I have to say that the Simarillion is my favorite book by far. Every little story in there is a treasure on it's own. At points i have to admit it becomes a real tear-jerker. It's basically your guide along the path of the "Long Defeat". Which is how the Eldar and Edain fight the enemy, though victory over it is not there part to play. I'd have to say my favorite part in the book is::
1. "The Union of Maedhros". Allow me to paint a picture of it for you if i can. Im just jubilant in the thought that some of you are experiencing the book for the first time, as i envy and miss that feeling i had when i first experienced the book myself.
By far the most touching story for me. Maedhros, along with the sons of Feanor and High King Fingon, the Edain, and even with the help of some of the Dwarves, decide to band together and overthrow Morgoth once and for all. ( Just to note, following here is the preface to the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and the mustering of all the willing participants that went to that battle.) But because of the deeds of the sons of Feanor, fewer came then were available, including King Thingol. (Who im my opinion just hides behind his wife's magic girdle all day.) As Fingon looked out from the walls of Eithel Sirion, all the hosts of the Eldar and Edain were assembled, there standards and spears like a thick forest gleaming in the rising sun. A shadow came over King Fingon as he glanced over to Angband, seeing a dark cloud, almost like a dreadful premonition of what was to befall. The Dark Lord had accepted his challenge, and Morgoth was certain that the day would be his. (Thanks to Ulfang, it was :mad: ) Then in that moment trumpets sounded, and cries went up from all the hosts upon the valley, as the leaguer of Gondolin was opened, and coming unlooked for came Turgon and 10,000 Gondolindhrim from the hidden city to swell there ranks. Fingon's heart at this sight was raised, and the shadow passed in his mind, and crying aloud from up high to the hosts below he shouted:: "Utilie'n aure! (The day has come!) And all of the hosts of the Eldar and Edain together in the valley below that heard his voice echo in the hills answered crying....Auta i lome! (The night is passing!.)
Truly friggin epic, isn't it? tears me up everytime i read it. :sad:
nn[Edited on 14/2/2003 by Komosot]