Title: The little story of Silmarillion.
Topic: The Silmarillion as an excellent example of literary art, amazing interweaving of myth and reality. Specific purpose: To inform my audience about unic history, that unfolds in the Tolkien’s book. Thesis statement: Today I want to share my knowledge and feelings about “The Silmarillion”. Introduction
Attention material: Tolkien worked on Silmarillion, changed it, and enlarged it throughout his entire life. The writer said: "The Silmarillion is the history of the War of the Exiled Elves against the Enemy, which all takes place in the North-west of the world (Middle-earth). Several tales of victory and tragedy are caught up in it; but it ends with catastrophe, and the passing of the Ancient World". It was edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher Tolkien, with the assistance of fantasy fiction writer Guy Gavriel Kay to reconstruct some major parts. Credibility material: Imagine the old, powerful world, with mighty breath of ancient magic and myths. Arda’s world, that is lit not covered by the sun or moon, but with the shining of two mystic trees – Telperion (silver light) and Laurelin (golden light). the trees of Arda are intelligent creatures, who can walk, who has their one language. Other characters are no less surprising and exsiting. Transition: “The sense of history, depth and grandeur that's apparent in the LOTR (Lord of the Rings) is so MUCH more convincing than any other fantasy novel for a reason. That history has been written. It's real, follow me and let’s go inside!”
I. Pre-history of Tolkien’s saga
a) The Silmarillion is actually Tolkien's first book and also his last. In origin it precedes even The Hobbit, and is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's Middle Earth. b) It shows us the ancient history to which characters in the LOTR look back, talk, rhyme and sing about.
c) It's more than slightly staggering to consider the epic fantasy "Lord of the Rings" to be the tail end of Tolkien's invented history. A "Sacred book" of Middle-Earth, the "Silmarillion" stretches from the beginning of time to the departure of the Elves from Middle-earth. d) Silmarillion has five parts: 1. The Ainulindalë – the creation of Eä, Tolkien's universe. 2. The Valaquenta – a description of the Valar and Maiar 3. The Quenta Silmarillion – the history of the events before and during the First Age. 4. The Akallabêth - the history of the Second Age. 5. Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age. Transition: Only after reading "The Silmarillion" can readers truly appreciate Tolkien's literary accomplishments, and the full scope of the Middle-Earth that is glimpsed in his more famous books.
II. Writing style of Silmarillion
a) Silmarillion is more recalls to the Eddas, the Bible, or the Kalevala, than to "Lord of the Rings." b) It's more formal and archaic in tone; Tolkien did not get as "into" the heads of his characters in Silmarillion as he did in LOTR, and there is no central character. c) If you can take the formal prose and mythical style, this is a treasure, and a must-read for anyone who loved LOTR or "Hobbit." Transition: “It isn't too hard to imagine that these things could actually have happened. In a genre clogged with shallow sword'n'sorcery, Tolkien's coherent, carefully-written backstory is truly unique.”
III. Ainulindalë – the creation of Eä, Tolkien's universe. a) Ilúvatar's creation of spirits of lesser power than him, yet of independent nature, named the...