Silmarillion Seminar

The Silmarillion

Thousands of Tolkien fans have had the same frustrating experience. You have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and you have loved them. Then, you learned of the existence of The Silmarillion, another great work by one of your favorite authors, and you picked it up, hoping for more of what you loved in Tolkien’s more well-known works.

You quickly found, however, that The Silmarillion is something quite different, and rather challenging. The tone is very different and more archaic, and there are simply pages and pages full of long and difficult-to-pronounce names, which are a bit overwhelming. You put the book down and you didn’t pick it up again in a hurry.

It’s okay: you are not alone.

“This same thing happened to me, and I didn’t even try to read The Silmarillion again for about five years. I can very well sympathize with people who have tried and failed to enjoy this book.”

– The Tolkien Professor

Despite its challenging learning curve, The Silmarillion is an amazing set of stories. Some of these stories may be even more profound and more moving than The Lord of the Rings. What’s more, once you know The Silmarillion, you will begin to understand The Lord of the Rings in a whole new way.

In the Silmarillion Seminar, listeners will be reading through the book slowly and carefully, at the pace of about a chapter a week, and gathering together to have an online audio discussion with the Tolkien Professor about each chapter. Each session will be recorded and posted here on this page. Hopefully, you will pick up your copy of the book and give this truly incredible book another chance.


  1. Ainulindale – .mp3 or .m4a
  2. Valaquenta – .mp3 or .m4a
  3. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 1, “Of the Beginning of Days” – .mp3 or .m4a
  4. Quenta Chapter 2, “Of Aule and Yavanna” – .mp3 or .m4a
  5. Quenta Chapters 3-4, “Of the Coming of the Elves,” and “Of Thingol and Melian”  – .mp3 or .m4a
  6. Quenta Chapter 5, “Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalie” – .mp3 or .m4a
  7. Quenta Chapter 6, “Of Feanor and the Unchaining of Melkor” – .mp3 or .m4a
  8. Quenta Chapter 7, “Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor” – .mp3 or .m4a
  9. Quenta Chapter 8, “Of the Darkening of Valinor” – .mp3 or .m4a
  10. Quenta Chapter 9, “Of the Flight of the Noldor” – .mp3 or .m4a
  11. Quenta Chapter 10, “Of the Sindar” – .mp3 or .m4a
  12. Quenta Chapter 11, “Of the Sun and the Moon and the Hiding of Valinor” – .mp3 or .m4a
  13. Quenta Chapter 12, “Of Men” – .mp3 or .m4a
  14. Quenta Chapter 13, “Of the Return of the Noldor” – .mp3 or .m4a
  15. Quenta Chapter 14, “Of Beleriand and Its Relams” – .mp3 or .m4a
  16. Quenta Chapter 15, “Of the Noldor in Beleriand” – .mp3 or .m4a
  17. Quenta Chapter 16, “Of Maeglin” – .mp3 or .m4a
  18. Quenta Chapter 17, “Of the Coming of Men into the West” – .mp3 or .m4a
  19. Quenta Chapter 18, “Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin” – .mp3 or .m4a
  20. Quenta Chapter 19, “Of Beren and Luthien,” Part 1 – .mp3 or .m4a
  21. Quenta Chapter 19, “Of Beren and Luthien,” Part 2 – .mp3 or .m4a
  22. Quenta Chapter 19, “Of Beren and Luthien,” Part 3 –  .mp3 or .m4a
  23. Quenta Chapter 20, “Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad” – .mp3 or .m4a
  24. Quenta Chapter 21, “Of Turin Turambar,” Part 1 – .mp3 or .m4a
  25. Quenta Chapter 21, “Of Turin Turambar,” Part 2 – .mp3 or .m4a
  26. Quenta Chapter 21, “Of Turin Turambar,” Part 3 – .mp3 or .m4a
  27. Quenta Chapter 22, “Of the Ruin of Doriath” – .mp3 or .m4a
  28. Quenta Chapter 23, “Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin” – .mp3 or .m4a
  29. Quenta Chapter 24, “Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath, Part 1” – .mp3 or .m4a
  30. Quenta Chapter 24, “Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath, Part 2” – .mp3 or .m4a
  31. Akallabeth, Part 1 – .mp3 or .m4a
  32. Akallabeth, Part 2 – .mp3 or m4a
  33. Akallabeth, Part 3 – .mp3 or .m4a
  34. Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, Part 1 – .mp3 or .m4a
  35. Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, Part 2- .mp3 or .m4a