booktravelingthursdays5Book Traveling Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle.  Each week everyone picks a book related to that week’s theme, then you write a blog post explaining explain why you choose that book and spotlight all the different covers from different countries. To find out more check out about BTT go to the Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is: A Book I’d Like to See Made Into a Movie!

Wow!  There are so many to pick.  This question is like asking me to decide which one of my sons is my favorite.  It is nearly impossible.  But, I guess, if I had to pick only one I’d cheat a little bit and chose a book whose numerous stories could be made into a whole trilogy of cinematic films: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Honestly, who wouldn’t love to see the stories of the war of the Noldor against Morgoth on the screen.  There is betrayal, love, hope, despair, and, ultimately, salvation.  Plus, the battles would be epic beyond scope!  I’m getting all adrenalized just thinking about it.

Wait, we are here to look at covers though.  Let me get on with that before I slip into another daydream.



I actually have this book, though it wasn’t my first copy of The Silmarillion.  That honor went to a paperback which I read as a teenager until it was falling apart.  Thankfully, I found this hardcover edition in a local used bookstore.  I still have it today.


Each one of these covers captures the spirit of The Silmarillion for me personally.  The top left highlights the cause of the war: the Silmarils, forged by Fëanor, son of Finwë.  The second cover from the left shows the endless war between the Noldor and their enemy, Morgoth.  The trio of ship covers reminds me of the beautiful ships of the Noldor and how their final salvation is derived.  And the gold cover, bottom left, reveals the fate of the lands the Noldor called home in Middle-Earth.  Plus, I really love how these covers look.  (Yes, I am shallow at times.)



I can point out the usual reasons for not liking any of these covers.  Some are too plain.  Others are too generic.  A few are not grounded in the spirit of the story.  Whatever the reason though, these covers did not peak my interest.

So what do you think?  Agree or disagree?

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  1. Nathan says:

    I saw the word Traveling in my feed and my heart skipped a beat for a second; had some flashbacks to Thursdays gone by.
    I agree, the covers with various mountain scenes are my favorite. Easily the worst one on your list is that with the army scene.


  2. PHS says:

    Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    I agree that the Silmarillion should be put on screen. But because it covers so much time maybe a TV series that covers whole pieces of related stories during a season. The copy I first had was with the original so it sticks with me but I do like some of the other favorites chosen.

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  3. The original cover comes closer to what I feel as the “perfect” cover for anything Tolkien 🙂
    It would be wonderful to see the Silmarillion translated to screen, and I agree with the poster who wrote it would work better as a TV series, given its… modular format.

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  4. Christy Luis says:

    It would be awesome to see The Simarillion on the screen- I think a lot more people would be willing to try it out, too, if they knew the gist of the story. Love that original cover!

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  5. Christy Luis says:

    *gah, Silmarillion


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