Friday, July 17, 2015

Bookcover Spotlight #5

The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)

Have you ever wondered where the elves go when they leave Middle Earth? The Lord of the Rings is full of references to the elves leaving, sailing into the west. The Silmarillion is the massive history of J.R.R. Tolkien's world, from creation through to the Third Age. I read The Silmarillion  and it has a lot of fascinating information. It's also very dense, and while I have no desire to read it again (I prefer Unfinished Tales), it does show us a bit of Valinor. Here Ted Nasmith, famed LotR illustrator, shows us ships arriving at Valinor in the west.


  1. I haven't seen this cover for The Silmarillion before but I like it. It's cheerier than it's more common covers.

  2. I love this cover! I have the gold paperback edition from the late 80's, which is not really my favorite cover. I haven't really had a chance to read these. I know a lot of the LOTR lore already, but only because of extensive internet searches and playing Lord of the Rings Online. I haven't read Unfinished Tales a Tolkien nerd I feel like I'm slacking, lol.

  3. I reread (and reviewed) The Silmarillion in August/September, but I'm not familiar with the illustrated version. I will check to see if my library has a copy. I have looked at a lot of art though.

    I have the paperback one with Feanor and the Silmarils on it, and Luthien's device on the spine.

    I LOVE this book, but it certainly took a lot of getting used to. I like Unfinished Tales too; I wish more of the stories in The Silmarillion had the kind of detail we get with Children of Hurin or with "Aldarion and Erendis" in UT.