A Reader’s Guide to the Silmarillion

***Kocher, Paul H. A Reader’s Guide to The Silmarillion. Houghton Mifflin, 1980. From a somewhat cursory glance, this appears to be a fairly thorough and mostly accurate (I noted some small misreadings here and there) summary of the narrative of The Silmarillion. Unfortunately, a summary is about all that it offers, providing very little by way of insightful commentary on or analysis into the text. This is disappointing, as I thought Kocher’s Master of Middle-earth quite good. So, do read the latter, but unless you are a newcomer to The Silmarillion and need help just orienting yourself, you can safely skip A Reader’s Guide.

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