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The Silmarillion Primer:

Being a Not Especially Long-winded But Still Quite Lengthy Yet Entertaining and Informative Guided Tour Through the Stories, Themes, Characters, and Otherworldliness of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Most Notorious Work, As Edited and Compiled By His Son Christopher and Some Guy

In this revised and expanded edition, Jeff discusses, praises, and adoringly pokes fun at J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal work, as a guide for new readers. The original Primer was first posted as bi-weekly segments on in 31 installments and has been updated for this new edition. Walk through the details of the Silmarillion with Jeff and discover the history of the elves, the story of the Silmarils, the creation of the Dwarves, and much more from Tolkien’s legendarium.

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Join our author patronage system, the Author’s Circle, to be an active part of the creative process! Jeff’s Author’s Circle members will receive:

  • Access to text and audio chapters on release
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  • Personalized versions of the book at final publication

About the Author

Jeff LaSala

Author, Editor, and Tabletop Gamer

Jeff LaSala is a production editor for Tor Books at the Macmillan Publishing Group, a freelance writer, and a longtime tabletop gamer. As a Tolkien columnist for, he writes essays that discuss, praise, and adoringly poke fun at all things Arda; for the Silmarillion Primer and its follow-up series, Deep Delvings into Middle-earth, he is entirely to blame. Jeff has written RPG adventures and campaign lore for Goodman Games, Dungeon and Dragon magazine articles for Wizards of the Coast, and the Eberron novel The Darkwood Mask. He can even be accused of hoodwinking a host of fantasy authors into writing cyberpunk fiction in the experimental, multimedia anthology known as Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero.