The Silmarillion is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkien's works, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher Tolkien, with the assistance of fantasy fiction writer Guy Gavriel Kay.


The Silmarillion comprises five parts:

  1. The Ainulindalë - The creation of Eä (Tolkien's universe) and Ainur by Eru Ilúvatar] and the start of the corruption of Melkor.
  2. The Valaquenta - A brief description of the Valar and Maiar, the supernatural beings. The Valar Lords were called Manwë, Ulmo, Aulë, Oromë, Mandos, Lórien, and Tulkas in that order. And the Valar Queens were called Varda, Yavanna, Nienna, Estë, Vairë, Vána and Nessa.
  3. The Quenta Silmarillion - The history of the events before and during the First Age, which forms the bulk of the collection.
  4. The Akallabêth - The history of the Second Age
  5. Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

This five-part work is also known as Translations from the Elvish.