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The Silmarillion

(1937)
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The Silmarillion is J.R.R. Tolkien's tragic, operatic history of the First Age of Middle-Earth, essential background material for serious readers of the classic Lord of the Rings saga. Tolkien's work sets the standard for fantasy, and this audio version of the "Bible of Middle-Earth" does The Silmarillion justice. Martin Shaw's reading is grave and resonant, conveying all the powerful events and emotions that shaped elven and human history long before Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and all the rest embarked on their quests. Beginning with the Music of the Ainur, The Silmarillion tells a tale of the Elder Days, when Elves and Men became estranged by the Dark Lord Morgoth's lust for the Silmarils, pure and powerful magic jewels. Even the love between a human warrior and the daughter of the Elven king cannot defeat Morgoth, but the War of Wrath finally brings down the Dark Lord. Peace reigns until the evil Sauron recovers the Rings of Power and sets the stage for the events told in the Lord of the Rings. This is epic fantasy at its finest, thrillingly read and gloriously unabridged. (Running time: 14 hours, 6 CDs) The background to the entire Lord of the Rings epic, and the world of middle-earth. The Silmarillion is Tolkien's first book and his last, the core of his imaginative work that underlies all his writings about Middle-earth. Here are the legends of the Elder Days, the central stories that give meaning to the events of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Tolkien began The Silmarillion in 1917 and worked on it, changed it, and continued it throughout his life. Edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien, the book finally appeared four years after the author's death, in 1977. The three Silmarils were jewels created by Feonor, the most gifted of the Elves, and within them gleamed the light of the Two Trees of Valinor. But they were stolen by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, setting off the major war of the First Age. The Silmarillion includes several other works besides the main story: Ainulindale, the myth of Creation; Valaquenta, on the nature and power of the gods; Allakabeth, recounting the downfall of Numenor; and "Of the Rings of Power and the third Age," the link to The Lord of the Rings. As Christopher Tolkien describes it: "The entire history is set forth from the Music of the Ainur in which the world began to the passing of the ringbearers from the Havens of Mithlond at the end of the Third Age."

Genre: Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

November 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 1-4395-6869-3 / 978-1-4395-6869-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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November 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-726489-5 / 978-0-00-726489-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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January 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-261-10242-7 / 978-0-261-10242-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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November 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-618-39111-8 / 978-0-618-39111-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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August 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-717302-4 / 978-0-00-717302-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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July 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion (Deluxe Hardback)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-713660-9 / 978-0-00-713660-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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September 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion Gift Pack (Boxed Set)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-712331-0 / 978-0-00-712331-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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April 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-618-13504-9 / 978-0-618-13504-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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April 2001 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 1-4177-1690-8 / 978-1-4177-1690-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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October 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-261-10367-9 / 978-0-261-10367-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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January 1985 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Silmarillion (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-8085-2140-3 / 978-0-8085-2140-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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October 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
ISBN: 0-395-93946-1 / 978-0-395-93946-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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May 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-261-10373-3 / 978-0-261-10373-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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September 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion [Illustrated]
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-261-10366-0 / 978-0-261-10366-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD
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November 1990 : USA Library Binding

Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-606-01371-7 / 978-0-606-01371-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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January 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-517-68553-1 / 978-0-517-68553-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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June 1979 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-8124-2302-X / 978-0-8124-2302-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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1985 : Hardback

Title: Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 8307006325 / 978-8307006321
Publisher: Czytelnik
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1977 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-395-25730-1 / 978-0-395-25730-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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September 1982 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-823223-8 / 978-0-04-823223-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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September 1982 : UK Hardback

Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-823224-6 / 978-0-04-823224-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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December 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-823139-8 / 978-0-04-823139-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: George Allen & Unwin
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Paperback Editions

October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-544-33801-4 / 978-0-544-33801-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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August 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-752322-X / 978-0-00-752322-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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August 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-261-10273-7 / 978-0-261-10273-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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April 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-618-12698-8 / 978-0-618-12698-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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November 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-728424-1 / 978-0-00-728424-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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February 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion (Voyager Classics)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-712439-2 / 978-0-00-712439-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Voyager
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November 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-345-32581-8 / 978-0-345-32581-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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November 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion (Unicorn)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-261-10244-3 / 978-0-261-10244-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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September 1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-395-34646-0 / 978-0-395-34646-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (P)
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February 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion (Unicorn)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-823230-0 / 978-0-04-823230-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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July 1982 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-345-30692-9 / 978-0-345-30692-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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March 1979 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-04-823153-3 / 978-0-04-823153-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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February 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: THE SILMARILLION
Author(s): J R R Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
ISBN: 0-345-27255-2 / 978-0-345-27255-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

October 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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October 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
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October 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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October 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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July 2001 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-712060-5 / 978-0-00-712060-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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September 2001 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Silmarillion: v. 2
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-712058-3 / 978-0-00-712058-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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December 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silmarillion Boxed Set (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-553-52540-9 / 978-0-553-52540-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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December 1998 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-553-45606-7 / 978-0-553-45606-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silmarillion Giftpack
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-105534-8 / 978-0-00-105534-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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September 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silmarillion, Vol. 3
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-553-52502-6 / 978-0-553-52502-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 1998 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Silmarillion: 3
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-553-45584-2 / 978-0-553-45584-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silmarillion Part 5: Audio Cassette
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-105490-2 / 978-0-00-105490-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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August 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silmarillion, Vol. 2
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-553-52501-8 / 978-0-553-52501-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 1998 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Silmarillion, Vol. 2
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-553-45583-4 / 978-0-553-45583-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silmarillion Part 4: Audio Cassette
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-105467-8 / 978-0-00-105467-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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August 1998 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Silmarillion, Volume 4
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-553-52503-4 / 978-0-553-52503-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 1998 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Silmarillion, Vol. 1
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-553-45582-6 / 978-0-553-45582-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 1998 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Silmarillion, Volume 4
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-553-45585-0 / 978-0-553-45585-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silmarillion Part 3: Audio Cassette
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-105466-X / 978-0-00-105466-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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July 1998 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silmarillion, Vol. 1
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-553-52500-X / 978-0-553-52500-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silmarillion Part 1: Audio Cassette
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-105464-3 / 978-0-00-105464-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Silmarillion Part 2: Audio Cassette
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-00-105465-1 / 978-0-00-105465-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 1985 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Silmarillion of Beren and Luthien
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
ISBN: 0-694-50305-3 / 978-0-694-50305-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Caedmon Audio Cassette
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Kindle Editions

February 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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February 2011 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Silmarillion
Author(s): J R R Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins
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