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* DevelopmentHell: Tolkien began writing ''The Silmarillion'' during the FirstWorldWar and it was published only in 1977, over sixty years after its first conception.

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* DevelopmentHell: Tolkien began writing ''The Silmarillion'' during the FirstWorldWar and it was published only in 1977, over sixty years after its first conception.conception and four years after his death.


* 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. Specifically, the only complete version of the events existed in Tolkien's ''Book of Lost Tales'', the ''very first'' version of what would become ''The Silmarillion''. This lead to massive continuity issues as Tolkien re-wrote and updated his stories.

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* 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. Specifically, the only complete version of the events existed in Tolkien's ''Book of Lost Tales'', the ''very first'' version of what would become ''The Silmarillion''. This lead to massive continuity issues as Tolkien re-wrote and updated his stories.


* 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. Specifically, the only complete version of the events existed in Tolkien's Book of Lost Tales, the ''very first'' version of what would become ''The Silmarillion''. This lead to massive continuity issues as Tolkien re-wrote and updated his stories.

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* 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. Specifically, the only complete version of the events existed in Tolkien's Book ''Book of Lost Tales, Tales'', the ''very first'' version of what would become ''The Silmarillion''. This lead to massive continuity issues as Tolkien re-wrote and updated his stories.


* 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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* 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.
writing. Specifically, the only complete version of the events existed in Tolkien's Book of Lost Tales, the ''very first'' version of what would become ''The Silmarillion''. This lead to massive continuity issues as Tolkien re-wrote and updated his stories.

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** In addition, Amazon is creating a Lord of the Rings television series. Details are currently sparse, but it is known that it will take place at least partially in the Second Age, during the time of Númenor, so it might be that the Akallabêth will be at the very least part of the adaptation.


* NoAdaptationsAllowed: The Tolkien estate has forbidden any film adaptations of the book, due to dissatisfaction with [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the LOTR movies]].

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* NoAdaptationsAllowed: The Tolkien estate Estate has forbidden any film adaptations of the book, due to dissatisfaction with [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the LOTR movies]]. They have, however, given the nod to [[https://www.volanteopera.wales/the-fall-of-gondolin a four-part opera]], which is being released from 2018.


** 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.



** To be fair the book cover's so many colossal event'

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** To be fair the book cover's so many colossal event'* 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.

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** To be fair the book cover's so many colossal event'


** One of the minor characters is an elf named Elmo. [[Series/SesameStreet We'll let that one sink in]].

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** One of the minor characters is an elf named Elmo. [[Series/SesameStreet We'll let that one sink in]].


* NoAdaptationAllowed: The Tolkien estate has forbidden any film adaptations of the book, due to dissatisfaction with [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the LOTR movies]].

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* NoAdaptationAllowed: NoAdaptationsAllowed: The Tolkien estate has forbidden any film adaptations of the book, due to dissatisfaction with [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the LOTR movies]].

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* NoAdaptationAllowed: The Tolkien estate has forbidden any film adaptations of the book, due to dissatisfaction with [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the LOTR movies]].

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** In the earliest drafts, elves had a very different form of {{Immortality}} - they shrank as they got older, becoming MiniatureSeniorCitizens. This was an attempt to explain how the old Norse concept of human-sized elves gave rise to tiny Disney-esque fairies.


* NamesTheSame: In RealLife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people there is a culture of Edain called the Ainu]].

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* NamesTheSame: In RealLife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people there is a culture of Edain called the Ainu]].Ainu]]..
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** In some stories printed in ''The History of Middle-earth'', Tolkien noted that Ungoliant was killed by Eärendil on his voyages. He later dropped this idea and had her [[ShrugOfGod possibly]] devour herself.
** Ungoliant was [[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth originally]] a primeval spirit of Darkness, whose origins were completely unknown, though presumably a creature from the Void. This is changed in later versions of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', where it is more evident that she was one of the Maiar that served Melkor [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere until she deserted him]].
** The first versions of Lúthien and her tale are very different from how the story finally shaped out to be. Originally, she was a blue-eyed blonde dressed up [[WomanInWhite in white]], Daeron was her brother, and Beren was an elf, Sauron was [[CatsAreMean a huge cat]], she didn't die but walked into Valinor over Helcaraxë to meet Mandos, and so forth.
** In some drafts for the ''Akallabêth'', Míriel fell in love with Ar-Pharazôn, married him voluntarily, and gave up most of her power to him.


* 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.)

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* 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.)[[note]]Usually.[[/note]])

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