I was a Tolkien addict back in the 1970s. Like many people of my generation, I have a greyish coloured paperback copy of ‘The Hobbit’ and the yellow paper back ‘combined volume’ of Lord of the Rings. When The Silmarillion was published (after J R R Tolkien’s death) in 1977 I had to have a copy.
I had no real idea as to what I was in for and as I look at my bookshelf now it is no surprise that whilst The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings both look old and battered, The Silmarillion looks just about pristine.
Perhaps that is a good thing for my Silmarillion is a first edition hardback copy. Maybe it will have some value in a couple of hundred years!
I suspect I was like many other eager buyers in expecting well-constructed tales such as we had been used to in the earlier…
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