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Re: Are tolkien collectors the most hardcore completeists?
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I don't claim to be a completist - but I do have several areas of interest in collecting, aside from the mainstream stuff; for instance I enjoy collecting Tolkien's contributions to academic journals and poetry collections. My collection has a good range of items; beginning with 'Oxford Poetry 1915' and several titles from the 20s onwards.

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Re: Are tolkien collectors the most hardcore completeists?
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I think there are at least a couple of different factors at work. Off the top of my head (I am sure there are other reasons):

- Tolkien's major works have remained in print since they were issued, and have sold incredibly well. This has led to many different editions, many different illustrated editions, textual changes, etc. Because his works appeal across the generations, as new readers discover him they each bring their own favorite edition they started out with. They also each bring their own budget! Which leads to...

- Tolkien's works can be collected under any budget. Very few are the fans who can afford his first editions (even back in the mid-nineties the LOTR first edition sets were listing for many thousands of dollars).

- Every collection is different - for first edition collectors in general, there is no such thing as being complete (in other words, having a copy of every first edition ever published) - you have to specialize in your collection, based on interests, budget, and space amongst other things. (A spouse is often on this list as well. )

Tolkien collectors are a special breed of Tolkien fan. You cross the line when you end up with a second copy of one of his works. From there, it is all downhill.....

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Re: 1979 Tolkien Enterprises Chess Set
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Are any of your pieces or the board marked in any way (initials, dates, copyright, author signature, etc.)? There really is not that much information on these online right now, so the more you can provide, the better!

Posted on: 2009/8/3 11:55
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Re: Tolkien Postcard books
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Rowns wrote:

Listed as a hardcover re-issue from 2004 (note the 40 cards instead of the standard 20 as well). No image available, and no copies for sale. Not sure if this exists, haven't seen any copies on the used market either.


I'm convinced that this was a Postcard book that was going to be released but never was, it would have been on eBay if it came out

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Are tolkien collectors the most hardcore completeists?
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It seems like most collectors of other authors mostly want first editions. Tolkien collectors seem to be more "completeist" in their approach.

What do you think?

Posted on: 2009/8/3 9:23



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