Wisdom was in the words of the Elven-king, and the hearts grew wiser that hearkened to him; for the things of which he sang, of the making of Arda, and the bliss of Aman beyond the shadows of the Sea, came as clear visions before their eyes, and his Elvish speech was interpreted in each mind according to its measure. With that said, it's not an easy read. For thou hast from me as a gift thy own bring only, and no more; and therefore the creatures of thy hand and mind can live only by that being, moving when thou thinkest to move them, and if thy thought be elsewhere, standing idle. Everything else will just add unnecessary information and confuse you. Aforetime it was held among the Elves in Middle-earth that dying the Dwarves returned to the earth and the stone of which they were made; yet that is not their own belief. In after years Denethor, son of Lenwë, turned again west at last, and led a part of that people over the mountains into Beleriand ere the rising of the Moon. But in Aman we have seen it.
And Oromë tamer of beasts would ride too at whiles in the darkness of the unlit forests; as a mighty hunter he came with spear and bow, pursuing to the death the monsters and fell creatures of the kingdom of Melkor, and his white horse Nahar shone like silver in the shadows. I often talk about the need for world building in fantasy, and here it is in full force. Then the friends of Elwë were left behind; and they called themselves Eglath, the Forsaken People. Mightier than Estë is Nienna, sister of the Fëanturi; she dwells alone. By what right does he speak for all our people, as if he were King? Before them great clouds hung still black in the North above the ruins of war, and the stars in that region were hidden.
But the Teleri were unmoved by aught that he could say. Now Melkor began the delving and building of a vast fortress, deep under Earth, beneath dark mountains where the beams of Illuin were cold and dim. And about the spoiler, I would say that unless you have a very good memory, it's difficult to match that spoiler with the LotR while reading it. It just seems a good spoiler when you read it having read the LotR first. Therefore in new lands they went back to their old life as best they could; and they dwelt in free homesteads in the woods of Talath Dirnen beyond Teiglin, and some wandered far into the realm of Nargothrond. In the mountains the Eagles shall house, and hear the voices of those who call upon us.
Say farewell to your treasures! Simple trick if you get confused by all the names: General rule many exceptions, but it works : Names that either start the same or rhyme are related to each other. Soon however Haleth desired to move westward again; and though most of her people were against this counsel, she led them forth once more; and they went without help or guidance of the Eldar, and passing over Celon and Aros they journeyed in the perilous land between the Mountains of Terror and the Girdle of Melian. By reading the Silmarillion you start the other books knowing what they are, and knowing a lot about the Middle Earth. In that time the shape of Middle-earth was changed, and the Great Sea that sundered it from Aman grew wide and deep; and it broke in upon the coasts and made a deep gulf to the southward. I believe you should read Lord Of The Rings 1st, 3rd, and 5th. But mostly Ulmo speaks to those who dwell in Middle-earth with voices that are heard only as the music of water. Flowers swung upon her branches in clusters of yellow flame, formed each to a glowing horn that spilled a golden rain upon the ground; and from the blossom of that tree there came forth warmth and a great light.
Then Oromë departed, and returned to Valinor to seek the counsel of Manwë, and left them. He more than set the benchmark when he wrote this. Where do you even start? But Uinen wept for the mariners of the Teleri; and the sea rose in wrath against the slayers, so that many of the ships were wrecked and those in them drowned. Visions he would conjure in their hearts of the mighty realms that they could have ruled at their own will, in power and freedom in the East; and then whispers went abroad that the Valar had brought the Eldar to Aman because of their jealousy, fearing that the beauty of the Quendi and the makers' power that Ilúvatar had bequeathed to them would grow too great for the Valar to govern, as the Elves waxed and spread over the wide lands of the world. Unfinished tales and the Children of Hurin are more like companions, they add other versions of some of the stories, more details or even new stories, so I would read them at the end I had tried to read J.
Thus Elwë's folk who sought him found him not, and Olwë took the kingship of the Teleri and departed, as is told hereafter. After all, the do all consist of archetypical elements with a more or less prominent individual twist. The whole book doesn't focus on one character, it's more of one-chapter-one-main-character, not unsimilar to an appendix. There they were besieged, until their food was gone. To summarize with the Big Bang and Civil War metaphor others have used: if you are interested only in the American Civil War, read about it and then you might get interested in learning about what happened before, but if you are interested in the Big Bang, the Civil War and what happened in-between, I'd suggest to start by the beginning.
In The Lord of the Rings were narrated the great events at the end of the Third Age; but the tales of The Silmarillion are legends deriving from a much deeper past, when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils. In fact, when I got back to it, I found the second half to be so full of engaging and epic events. But now upon the mountain-top dark Ungoliant lay; and she made a ladder of woven ropes and cast it down, and Melkor climbed upon it and came to that high place, and stood beside her, looking down upon the Guarded Realm. I'd seriously doubt the word of anyone saying that he got through it on his first attempt. Then Aule took the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves, and laid them to rest in far-sundered places; and he returned to Valinor, and waited while the long years lengthened.
But that name he has forfeited; and the Noldor, who among the Elves suffered most from his malice, will not utter it, and they name him Morgoth, the Dark Enemy of the World. I'd never even picked up any of the books. Dost thou not see that these things have now a life of their own, and speak with their own voices? That stronghold was named Utumno. Tolkien describing his intentions for the book, which serves as a brilliant exposition of his conception of the earlier Ages of Middle-earth. Finwë loved her greatly, and was glad again. But the Elves were at first unwilling to hearken to the summons, for they had as yet seen the Valar only in their wrath as they went to war, save Oromë alone; and they were filled with dread.
Then Melkor lusted for the Silmarils, and the very memory of their radiance was a gnawing fire in his heart. Do with them what thou wilt. It's looking like we'll have a nice blend of new and experienced Silmarillion readers. In that time the Valar brought order to the seas and the lands and the mountains, and Yavanna planted at last the seeds that she had long devised. As yet no flower had bloomed nor any bird had sung, for these things waited still their time in the bosom of Yavanna; but wealth there was of her imagining, and nowhere more rich than in the midmost parts of the Earth, where the light of both the Lamps met and blended. Na mene je poseban utisak ostavilo poglavlje o Turinu Turambaru.