[quote="GIR, post:1, topic:277228"]
Today I was reading the Akalabeth, not part of the silmarillion proper, but included in the book at the end. I reread it because I was thinking it reminded me of the English reformation. Would anyone else agree with me? I'm not saying Tolkien had this in mind, but that some of the same themes are there.
i read The Silmarillion (including Akallabeth), and was bowled over by it. The beautiful english, which i can only call "High English" (copied from Tolkien
s term "High Elven"), made it even better. Actually, in spite of the doom and disaster described in The Silmarillion proper, i think its even better than The Lord of The Rings. Apart from the even more beautiful language, it provides solid background which explains so many events in LOTR, including the reason for the very existence of LOTR.
The trouble with the content of The Silmarillion is that a lot of the stories were written on scraps of paper......on the backs of envelopes (!) etc, and weren
t even finished. There was lack of coherence; and as Christopher Tolkien said, they would best be regarded as handed-down Elven tales from the Elder Days.s malice inflicted on Hurin and his kin was downright depressing. i won`t be reading the "Children of Hurin" :eek:.
Reading the consequences of Morgoth
Regarding the Akallabeth: no, i wasn`t reminded of the English "reformation". But notice near the end of that work:, he refers to the Numerorian refugees (Elendil et al) shipwrecked on the shores of MIddle Earth:
......but the exiles on the shores of the sea, if they turned towards the West in the desire of their hearts, spoke of Mar-nu-Falmar that was whelmed in the waves, Akallabeth the Downfallen, Atalante in the Eldarin tongue.
Atlantis always came to mind, and swamped anything else.