| Before the time in
which Sauron was the Ring Lord he was an evil Servant to his master Melkor.
The Silmarillion is the history behind the Lord of the Rings. This story
tells of the Valar the keepers of Arda and their battles with the evil
Melkor. It tells of the shaping of Arda and the birth of the Elves the
first Children and their march to Valinor the Blessed Realm. The flight of
the Noldor and their battles with Melkor in Middle-Earth are also spoken
of. As well as the coming of men and their roles in this early history.
The Silmarillion was published four years after J.R.R. Tolkien died. Its account of the Elder days is nothing short of superb. It captures your imagination as well as the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.
"Majestic!...readers of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings...will find the Silmarillion a cosmology to call their own...medieval romances, fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury...it overwhelms the reader." -Time Magazine
The Silmarillion is divided into 5 sections; Ainulindale, Valaquenta, Quenta Silmarillion, Akallabeth, and Of The Rings of Power and the Third Age. The Ainulindale tells of the creation of the Valar by Iluvatar the One and the creation of Arda. Valaquenta tells of the Valar and their lesser servants the Maiar. Quenta Silmarillion is the largest section and tells of the struggles of the Valar and the Elves against Melkor and the role the Silmarils play in both the aid and demise of the characters. Akallabeth tells of the rise and fall of Numenor the great Isle Kingdom of the faithful Men in the 1rst Age. Of The Rings of Power and the Third Age tells just what it says: the tales of the struggles against Sauron who makes him self the Ring Lord with the forging of the One Ring.
It is a wondrous tale that transports you into the pages and you bare witness to the Creation of the Earth and the constant struggles to keep evil from it. It is told in a grand style in the tradition of ancient Mythology. Epic in style and proportion it is a must a for your Tolkien Library.