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Re: What do you read?
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Oh how fun!

My reading copy of The Hobbit is a Book Club 50th Collector's Edition - this is really only read out loud to kids, so I wanted something that looks very special (but isn't really).

I completely thrashed my dad's early 70's Lord of the Rings paperbacks as a teenager, stole them when I moved out, and finally passed what was left of them on a few years ago. Now it's an early US 2ed. set - which I love for the great gold lettering on the spines, and the Eyes of Sauron in colored foil to match the topstain. The covers look great but there are no jackets and other flaws - I have another set of these that are not read, though really I think the readers look better on the shelf - what was up with the awful jackets on those gorgeous books, anyway?

Maybe I'm an oddball in the collecting world - I read hardcovers, and most of my reading copies of other Tolkien titles are first printings that were just like new when purchased (I can hear you cringing ). The reason really is that my collection is less about age, rarity or market value and more about attractive presentation...

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My parents had a set of '60s US hardcovers that I grew up reading. I picked up a set of paperbacks (the same 50th anniversary black paperbacks you've pictured, Gondor, with the Michael Herring artwork) in '87 and read them to death (though I do think I have them around here somewhere still). Now when I re-read I grab a set of paperbacks from the garage - it is interesting to read the various different editions, though I've never read closely enough to pick up on the minor changes amongst the various Ballantine editions, for example. I still get a warm fuzzy feeling going back and reading one of the blue cloth hardcovers, though...

In regards to the Michael Herring art - I was offered the original artwork back about a year ago (it is still available online if you dig a little bit) and found myself feeling not at all interested. My least favorite of the Ballantine paperback artwork, and I was quite surprised at how long they lasted...

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Mine are a set of the Ballantine paperbacks (FotR 9th printing, TT 15th printing, RotK 7th printing). They were given to me by a dormitory mate at college who said "Here. Read these!" I have put a tick mark or date inside each time that I have read them. They are dog-eared and worm-eaten (literally), paint splattered (a long story), and the spines are held together with wide packaging tape. But they are like old friends and I would not trade them for a rare limited-edition, leather-bound set.

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What do you read?
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Obviously owners of the 1st edition of The Hobbit aren't carrying that around in their bag to read on thet rain or on the beach. But, it would be interesting to see which editions/years/paper vs. hard we read. Do you have one set of the series that you go back to time and time again or do just pick at random from the more modern, less antiquarian editions on your shelf?

Mine are just these from when I read them for English Honors in Highschool (late 90s) that I bought off of a graduating senior who probably did the same before me. (image attached)

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Re: Children of Hurin movie discussion continues
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It's a sad thing to say; but, the reality of the nature of many people today is that they are lazy and just want to sit and be fed something. I would be lieing if I said I never had such urges.

That's why a few years back when I finally heard that the movies were being made I was beyond belief that it was finally being done. By that time I had read The Lord of the Rings 5 or 6 times (only in my early 20s now) and I finally thought to myself "I get to see what other people think Legolas, Gondor, Balrog, etc look like!" Sure there is fantasy art and things like that which one can peruse. However, that only make so much of an impact when you page through an art book. When you see these things "in real life" (as with actors, sets, special effects, etc) there is a whole new element added to it.

Just in the way that you say the 1st and 2nd Ages of ME are the legends and traditions that enrich LOTR, I think a movie can do that in a way for the avid fan/reader of the series. Now when I go back and re-read the books it is fun to catch myself now and then picturing something from the movies as reading it and then I get to become an active reader and make myself forget that and create new images in my mind as I go through the books.

This isn't to say that I want to see a CoH movie anytime soon; but, food for thought. The Hobbit live action a la' the rest of the movies need to come to fruition first and then maybe in 5 years they can do a Children of Hurin movie which for all intensive purposes could even be slightly removed from The Franchise and become a stand alone Fantasy Adventure movie.

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