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The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien: A Brief Account of the Book and its Making

The Silmarillion [by] J.R.R. Tolkien: A Brief Account of the Book and its Making
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AuthorChristopher Tolkien
PublisherBoston: Houghton Mifflin
Released1977
FormatPamphlet

The Silmarillion [by] J.R.R. Tolkien: A Brief Account of the Book and its Making is a pamphlet published by Christopher Tolkien soon after the publication of The Silmarillion. The text was reprinted in Mallorn 14 (1980, pp. 3-5, 7-8).

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"[F]or a time,I worked toward a book that would show something of this diversity, this unfinished and many-branched growth. But it became clear to me that the result would be so complex as to require much study for its comprehension; and I feared to crush The Silmarillion beneath the weight of its own history. I set myself, therefore, to work out a single text, by selection and arrangement." (p.4)