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19 | The Silmarillion, Pt. Four
The third installment of The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien covers The Coming of the Men Into the West, The Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin, as well as the great love story of the Silmarillion, Beren and Luthien. Finally, we get to know the evil ways of Sauron, and understand our character’s direct lineages to the LoTR characters we know and love.
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