I thought this would be a good post for today. It’s the first part of the Silmarillion Reader’s Guide, which I’ll be posting bits of throughout the read-along (or you can download the entire reader’s guide as a .pdf here or as a .ibook here, which I highly recommend because it includes a table of contents, full art credits, and several very useful appendices.)
Anyway, this should be especially helpful for any first-time readers, since it covers some general strategies for how to understand and enjoy The Silmarillion.
Two magicians shall appear in England…
The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me;
The first shall be governed by thieves and murderers;
the second shall conspire at his own destruction;
The first shall bury his heart in a dark wood beneath the snow, yet still feel its ache;
The second shall see his dearest possession in his enemy’s hand…
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
LITERATURE MEME | 10 works of prose - (5) frankenstein by mary shelley
How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.