Okay, The Silmarillion is great because it covers the breadth and depth of Tolkien's world historically; however, I still like The Lord of the Rings the best, because it is an epic story that keeps me turning pages and repeatedly saying, 'Just one more chapter and then I'll turn out the light'. Almost all of my reading is to escape the mundane world in which we find ourselves.
That never happened when I read The Silmarillion: the best I could say is, 'Well I guess I can read a couple more pages to get to the end of the chapter.' It wasn't boring, it just held no excitement for me: sort of like Gollum's reaction to lembas, ' ... Dust and ashes, I can't eat that'. While The Lord of the Rings fleshes out a small portion of The Silmarillion into something juicy in which I can sink my teeth. :catsmiley:
Of course I've only read The Silmarillion three times so maybe it grows on one. :wiggle:
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