A brand new version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion is coming this 12 months alongside the launch of Amazon’s much-anticipated fantasy sequence, at the very least within the UK. The new e-book arrives October 27 and, for the primary time ever, it has been illustrated in colour, with drawings from Tolkien himself. The whole textual content is printed in two colours as effectively.
For these catching up, The Silmarillion is a dense and detailed accounting of Middle-earth’s historical past. It serves as a proof of the backdrop for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Among the e-book’s many tales are an accounting of the autumn of the island kingdom of Numenor, titled Akallabeth, and a passage referred to as Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, which units up the tales to return. Another common chapter in The Silmarillion is Beren and Luthien, a love story a couple of mortal man and an immortal lady that’s stated to have impressed the storytelling of Aragorn and Arwen’s love, and the love between Tolkien and his spouse, Edith. Tolkien handed away earlier than he completed The Silmarillion. His son, Christopher Tolkien, completed the work.
The re-creation of The Silmarillion additionally features a letter written by Tolkien himself in 1951. Customers within the UK can pre-order it now on Amazon for £45.
It’s comprehensible that HarperCollins would publish a brand new Lord of the Rings e-book this 12 months to capitalize on the elevated curiosity within the sequence total because of Amazon’s present. The sequence is extra impressed by the appendices to The Lord of the Rings quite than the tales in The Silmarillion. That stated, the teaser trailer for Amazon’s present featured Numenor in all its glory, so the passage in The Silmarillion pertaining to the downfall of the dominion would seemingly function a pleasant refresher.
The announcement of this re-creation of The Silmarillion comes not lengthy after the Tolkien Estate launched a trove of new Lord of the Rings paintings, photographs, letters, and writing from Tolkien.
This is occurring as The Lord of the Rings film and video game rights at the moment are up for public sale. There have not been any updates but on the public sale course of, however maintain checking again for extra.
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings sequence, The Rings of Power, premieres September 2 on Prime Video. Ahead of that, yow will discover out the place to rewatch all of the Lord of the Rings motion pictures.