The Silmarillion and the Paradise Lost in comparison

What have in common The Silmarillion and the Paradise Lost? Come and find out here on my blog!

The Silmarillion is a collection of mythopoeic stories by the English writer J. R. R. Tolkien, while the Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. What have in common and in contrast the two works?

The Silmarillion is a work by J.R.R Tolkien published after his subsequent passing by his son Christopher Tolkien,

with the assistance of science fiction writer Guy Gavriel Kay.

The Silmarillion is the main source of the ancient history of Middle-earth and the First Age and of the fall of the kingdom of Númenor,

which is divided into these great chapters:

  • The Ainulindalë: The first part of the Silmarillion, where is the creation of , that is the universe of Tolkien, the Timeless Halls, the creation of the Ainur by Eru Ilúvatar and the beginning of the corruption of Melkor during the song of the Ainur.
  • Valaquenta: A brief description of the Valar and Maiar, the supernatural beings.
  • The Quenta Silmarillion: The history of the events before and during the First Age, which forms the bulk of the collection.
  • Akallabêth: The history of the Second Age Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age- his five-part work is also known as Translations from the Elvish.

The Silmarillion, along with other posthumous collections of Tolkien’s works,

such as Unfinished Tales and the The History of Middle-earth series,

form a comprehensive yet somewhat incomplete narrative that describes the universe within which The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place.

A picture of Sauron and the ring.

On the other side there is John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

The work begins with the expulsion of Lucifer from Paradise together with other rebel angels,

who took sides against the Most High. Holed up inside Hell,

the fallen angels now transformed into demonic beings set up their army to continue the rebellion and subsequently clash with the Angels.

At different points in the poem, an angelic war for heaven is told from different perspectives.

A picture of Archangel Michael.

The Fallen Angel Rebellion follows the epic convention of large-scale warfare.

The battles between the faithful angels and the forces of the fallen angel take place over three days.

In the final battle, the Son of God alone defeats the entire legion of angelic rebels and banishes them from heaven.

A picture of a fight between an angel and a demon.

Following this purge, God creates the world, culminating in his creation of Adam and Eve.

While God gave Adam and Eve total freedom and power to rule over all creation,

he gave them an explicit command: not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil on pain of death.

But exactly what have in common the The Silmarillion and the Paradise Lost? Find out below my video: The comparison between the Silmarillion and the Paradise Lost.

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