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Re: Australia's "Biggest Hobbit Fan" celebrates his growing Tolkien collection
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Looking at the video, I think the 1946 Hobbit has an original Dust Jacket (you get to see the damaged spine at one point), but the Foyle's Hobbit I don't think is original. I have never seen a copy of this book with that good an original dust-jacket.

Peter, if you are reading these posts then please join the community, you have an excellent collection that a lot of members would love to be able to own themselves.

Posted on: 2011/6/25 3:44


Re: Australia's "Biggest Hobbit Fan" celebrates his growing Tolkien collection
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Heh - don't worry; we're not in the business of tarring folk around here. As a matter of fact, I've just been looking at Peter's profile on Beren's Tolkien Library site; and, as one might expect, there's a difference in tone between this account in Peter's own words, and the account as written by the newspaper reporter.


A couple of things took my attention; firstly, Peter moved away from movies memorabilia around 2007, and concentrated more on the books. Another is that he had the opportunity to show his collection in a month-long exhibition sponsored by the Queensland State Library. I'd very much like to have such an opportunity myself - I enjoy showing the collecition to froends, and it would be really good to be able to get it across to more people. But in the case of a public exhibition security would be a major concern. My ambition will have to remain a pipe-dream, I suppose.

Posted on: 2011/6/25 2:25


Re: Australia's "Biggest Hobbit Fan" celebrates his growing Tolkien collection
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Please don't rediscard all the Australian collectors, there aren't many of us, but still some that consider themsleves serious collectors

I dont know Peter Kenny, I'm sure that he is very proud of his collection. I watched the Collectors program a few weeks ago, and I was a little disappointed that the show concentrated on his movie related items not his books. The two editions of The Hobbit were nice though and I also wondered if the dustjackets were origianl.

I dont collect movie related items and the core of my collection is based on the books listed on Deagol's website. My collection is quite modest having aquired about two thirds of the books on Deagol's site, modest but still proud of what I have collected.

I wanted to collect so I could refer to the original sources and not being reliant on extracts or mis quotations in biographies and articles. I still don't think that this makes my collection more elite than someone collecting movie related items, just different. I must admit some of the statements in Peter Kenny's interview are pretty over the top, especially when you consider some of the collections held by some of the members of this website alone.

So, I am hoping that all Australian collectors aren't being tarred by the same brush, we are around. sometimes not all that vocal and actibe on the web, I haven't post much in the last few years, I have been kept up to date daily on this website, unfortnuately due to some eye surgury over the last year or so, I am a bit restricted (I hope this posting is readable without too many mistakes) but I'm still collecting slowly and hopefully in the future I might be able to get back to being more active on this site.

Dior

Posted on: 2011/6/24 17:48


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Just curious if you still have this chess set?

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Re: Australia's "Biggest Hobbit Fan" celebrates his growing Tolkien collection
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Yes, I notice this tendency on theoneringnet, too - folk who describe themselves as Tolkien fans, when they mean they're really fans of the movies. As Stu says, horses for courses.

But I'm interested in Kenny's hobbits as shown in the clip above - I too have a Foyles edition; and a 4th imp. I wonder whether his copies have original dust-wrappers, too?

Something which struck me from the article -

"But Kenny ... says his favourite item is not the biggest nor most expensive (that honour is reserved for the one metre square 'Hobbit hole' recently acquired from the UK, sum undisclosed).

Instead, his first edition from the second printing of The Hobbit, which went to press in December 1937 just months after the primary run."

Does this mean that he paid more for a model of Bag End than he did for a Dec. '37 Hobbit? Blimey...

Posted on: 2011/6/24 14:51



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