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The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien (1977) | The 25 Most Challenging Books You Will Ever Read Reading Lists, Reading Writing, Book Lists, Book Worth Reading, I Love Books, Great Books, Books To Read, Favorite Authors, Favorite Books
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The 25 Most Challenging Books You Will Ever Read

What makes it challenging: Did you read The Lord of the Rings and think, "This needs way more backstory?" No, because you're a sane person. But just in case, The Silmarillion offers a complete mythological history of Tolkien's universe, and lo, it is dense.Excerpt: "With Manwë dwells Varda, Lady of the Stars, who knows all the regions of Eä. Too great is her beauty to be declared in the words of Men or of Elves; for the light of Ilúvatar lives still in her face. In light is her power and her…