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The Shire

Jan 17 2013, 1:50am

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Silmarillion Can't Post

Hello, is there an annotated version of the Silmarillion, or a companion book? Thank-you.


Jan 17 2013, 4:38pm

Post #2 of 3 (948 views)
Not that I am aware of... [In reply to] Can't Post

However, there probably should be one or both!

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


Jan 26 2013, 4:25am

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The closest thing [In reply to] Can't Post

Would be the History of Middle-Earth series, volumes I-IV and X and XI. These are not commentary on the text of the Silmarillion as published, but they contain a great deal of "unused" material that could have been part of the Silmarillion, were early drafts of stories that are included and other similar sorts of things. They're not for everyone since they can be repetitious (multiple versions of essentially the same tale) and have a great deal of commentary by Christopher Tolkien on his father's actual method of writing, timelines and other such things. I'd strongly suggest checking them out from the library or borrowing them from a friend before investing in purchasing them yourself. They are intended for those who have read the Sil and crave more rather than as an aid to an initial reading of the Sil.

"I like the kind of literary criticism that tries very hard to understand what the author is saying. I despise the kind that cares only about how the reader responds to it. The first requires a great deal of hard scholarship, ultimately as much as had the writer. The second can be practiced by anyone with a navel into which to gaze."
~Reverend Brian Smith


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