Books: Middle-Earth Genesis

THE SILMARILLION

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Houghton Mifflin; 365 pages; $10.95

In the beginning was the word. And the word was with Tolkien. And it spoke of the Valar, a race of gods who first dwelt in a creation called Middle-earth but then retired to Valinor. The Valar loved the light and planted two trees, Telperion and Laurelin, wherein was the source of the light of the world. But one of the Valar, a renegade named Morgoth, envied the light, wishing to corrupt and control Middle-earth.

Now in those times there also dwelt in Valinor and Middle-earth many Elves. The greatest of these was a prince...

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