Tolkien is the myth maker. With the tone of an ancient scribe, he relates the pre-history of Middle Earth to the forging of the Ring. Almost Old Testament heavy, Tolkien’s sense of history for his world is filled with epoch-making familial lines. Weathered genealogical branches twist among themselves to form a massive canopy under which the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place. The Silmarillion is a Biblical Arthurian Gilgamesh which Edith Hamilton and Joseph Campbell would collaborate on before running off to the Gray Havens. Except cooler.