wrong, I don´t want to skip the texts in The Silmarillion. I just want to read the "more exciting versions" first, then reread their counterparts in TS.

For any help you have my biggest thanks in advance.

Subject User Time
Reading the Silmarillion - including longer versions of stories Nick Demus Send a private message to Nick Demus Jan 16 2013, 10:18pm
    The Children of Húrin Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Jan 16 2013, 10:28pm
        Thanks Nick Demus Send a private message to Nick Demus Jan 16 2013, 10:37pm
            You're welcome! Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Jan 16 2013, 11:09pm
            I read the Silmarillion nearly 10 years ago FlyingSerkis Send a private message to FlyingSerkis Jan 16 2013, 11:36pm
                Yup, that´s exactly what I was looking for... Nick Demus Send a private message to Nick Demus Jan 17 2013, 8:24am
            This is what I did. Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Jan 18 2013, 9:55pm
    Another reason Gwenhwyfar Send a private message to Gwenhwyfar Jan 16 2013, 11:48pm
        I can live with some comments and annotations... Nick Demus Send a private message to Nick Demus Jan 17 2013, 8:27am
    What I did Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Jan 17 2013, 4:07am
        I understand what you´re getting at Nick Demus Send a private message to Nick Demus Jan 17 2013, 8:38am

 
 
 

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