The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien, hardcover, first American edition (very good condition, please see condition notes below)
The forerunner to The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion fills in the background which lies behind the more popular work, and gives the earlier history of Middle-earth, introducing some of the key characters.
The Silmarillion 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 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 book 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 atT 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.
This volume is a stated First American Edition, published in 1977 by Houghton Mifflin Co. in Boston. The text is clean and includes the original foldout map at the back of the book. There is a slight, approximately one inch tear on the bottom front dust jacket and some very minor creasing at the top of the spine. The dust jacket is price clipped and there is an inscription to a prior owner in ink.