* AuthorExistenceFailure: Tolkien died before he could finish it. (But he spent years and years fiddling with the stories, so the published version is an editorial creation, assembling together various texts into a readable version that doesn't contradict itself.)
* DevelopmentHell: Tolkien began writing ''The Silmarillion'' during the FirstWorldWar and it was published only in 1977, over sixty years after its first conception.
** SavedFromDevelopmentHell: J.R.R.Tolkien worked on it from WWI to his death - over fifty years! - and it was published posthumously by his son Christopher in 1977. Most Tolkien fans agree it was definitely worth it.
* ExtremelyLengthyCreation: Tolkien started work on what would become this in 1914. After his death in 1973 it still wasn't finished. It was finally published in 1977 by his son Christopher.
* NamesTheSame: In RealLife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people there is a culture of Edain called the Ainu]].
* WordOfSaintPaul: Christopher Tolkien's commentaries and edits on posthumous works. Also his version of the war between Doriath and the Dwarves, which his father never got around to writing.

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!!Tropes inspired by this work:

* HeavyMithril
** Music/BlindGuardian's ''Nightfall in Middle-earth'' is [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic a concept album]] based on the Silm.
** Epidemia's "FŽanor."

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