THE SILMARILLION
First published on November 19, 1977, by George Allen & Unwin.

"A grim, tragic, powerful book, shot through with heroism and hope ... its power is almost that of mysticism."

~ Toronto Globe & Mail

"How, given little over half a century of work, did one man become the creative equivalent of a people?"

~ The Guardian

"A creation of singular beauty ... magnificent in its best moments."

~ Washington Post

The tales of "The Silmarillion" were the underlying inspiration and source of Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life, but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins "The Lord of the Rings," it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's world, the ancient drama to which characters in "The Lord of the Rings" look back, and in which some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.

The title Silmarillion is shortened from Quenta Silamarillion, 'The History of the Silmarils', the three great jewels created by Fëanor, most gifted of the Elves, in which he imprisoned the light of the Two Trees that illuminated Valinor, the land of the gods. When Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, destroyed the Trees, that light lived on only in the Silmarils; and Morgoth seized them and set them in his crown, guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth. "The Silmarillion" is the history of the rebellion of Fëanor and his people against the gods, their exile in Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all the heroism of Elves and Men, against the great Enemy.

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You will find all the currently available US and UK editions of "The Silmarillion" listed below. Out-of-print editions are not listed.

Learn more about "The Silmarillion," by reading the 'Wikipedia Entry' for this book.

HARDCOVER EDITIONS

'ILLUSTRATED' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION BY TED NASMITH
This is the first illustrated hardcover edition of Tolkien's epic History of the Elves. Artwork by Ted Nasmith.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-618-39111-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-618-39111-0
  • Bindery: Large-Format 'Hardcover'

'ILLUSTRATED' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION BY TED NASMITH
This is the first illustrated hardcover edition of Tolkien's epic History of the Elves. Artwork by Ted Nasmith.

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-007-17302-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-00-717302-0
  • Bindery: Large-Format 'Hardcover'

'DELUXE' 'SLIPCASED' 'THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION
Featuring the revised, corrected text and including, by way of an introduction, a fascinating letter written by Tolkien in 1951 in which he gives a full explanation of how he conceived the early Ages of Middle-earth.

Quarter-bound in cloth and leather, and set in a cloth-bound slipcase, this attractive edition will prove a fine addition to any Tolkien collection.

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-007-26489-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-00-726489-6
  • Bindery: Large-Format 'Hardcover'

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN'S 'HARDCOVER' EDITION
This 'second edition' of "The Silmarillion" includes a letter written by Tolkien describing his intentions for the book, which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the early ages of Middle-earth.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-618-13504-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-618-13504-2
  • Bindery: Standard 'Hardcover'

HARPERCOLLINS' 'HARDCOVER' EDITION
This 'second edition' of "The Silmarillion" includes a letter written by Tolkien describing his intentions for the book, which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the early ages of Middle-earth.

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-261-10242-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-261-10242-2
  • Bindery: Standard 'Hardcover'

SOFTCOVER EDITIONS

'ILLUSTRATED' 'SOFTCOVER' EDITION BY TED NASMITH
This is the first illustrated softcover edition of Tolkien's epic History of the Elves. Artwork by Ted Nasmith.

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-007-28424-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-00-728424-5
  • Bindery: Large-Format 'Softcover'

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN'S 'SOFTCOVER' EDITION
This 'second edition' includes a letter written by Tolkien describing his intentions for the book, which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the early ages of Middle-earth.

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 0-618-12698-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-618-12698-9
  • Bindery: Standard 'Trade Paperback'

HARPERCOLLINS' 'SOFTCOVER' EDITION
This 'second edition' includes a letter written by Tolkien describing his intentions for the book, which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the early ages of Middle-earth.

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-261-10244-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-261-10244-6
  • Bindery: Standard 'Trade Paperback'

PAPERBACK EDITIONS

BALLANTINE'S 'PAPERBACK' EDITION
Ballantine/Del/Random House pocket-book edition.

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  • Publisher: Ballantine/Del/Random House
  • ISBN: 0-345-32581-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-345-32581-5
  • Bindery: Standard 'Paperback'

HARPERCOLLINS' 'PAPERBACK' EDITION
HarperCollins pocket-book edition.

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-261-10273-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-261-10273-6
  • Bindery: Standard 'Paperback'

RELATED EDITIONS

Volumes in "The Children of Húrin Paperback Box Set".

HARPERCOLLINS' THE CHILDREN OF HÚRIN PAPERBACK BOX SET
HarperCollins' boxed pocket-book collection of "The Children of Húrin," "The Silmarillion," and "Unfinished Tales."

'BOXED' 'PAPERBACK' EDITIONS

NOTE: UK (UNITED KINGDOM) EDITION

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0-007-30937-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-00-730937-5
  • Bindery: Boxed ('Slipcased') 'Paperback'

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