Amazon’s The Rings of Power isn’t based on Tolkien’s official prequel, The Silmarillion, because the giant company couldn’t quite land those rights. Instead, the billion-dollar TV hit is based on appendices from The Lord of the Rings.
Forbidden Planet says;
For the first time ever, a beautiful slipcased edition of the forerunner to The Lord of the Rings, illustrated throughout in colour by J.R.R. Tolkien himself, with the complete text printed in two colours and with many bonus features unique to this edition.
The Silmarilli were three flawless gems fashioned by Fanor, the most gifted of the Elves, and inside them was imprisoned the final Light of the Two Trees of Valinor. However, the first Dark Lord, Morgoth, seized the gems and placed them beneath his iron crown, which was guarded in the impregnable stronghold of Angband in the north of Middle-earth.
The Silmarillion tells the account of Fanor and his kindred’s uprising against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their futile fight against the great Enemy. It is the old drama to which the protagonists of The Lord of the Rings look back and some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.
The slipcase edition is printed in two colours and is the first to have more than 50 colour paintings, illustrations and designs drawn by Tolkien as he worked on the project. This version also includes more minor projects, the creation myth Ainulindale and the divine bestiary, the Valaquenta.
There’s the Akallabêth which histories the fall of Numenor at the end of the Second Age. The Akallabêth also details the Rings of Power. That ties in with the TV series and the events which lead to The Lord of the Rings.
Quarter-bound in blue, with raised spine ribs, stamped in foil and black cloth boards and pages edged in silver, the set looks gorgeous. The books are housed in a custom-built slipcase.
- The Special Edition hardcover of The Silmarillion: Forbidden Planet | Amazon.
- The Rings of Power: Amazon Prime.
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