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Old 08-14-2015, 07:31 AM   #9
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With the Silmarillion, most of the releases are either about Tolkien's academic works or a look at the growth of the LOTR/Hobbit universe. A lot of people (including myself) find that sort of stuff interesting, but it's probably not for the casual reader. This particular book should be interesting in that regard. I was, of course, aware that Tolkien used the various Nordic/Anglo-Saxon source materials (His translation of Beowulf is widely respected), but I didn't know he used the Finnish epics.

One thing to keep in mind is that much of the material released after his death is in pretty rough form. Tolkien spent years and years polishing The Hobbit and LOTR.
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