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First edition. Octavo. Original publisher’s blue paper-covered boards, lettered gilt to spine, in the original dustwrapper. A very good copy, some spotting to the page edges, in a near fine dustwrapper.


A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Crease to p.365.


Tolkien began work on The Silmarillion, the account of The Elder Days, or First Age of Middle-earth, in 1914. He continued to work on the book throughout his life, never finalising it into a publishable form. During the writing and publication of The Lord Of The Rings, set in the Third Age of Middle-earth, Tolkien saw the narratives of it and The Silmarillion as inseparable, and sought publication of them together as “one long Saga of the Jewels and the Rings”. Tolkien’s publisher’s on the other hand, wanted what they had asked for; a sequel to The Hobbit, and so the sprawling mass papers that were The Silmarillion remained unpublished on Tolkien’s death. These papers were marshalled into a publishable form by Christopher Tolkien with the assistance of Guy Gavriel Kay in the years after Tolkien’s death in 1973.


It was eventually published in September 1977 in an edition of 200,000 copies (both domestic and for export).

The Silmarillion

SKU: 259
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  • Author

    J.R.R. Tolkien; Christopher Tolkien

  • Publisher

    London: George Allen & Unwin

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