The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien: A Brief Account of the Book and its Making
|The Silmarillion [by] J.R.R. Tolkien: A Brief Account of the Book and its Making|
|Publisher||Boston: Houghton Mifflin|
The Silmarillion [by] J.R.R. Tolkien: A Brief Account of the Book and its Making is a pamphlet published by Christopher Tolkien soon after the publication of The Silmarillion. The text was reprinted in Mallorn n. 14 (1980, pp. 3-5, 7-8).
"[F]or a time, I worked toward a book that would show something of this diversity, this unfinished and many-branched growth. But it became clear to me that the result would be so complex as to require much study for its comprehension; and I feared to crush The Silmarillion beneath the weight of its own history. I set myself, therefore, to work out a single text, by selection and arrangement." (p.4)