If you were adapting the Silmarillion, as a (mostly) whole, what would be your approach? Movies? Television series? Graphic novels? A history-channel-style documentary series? Personally, I think either a TV series or series of Graphic Novels would be the best options. Films would not have enough time to dictate to each of the characters to remotely do them justice. How would you repair inconsistencies within the published texts? Such as Galadriel's past, the lineage of Gil-Galad, etc. Would you keep the names as published, or go with names Tolkien intended to change, such as the Elf who Turin threw the cup at before he left Doriath? Would you compress the story, or even go as far as to merge some storylines and/or characters, for the sake of run-times, etc? Personally, I wouldn't even consider merging story or characters. Though, I would likely compress the timeline a bit, as there are large periods of time where nearly nothing happens that would be watchable (the building of Gondolin being 50ish years, for example.) Where would you START?? I think the best approach is starting the story around the time Melkor is released, before that would be a bit of a mess, storytelling wise, and most of what came before could be shown in flashbacks.