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Re: Tolkien legacy
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After reading Tolkien as a youth I went out looking for something similar and read authors like Eddings, Donaldson, Jordan, Goodkind, Martin, etc. None of them to me could match the quality of Tolkien, and some seemed like they were trying very hard to plagiarize him (Terry Brooks comes to mind). I have to admit that I did enjoy Martin’s series. His work is really only fantasy in that it is set in a fictitious world where there are some elements of the supernatural. To me his work reads more like fictionalized history set in medieval Europe, and his style is reminiscent of someone like James Clavell.
As for recommended reading I would say Gaiman’s “American Gods” is one of the most engaging fantasy type books I’ve read recently.

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Re: Hatchards Leather Quarter bound Hobbit (No Reserve)
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£60.00. That's what I paid for mine, at Oxonmoot 1997.

With hindsight, maybe I should have bought half a dozen...

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Re: Hatchards Leather Quarter bound Hobbit (No Reserve)
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I think the whole market (bar top end) has taken a decline recently vs. I would normally expect Tolkien books to at least hold their value.

As discussed before ebay is an odd sales vehicle at times but overall like other sales vehicles it is open to simple rule of supply and demand. If there is only say 1-2 Hobbit AH books for sale pa then the price will increase. If more prices will decrease.

This is why i believe these prices will decrease. During my time collecting i have noticed 15-20 years after release more books come onto the market and the prices drop albeit maybe only for a short period but they do decrease.

Other factors such as a well known film coming out soon will increase value but only for a short time 3-4 years maybe ?

The question in my mind is wait or not to wait and this is of course dependent on us mad collectors and the desire to own that Tolkein book.

For me it is more the thrill of the chse as well. Yes I could raid my piggy bank and buy the AL Hobbit for £4-450 i am sure but imagine if i can get/find a copy or £250!

What was orignal price of this book, anyone know ?

Posted on: 2011/10/14 7:30


Re: Tolkien legacy
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Stu wrote:
I hated Song of Ice and Fire so much that I couldn't complete the first book.


You missed the best part of the book! In the last chapters of the first book a lot of the stuff happens that is the very reason many people like these books so much.

Of course Tolkien is on a different level.

Posted on: 2011/10/14 4:48


Re: Hatchards Leather Quarter bound Hobbit (No Reserve)
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Stu:

I'm rather new to Ebay so yes maybe my max bid was incorrectly sized. My thinking at the time was that 375 was the max I would be willing to pay because I could pick it up at Thornton for the same price (that is no longer the case though).

Laurel:
My collection is growing slow but steady but still very modest. Why do you think prices will come down for these specific items? Or do you think Tolkien book prices will come down in general?

Posted on: 2011/10/14 4:14



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