Who "wrote" the Silmarillion? Or should I say, how did it come down to us?
- As "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" come down to us via the
Red Book of Westmarch as written by Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, added
onto by Sam and his descendents and later translated by the author,
what is the literary "history" of "The Silmarillion?" Are they
translations made by Bilbo of stories heard and researched in
Rivendell, a transmission from the great beyond, or is it simply the
Middle Earth Bible (and thus it is what it is)? Or is it a posthumous
collection of the author's Middle Earth mythologies, without any
artifice at all? I don't recall this being explained in the book and
I've been pondering this for some time and i am curious as to what
the learned people of this group would have to say. Of course the
artifice of the Redbook as the historical means by which the stories
come down to us adds to the charm and gravitas to Tolkien's first two
fairy tale works, and while I'd like to think that this applies to
his last as well, "The Silmarillion" is majestic enough without it.