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Re: Harpercollins - Gold Ring on Chain???
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David Brawn at HarperCollins had some more information for me:

The ring was a promotional item produced for the film tie-in books. It was a competition prize for an overseas book retailer, I think in Canada, and only a few were produced. It may well have been 200, as you say, though my recollection is that it was a much smaller number. Unfortunately, I do not have a record of which retailer or how many, and we did not keep any copies - in fact, I don't think I ever saw the actual item. A lot of competition-based promotions took place, including winning flights to New Zealand, but none of the marketing team who worked on the promotions are still with us.

I appreciate that isn't very helpful, but it was such a busy time. Promotional items were never intended to be of long-term interest or any financial value.


Anyone from Canada remember seeing these? It would be interesting to track down any ephemera (articles, advertising materials, etc.) that actually mention the ring. If we can find out what retailer ran the promotion I can probably dig further.

Posted on: 2008/4/7 11:27
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Re: Harpercollins - Gold Ring on Chain???
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Hi Remy,

I hadn't heard of the ring before, and haven't been able to track down more informatin yet. Would you be willing to provide images of the ring and box for the guide database?

I'll keep digging.

Posted on: 2008/4/3 12:23
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Thornton's announces Hobbit collector's box for sale
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Go this message from Thornton's, if you are interested:


Tolkien, J.R.R.,
The Hobbit. Collector's Box Edition 2000.
Harper Collins, 2000, Illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien and the Cover design also based on artwork by Tolkien . With Thror's Map and the Map of Wilderland on integral pages, together with the eight standard black and white illustrations. This limited edition collector's box includes a copy of the book in reduced format, with the ISBN 0261102001 recorded on the verso of the title page. This would seem to be an error, because the same number was used for the 1991 Hardback Edition of The Hobbit. The boxed set itself has the ISBN - 0007105096 , a CD recording of Tolkien reading Riddles in the Dark', eight postcards and The Map of Tolkien's The Hobbit. (map still shrink-wrapped) Also included is a flyer advertising Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, a full colour fold-out map of Wilderland by John Howe showing Bilbo"s journey, complete with a booklet by Brian Sibley about the writing of the Hobbit; Eight colour postcards featuring Tolkien"s own maps and paintings, An exclusive CD of an archive recording from 1952 of J.R.R. Tolkien reading Bilbo"s encounter with Gollum. A fine copy. Only the inside walls of the box have suffered when this was opened.

GBP 45.00

Thorntons@Booknews.demon.co.uk
http://www.thorntonsbooks.co.uk

Posted on: 2008/4/2 22:55
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Tolkien Bookshelf has signed 'The Finn Episode in Beowulf'
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Ran across David Miller's (The Tolkien Bookshelf on ABE) listing for the following two items:


This offering is for two seperate books, 'Some Contributions to Middle-English Lexicography' by J.R.R. Tolkien, and 'The Finn Episode in Beowulf' by R.A. Williams. The Finn Episode in Beowulf is signed by J.R.R. Tolkien to the front free endpaper 'Tolkien' in his distinctive early (1920's) style, with the 3 dots below. Further down the page, in pencil, in what looks to be Tolkien's writing, 'A very bad book'. Very likely from Tolkien own library, with a small Blackwell Booksellers, Oxford sticker to the bottom of the front endpaper. Slightly browned, original cloth, Cambridge University Press 1924. This copy has some scattered foxing mainly on the half title page. Also included with this book is the offprint from the Review of English Studies, Vol. 1. No. 2 April, 1925, 'Some Contributions to Middle-English Lexicography' by J.R.R. Tolkien. Original printed wrappers, margins a little creased and slightly faded, printed by Sidgwick & Jackson, London 1925. This copy is in Very Good condition, no foxing or writing, only fault to note is the rounding of the fore edge from being incorrectly shelved, and bending around the accompanying book. An unusual opportunity to acquire two items for the discerning Tolkien Collector.

$4000


http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/ListingDetails?bi=1079360552

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Posted on: 2008/3/30 20:44
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Re: Quiet in here
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I've been completely swamped for almost a month now (it seems you noticed, since you started this thread. ). Too much to do for the day job recently (including a week in Hong Kong and China), as well as ramping up to take over the fulfillment responsibilities for the Mythopoeic Society Press.

So, I really wish I could make the ADC event! Maybe next year. Hopefully my job will bring me to the UK soon anyways (or even Belgium to visit Beren) but I only know what I am doing next week at best, making plans further away seems fruitless.

I'll take this opportunity to ask what people want to see more of around here - I've been poking under the hood for the Guide database (minor changes to content and the look and feel), posted a few articles/interviews, etc. Do you use the News section? Does that belong in the forum as well as a category, rather than a completely different menu structure? Does anyone use the Tolkien Online RSS feed experiment? Etc. Any feedback welcome.

Posted on: 2008/3/26 12:37
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