. With Christopher Tolkien's 1977 and 1999 forewords. Harper Collins , First edition thus, 2002. xxiv, 365pp, colour maps as end papers. quarter black leather binding with gil titlet, and gilt embossed design on front board, all edges gilt. In black leather covered slipcase. The edition was limited to 1000 copies, shrink wrap preserved, has the numbers 1 to 9 in the colophon. The first publication of a deluxe edition of The Silmarillion, featuring the revised, reset text, The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien's world. It 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 tales of The Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor. Included in the book are several shorter works. The Ainulindale is a myth of the Creation and in the Valaquenta the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabeth recounts the downfall of the great island kingdom of Númenor at the end of the Second Age and Of the Rings of Power tells of the great events at the end of the Third Age, as narrated in The Lord of the Rings. This was the first luxe edition of this pivotal work, 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. Bound in quarter black leather, and set in a protective slipcase, still shrink wrapped. Immaculate copy. (ISBN: 0007136609) .
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