Tolkien is still as hot as the fires of Mount Doom, thanks to the immensely popular film adaptations of his Rings trilogy. This edition of his 1977 volume sports 48 striking full-color paintings by Ted Nasmith, plus a foldout map. Biblical in style, it chronicles Middle-earth's creation, the ancient histories of elves, and the initial corruption of Sauron long before the forging of the Ring of Power. No doubt the most lush edition of The Silmarillion yet; be all over this one like a hobbit on a ham sandwich. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.