The Silmarillion Audiobook by J. R. R. Tolkien – LOTR 0

Science Fiction & FantasyThe Silmarillion Audiobook by J. R. R. Tolkien - LOTR 0
4.9/5 - (11 votes)
Status: Completed
Version: Unabridged
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrator: Martin Shaw
Series: The Lord of the Rings
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Updated: 12/12/2023
Listening Time: 14 hrs and 49 mins
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  • 1_ Ainulindalë - The Music of the Ainur
  • 2_ Valaquenta - Account of the Valar and Maiar
  • 4_ Akallabêth - The Downfall of Númenor
  • 5_ Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

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The Silmarillion Audiobook is a collection of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher Tolkien, with assistance from fantasy fiction writer Guy Gavriel Kay.

This audiobook 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 Audiobook 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 audiobook 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.

Plot Summary

The three Silmarils were jewels created by Fëanor, most gifted of the Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the Trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord.

Thereafter, the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in the Silmarils, but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown, which was guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth.

The Silmarillion Audiobook Download is the history of the rebellion of Fëanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and returns to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy.

Silmarillion Quotes

  • “Now the Elves made many rings; but secretly Sauron made One Ring to rule all the others, and their power was bound up with it, to be subject wholly to it and to last only so long as it too should last. And much of the strength and will of Sauron passed into that One Ring; for the power of the Elven-rings was very great, and that which should govern them must be a thing of surpassing potency; and Sauron forged it in the Mountain of Fire in the Land of Shadow. And while he wore the One Ring he could perceive all the things that were done by means of the lesser rings, and he could see and govern the very thoughts of those that wore them.”
  • “Shall we mourn here deedless forever a shadow-folk mist-haunting dropping vain tears in the thankless sea?”
  •  “It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.”

Audiobook Reviews

LOTRs 0 Silmarillion Audiobook by J. R. R. Tolkien
LOTRs 0 Silmarillion Audiobook by J. R. R. Tolkien

Writing a review of the LOTRs Silmarillion Audiobook Mp3 is like trying to review the Bible. Where do you even start? There’s just so much story here. Any attempt to convey it in a review would be to do the book a massive disservice. There would only ever be enough space to talk about one or a few elements of the work.

This audiobook is the epic backstory and mythology of Middle Earth. The grandeur and beauty of the language, and indeed the content, is reminiscent of the King James Edition of the Bible, beloved by Tolkien.

Narration: I’ve been waiting for a good audiobook version of the Silmarillion for a while. Here it is, and it’s great! The narrator does a good job, I think. You could argue that his delivery is a tad too stentorian or declamatory, but the text is a hard one to read naturally, and this way of reading it is not inappropriate.

As far as I know, he gets all the pronunciations right, which is nice. The music may not win an academy award, but it feels appropriate in tone.

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Narrated by: Martin Shaw
Series: The Lord of the Rings, Book 0
Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins

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