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Re: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Lord of The Rings
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I saw the same sellout then reappearance, I think that is why I just assumed it was a second (revised) printing. It seems odd that they would have unbound sheets of the one volume edition laying around, but certainly possible.

Has anyone bought the deluxe UK edition from a new retailer (Daeron's, Amazon, but not Rown's, all my copies are from the first wave) in the last seven months (and opened it) that can confirm if the copyright page says anything different?

It seems odd that a public company like HarperCollins (subsidiary of News Corp.) would hold on to books or sheets in some warehouse at some considerable cost for marketing purposes. Hard to justify to stockholders. If they weren't selling well, perhaps they stopped distributing for a while to build up demand again?

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It was indeed strange... it sold out rather quickly on amazon and then showed up for sale again about 7 months ago... i thought it was rather strange indeed. Either they just printed so many that they did not sell all of them and now with the Children of Hurin want to get rid of them. Or they did something else...
They were looking for something they can call 'deluxe' but want to sell it as a mass product. To make a true deluxe edition, would have been too expensive I think. But how they managed to get more 'deluxe' lotr's and hobbits out there I don't know. Maybe just perfect marketing? Did they know they would sell Children of Hurin in this edition back then? And so kept some copies to sell right now?

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I am a little suspicious about the 2004 Deluxe Edition lasting for so long. It used the same sheets as the standard trade edition, so it wouldn't surprise me if they have subsequently bound up more copies in the deluxe style.

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Jeremy - these are the details I have on hand at the moment. Not sure if there is enough detail for you...

The Lord of the Rings. Pre-release promotional brochure. 1978. Saul Zaentz Production Company.

The Lord of the Rings. Press Pack. 1978. United Artists. Information on the film and its makers together with 22 black & white photos.

The Lord of the Rings. Bakshi Film Programme. ?1978? Loring Publishing.

The Lord of the Rings Press Book. Booklet. 1978. United Artists. A guide for American cinemas to help them advertise the film.

The Lord of the Rings Exhibitor’s Campaign Book. Booklet. 1979. United Artists. A guide for British cinemas to help them advertise the film.

The Lord of the Rings. Film poster. Saul Zaentz Production Company.

Middle-earth. Poster Map. 1979. Tolkien Enterprises.

The Lord of the Rings. Video. 1978? Saul Zaentz Production/Thorn EMI

The Lord of the Rings. Video. 1999. Saul Zaentz Production/Warner Bros.

The Lord of the Rings. VCD.

The Lord of the Rings. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Double LP. Composed and Conducted by Leonard Rosenman. Fantasy Records.

The Lord of the Rings. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Limited Collectors Picture Disc Edition Double LP. Composed and Conducted by Leonard Rosenman. Fantasy Records.

The Lord of the Rings. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Compact Disc. Composed and Conducted by Leonard Rosenman. Intrada.

Theme from The Lord of the Rings. Leonard Rosenman. Sheet music. 1978. Saul Zaentz Production Company.

The Lord of the Rings Souvenir Music Book. Magazine. 1978. Tolkien Enterprises. Sheet music and artwork from the film.

The Lord of the Rings. Single Volume Paperback. 1st Unwin Paperbacks Edition 1978. Unwin Paperbacks. Cover Illustration – Black Riders from Bakshi film.

The 1979 Calendar of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Illustrations from the Bakshi film. Ballantine Books.

The Lord of the Rings Film Calendar 1980. Illustrations from the Bakshi film. Fantasy Films.

The Film Book of J.R.R.Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Hardback with dust wrapper. 1st Edition 1979. Fantasy Film Books.

The Lord of the Rings Fotonovel. Paperback. 1st Edition April 1979. Fotonovel

The Lord of the Rings. The Official Authorized Magazine of J.R.R.Tolkien’s Classic Fantasy Epic. June 1979. Warren Special Edition.

The Lord of the Rings Coloring Book. Paperback. 1st Edition 1978. Tolkien Enterprises. Contains the pictures from the doodle kits.

The Lord of the Rings Coloring Book. Paperback. 1st Edition 1979. Whitman.

The Lord of the Rings Colouring & Activity Book. Paperback. 1st Edition 1979. Whitman.

The Lord of the Rings Magic Slate Paper Saver. Re-usable Drawing Pad. 1979. Tolkien Enterprises/Western Publishing Company.

The Lord of the Rings Doodle Kit. Colouring Kit. 1978. Tolkien Enterprises. Posters of ‘The Battle of Helm’s Deep’, ‘Gandalf Confronts Saruman’, and ‘Gandalf Battles The Balrog of Moria’.

The Lord of the Rings Doodle Kit. Colouring Kit. 1978. Tolkien Enterprises. Posters of ‘Bilbo’s Farewell Party’, ‘Gandalf’s Last Instructions Before Leaving The Shire’, and ‘The Fellowship Approaches The Mines of Moria’.

The Lord of the Rings Doodle Kit. Colouring Kit. 1978. Tolkien Enterprises. Posters of ‘The Orcs Capture Merry and Pippin’, ‘Gandalf Confronts Saruman’, and ‘Gandalf Battles The Balrog of Moria’.

The Lord of the Rings Painting Guide. Paperback. 1979. Heritage Models Inc.

Gollum Belt Buckle. Brass belt buckle. 1979. Tolkien Enterprises.

The Lord of the Rings. Bed Sheet. 1979. Tolkien Enterprises.

The Lord of the Rings Candle. Wax candle. Affair2remember.

War of the Ring. Board Game. 1977. SPI.

Ralph Bakshi and The Lord of the Rings. James Oliver. Paperback. 1st Edition 2001. Screenpress.

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Thanks Trotter!

For some reason, my brain kept automatically inserting "Deluxe" into Wayne and Christina's website comment.

So, for the UK edition, (if I have this straight):

1. Deluxe 2004 HC 1 vol.
2. Trade 2004 HC 1 vol, same text as 1.
3. Trade 2005 PB 1 vol., corrected text and expanded index
4. Trade 2005 HC 3 vol, same as 3.
5. Trade 2005 PB 3 vol, same as 3 but the pagination is different, so the Reader's Companion doesn't line up correctly.

4. and 5. have had two impressions (at least), the rest are all single impressions only (including the deluxe editions still available on Amazon.co.uk).

Interesting that the deluxe edition, at 2500 copies (my source was an email from Wayne, agrees with Deagol's website) is still available at steep discount. While not super cheap, it is beautiful. I think if it had been released as a "limited edition of 2500" rather than just had 2500 copies printed, it would have sold through much faster. It also probably didn't help that the text was revised and the index expanded so soon, but the deluxe edition collector and the "needing the authoritative text" collector and the "buy Johnny a set for Christmas" folks are quite different people.

I think these will sell out soon after the Deluxe Children of Hurin hits the market and people want them all looking so nice next to each other on the shelf.

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