New The Silmarillion Edition Illustrated By J.R.R. Tolkien Is Up for Pre-Order

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For the first time since the original publication in 1977, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion is getting an edition that's illustrated in color. What's more, the paintings and drawings that complement the text come from Tolkien himself. Given the massive success of The Lord of The Rings Illustrated Edition that was released last year, it's no surprise that The Silmarillion is getting a similar treatment from HarperCollins.

In addition to Tolkien's art, The new The Silmarillion Illustrated Edition features text printed in two colors along with an introductory letter written by Tolkien in 1951 that "provides a brilliant exposition of the earlier Ages". Pre-orders for the hardcover The Silmarillion Illustrated Edition are live here on Amazon now for $45.97, which is 29% off the list price. Note that you won't be charged until it ships (October 25th release date), and you'll automatically get the largest discount that occurs during the pre-order period.

Tolkien began work on the stories featured in The Silmarillion during WWI, and continued to work on it long after The Lord of the Rings trilogy had been published. After Tolkien's death in 1973, his son Christopher Tolkien edited and compiled these works into the book we know today.

The new illustrated edition also comes at a time when interest in J.R.R. Tolkien's work is heating up ahead of the debut of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series on Amazon Prime Video. The series is set thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, during Middle-earth's Second Age. It begins during a time of relative peace following the defeat of Morgoth, Sauron's master. The series chronicles the lives and adventures of its ensemble cast and promises to visit the Misty Mountains, the forest elf-capital of Lindon, and the shores of the island kingdom of Númenor.

Buy The Silmarillion Illustrated Edition on Amazon ($45.87)

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video on September 2nd. A description for The Silmarillion can be found below.

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"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 the heroism, against the great Enemy. 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 book also includes several shorter works: the Ainulindalë, a myth of the Creation, and the Valaquenta, in which the nature and powers of each of the gods is described. The Akallabêth 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."