I think at this point I can say that I have read every page in The Silmarillion. I’m not as confident that I’ve read them in order, as I’ve done some picking and choosing when I get bogged down in a passage of Elvish lineage.
Have I read it, though? I don’t really know.
I know some of you have, however, because you were foolish enough to comment on earlier Tolkien posts and put yourself in the spotlight.
I have a couple of questions for you, if you’re willing to share.
In your opinion, should someone read Silmarillion before Lord of the Rings? Why or why not?
What do you get out of it? The one thing that this book lacks for me is a real sense of enjoyment. I’m not even sure why, it just feels like work to me. More than I want it to, at least.
When did you first read it?
Why did you first read it?
What do us ninnies who can’t hack it miss out on by not giving it more attention?
Please sirs and madams, please help us.