TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Silmarillion. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1977.
8vo. Original black cloth, title gilt to spine, with illustrated dust wrapper; pp. 365, 1 folding map to rear; a very good copy, in a dust wrapper with slight fading to the spine and a small ink inscription to ffep.
First UK edition. The Silmarillion is a contentious work, mostly due to the idiosyncratic style defined by Tolkien's love of worldbuilding, linguistics and the broader historical arcs of the Middle Earth cosmology. His obsession, in fact, with correcting and expanding his creation caused him to die before he finished it - the book we know as the Silmarillion is in fact a collection of finished and unfinished segments of a greater whole, with parts filled in and rearranged by Tolkien's son Christopher. The inspirations for his writing can be seen more clearly here than elsewhere, with hints of Finnish epic, Norse and Greek mythology, and Christian parallels in the battle between Eru Iluvatar and his fallen angel Melkor.