The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age, this is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part. The three Silmarils were jewels created by Fëanor, most gifted of the Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the Trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord. Thereafter, the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in the Silmarils, but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown, which was 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 kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy. -Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5
This book is an in-depth summary of the creation of Arda and the events that passed during the first, second, and third ages of Middle-earth.
The history of this world that Tolkien has built is wonderfully complex so The Silmarillion is a perfect starting point for anyone who wants to learn its history. Like I said, it is only a brief summary, as so many details are left out.
The narrative voice is omnipresent, giving the reader a view of the world as an onlooker which brings an almost biblical-feel to the book. I loved the narrative but I had to re-read sentences and paragraphs as I read due to the way in which things were said.
From the oldest and deadliest dark lord, Melkor, and his corruption of elves, men, and even one of the Maiar, to the evolution of Elves, Dwarves, and Men and their tragic and joyful tales, this book is a perfect start to the world Tolkien has built.
NB. I would suggest that readers read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit before attempting this book as to understand a lot of it, it would be easier to be familiar with a bit of the world, even if it is only the third age.