Ballantine Books Edition, 1979. FIRST EDITION, First Printing. Near mint condition, never opened tightly bound. Pages are crisp, clean and mark-free. Before there was Bilbo, Frodo, or Gandalf, there were the Elder Days, when the Dark Lord Morgoth's obsession with the magical gems called the Silmarils drove a wedge between the worlds of elves and men. THE SILMARILLION is essential reading for fans of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. 458 pages.