The Silmarillion is a book that surprisingly I hadn't read before. J.R.R. Tolkien added to it throughout his writing life, and it tells the tales of what happened before The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit took place, bringing together loose ends and setting the history, myths and legends of Middle Earth.
The Folio Society Edition has a slipcase coloured to match the longboat which appears on the cover. I actually would have rather seen it in blue, although the earthy tone is very fitting.
The book itself is bound with gold on a delicately mottled blue, which is paler than I expected from the appearance of the website image. The block printed gold is almost perfect, and feels beautiful in your hands, even when you cannot see it.
The Silmarillion is illustrated by Francis Mosley, and the drawing are perfect for such grand topics. Excellent monochrome images with real power and depth, perfectly rendered.
The Silmarillion has 424 pages, and I will relish every moment I have it in my hands, and I'll be a bit scared in case I should ever crack the spine of such a treasure. I can't wait to read it with my young boys, and hopefully in turn, my Grandchildren.
The Folio Society create beautiful editions of classic books from all time periods. Their books are excellent gifts for anyone, including those who seem to have everything. They are books to treasure forever. The Silmarillion by J.R.R.Tolkien costs £38.95.
I have also reviewed The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams The Folio Society Edition.
We were sent our copy of The Silmarillion for review.