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Old 01-09-2003, 07:48 PM   #1
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Is the silmarillion the same as the chapter called "The earliest Silmarillion" in the shaping of middle earth vloume 4?
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Old 01-09-2003, 07:58 PM   #2
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The Silmarillion is a book. I'm not very good at explaing it any further than that, so, at the risk of sounding lazy, I'll ask someone else to finish the explaination. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 01-09-2003, 08:19 PM   #3
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The Silmarillion is a book published by CRRT after JRRT's death. It contains (sp?) AinulindalŽ, the Valaquenta, the Quenta Silmarillion, the AkallebÍth, and an essay called Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age. The Earliest Silmarillion is the earliest version of the Quenta Silmarillion, which tells the story of the First Age and the war of the Noldor, Sindar, and Edain with Morgoth.
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Old 01-10-2003, 12:06 AM   #4
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The History of Middle-earth contains numerous transformations of The Silmarillion. Tolkien had worked on it for a very long time, so it went through countless changes. The published Silmarillion is what his son, Christopher Tolkien, thought was the best representation of what JRR had completed of his lifelong project. It's not complete, but supposed to be the nearest possible version (made from what had been written thus far) to what Tolkien would've published had he finished it before his death. HoME Volumes 1, 2, 4, 10, and 11 are the volumes that deal mostly with The Silmarillion and its various transformations. Christopher compiled all of them too.

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Old 01-10-2003, 12:29 AM   #5
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I am reading it right now for the first time and i must say while its not all that easy to read ( i read a few pages then need to stop and think about what all was said cause its pretty deep stuff ) its giving me a insight to Middle Earth unlike any of the other books have.Its pretty much a must read for any fan of the LoTR books or Films. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 01-10-2003, 10:16 AM   #6
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It is far denser than the LotR, and far more Elvish [ and in the first hundred or so pages far more concerned with Eru and the Valar].

Manwe Sulimo's precis above was delightfully concise.

One other small point,
The Silmarillion edited by CJRT has several aspects which he has now repudiated [most relatively minor, one major] so it can not be viewed strictly as 'canonical' or perhaps more accurately 'authoritative'.

But compared to the alternative of peicing together your own more accurate version out of HoME and Unfinished Tales [ another source of Silmarillion lore] it is a very worthwhile effort, and most readers take it for what it seems to be The Silmarillion.

Personally when i read it I was 13 or so and had to go through it a second time to realy enjoy/understand it.

I found myself using the glossary and index at the back several times a page, especially until all of the Elvish Princes are introduced.
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Old 01-10-2003, 10:31 AM   #7
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Well, it looks like Lindil is trying to recruit even more people for the new Silm. project! The only threads that you seem to post on are ones that relate to editing of the Silm! Anyway, the Silmarillion is a book written by JRRT and edited and compiled by CRRT after his father's death, which means that there are bound to be some errors and inconsitencies. If you have the guts and the time, try piecing together the Legendarium for yourself from Unfinished Tales, the History of Middle-Earth, and including a little bit of the Silmarillion we have now.

And, at the risk of sounding like a jackass since I just ridiculed Lindil for this, if anyone wants to help build a new Silmarillion using HoME and UT, along with the Letters, come to the "Translation from the Elvish" forum down at the bottom of the main forum page and see what we've been doing. Feel free to join in if you want.
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Old 01-10-2003, 11:58 AM   #8
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Well, it looks like Lindil is trying to recruit even more people for the new Silm. project! The only threads that you seem to post on are ones that relate to editing of the Silm!
ouch! and not true on either count [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img] !

I have posted recently on Galadriel,Osanwe-Kenta, Orcs and Eru, Catholic saints and while you were gone I spent almost a week lambasting certain aspects of TTT.

As for the recruitment charge, whle I rarely miss an opportunity to do so, since this was a thread by someone obviously just coming to terms with what The Silm is, I just wanted to give a bit of background to it, not confound an already difficult subject.

And as I was in a mild way critiquing CJRT's work as flawed, I wanted to balance it with saying that the other option is difficult [ but do able] - no mention of our project at all I am afraid [img]smilies/frown.gif[/img] [other than my sig that is [img]smilies/cool.gif[/img] ]

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come to the "Translation from the Elvish" forum down at the bottom of the main forum page and see what we've been doing.
actually any interested parties would need to go to the Silmarillion Drafts, Canon studies and Theories Forum in the scroll at the bottom, the aforementioned Translations from the Elvish is the Private forum for project members.

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