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Old 09-17-2002, 03:37 PM   #1
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Sting How to read a much longer Silmarillion

How to read a much longer Silmarillion [w/out waiting for the glaciel speeded efforts of the translations from the Elvish group!]:

This is a simple guide designed to let one experience 70% or so of what will be in a Revised Silmarillion w/ out waiting for the final version.
This does not take into account the many additions which UT, and HoME 12 can make to the 2nd and 3rd age materials but deals solely w/ the 1st age and a few appendices.

You will need the following books:
  • HoME 10 [MR]
  • 11 [WotJ]
  • 12[PoME]
  • and UT

For simplicities sake I am assuming use of the published Silmarillion as the primary text [ for which chapter #’s are given]although a truer picture and more satisfactory reading would be gained by using the latest versions in Morgoth’s ring and The War of the Jewels for most events prior to say chapter 20. There are many and difficult textual problems in the latter part of the Silmarillion which hopefully the group working revised silmarillion will clear up, but for now the Published Silmarillion is the only satisfactory [ or not] ending available.

1. Add ‘The faithful stone’ from UT to the end of Chapter 17.
2. Add the ‘Athrabeth Finrod ha Andreth’ pp.304-326 MR after the Faithful Stone
3. Insert ‘of Tuor and his coming to Gondolin’ [UT] prior to chapter 21 of the 1977/2001 [ and then omit paragraphs 1- 7 of chapter 23]
4. for chapter 21 use The Narn I Hin Hurin in UT.You will have to follow CRT’s notes to weave into the ’Narn’ the material in the Silmarillion ch.21
5. Also add Wanderings of Hurin to the beginning of the ‘Ruin of Doriath’ and omit all paragraphs prior to the paragraph beging with … Now Hurin crossed over Teiglin.

As appendices add:

1. Osanwe-Kenta a remarkable essay on the communication mind to mind amongst Ainur and incanates, also much lore on the Hroa[body] and fea [spirit] of Ainur and Incarnates. from the Vinyar Tengwar journal # 39
2. Laws and Customs among the Eldar [2 versions] pp. 207 – 227 HoME 10 [ MR]
3. Commentary on the Athrabeth and p.329-350 JRRT wrote a cryptic note on the paper covering tis essay that it should eb the last item in the Silm appendices.
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Note re: app. 4 & 5 there will be places where contradictions with the Silm text occur. If you want a Silm as contradiction free as possible [ for the experiment of reading thios version anyway] you may want to leave them out.

4. Quendi and Eldar page 357 and on . HoME 11 [WotJ]
5. the Shibboleth of Feanor idealy this largely linguistic essay would have it’s many historical passages on the Noldorin princes removed and placed in the Silm proper, until such time as that is done [ side-project anyone?]it is still fascinating as a standa alone addendum.

There is certainly a substantial section from Finwe and Miriel which can be added but I elimanated it from the list for the time being due to [for me at least] reasons of complexity of presentation.

My specialty, such as it is, is in broad strokes and general ideas so I will be most grateful for feedback concering details of pages and chapters, and such. I had an impulse idea [& pondered on the mounting guilt of a lack of finished project in the Silm project] and pretended I had the time and hacked it out. so there may well be errors and gaps, for which you the readers can but help improve [please].

I would also be interested in hearing from anyone who has read the Silmarillion a few times already and , is willing to try adding the above additions [ w/ or w/out the appendices] and report back to us all as to how the ‘1st ed New Revised Silmarillion’ reads, in comparison w/ the compressed 'Official version'.

**As an update on the ‘revised Fall of Gondolin project’ [ which will incorporate Of Tuor from UT, The Book of Lost Tales ‘FoG’, and bits of HoME 4] hopefully folks will see in the not too distant future a Whole new ‘Fall of Gondolin chapter’ both in the outline above and available for reading and comment in the ‘Silm forum’. It is well underway and a new Silmarillion project member Antoine graciously took it upon himself to incorporate all of the approved and semi-approved changes to the FoG. Which Mhoraham edited in a downs suitable format.

As I stated above the above proposed additons are simply the bigger pieces of the Silmarillion [ and related 1st age lore] left out. The project mentioned above will hopefully also add in the myriad of small fragments scattered throughout HoME and UT as well as harmonizing the many conflicts.

This is posted in both the ‘the books’ and ‘Silm’ forums but please resrict general reader enjoyment [ or dislike] commenting to the Books forum
and questions of a canonical nature to the Silm forum.

[ September 17, 2002: Message edited by: lindil ]

[ September 17, 2002: Message edited by: lindil ]
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