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Confused by movie tie-in editions
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Okay, before Christmas I bought the latest paperback movie tie-in edition of The Hobbit. My understanding was that this is also available in a box set with the current movie tie-in editions of The Lord of the Rings. However, as I didn't currently have the previous year's movie tie-in Hobbit, I decided to buy the box set containing that version. That way I figured I would end up with one copy of each book.

When my box set arrived today, however, I was slightly surprised to find that the books are a different size. The copy of The Hobbit I bought individually is in B-format, whereas the box set books are in the smaller A-format. I've attached some photos to illustrate.

This leaves me wondering whether there are two versions of all of the books. Does anyone else have any of these books and can they confirm this?

Looking at the HC website, each of the books is listed individually as well as in a LOTR box set and the two Hobbit/LOTR box sets. However, none of the descriptions mention size. Also, the ISBN numbers for my box set books don't appear to match those quoted by HC for the individual volumes, and the page counts are higher.

TolkienBooks.net doesn't cover any of the LOTR books or the box sets. However, the page for The Hobbit has recently been updated and shows both the 2012 and 2013 movie tie-in paperbacks. In fact, it shows two versions of the 2013, but only one of the 2012.

Here's what I think. All five books are available individually in B-format. As far as I can see, the LOTR box set is also B-format. However, it appears that both Hobbit/LOTR box sets contain A-format versions of the books, and that these aren't available individually. This would imply that the only way to get both Hobbits in A-format is to buy the same LOTR books twice.

Anyone know if I'm right?

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Re: New Book Releases
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By the way, anyone else noticed the spelling mistake on the contents page of the Catlin Hobbits?

Posted on: 2013/9/15 13:25


Re: New Book Releases
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Trotter wrote:

Turambar wrote:
Anyone noticed that the HC website is showing a hardback edition of Children of Hurin as having been published on 1 August this year? As far as I can see, this looks exactly the same as the original 2007 edition.

Has anyone bought it, and is it genuinely a new (presumably 2nd) edition? If so, are there any noticeable changes?


Can you give a link, I have not noticed this?


Here's the link:

http://www.tolkien.co.uk/titles/84428/the-children-of-húrin-j-r-r-tolkien-9780007246229

I can't see anything new about it, except the publication date.

Posted on: 2013/9/2 15:07


Re: The Wonders of...
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Trotter wrote:
It is not even released yet, but you can get signed copies of Jemima Catlin's Hobbit from Mark Faith, would it not be better if HarperCollins issued signed copies (they do have a website tolkien.co.uk), and not have to pay a £12 markup on the Amazon price from Mr Faith

eBay Item #231033693012

If you want a signed copy, then it may be worth waiting to see what does appear on tolkien.co.uk


There are signed copies on sale in Waterstones stores.

Posted on: 2013/8/30 10:28


Re: New Book Releases
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Anyone noticed that the HC website is showing a hardback edition of Children of Hurin as having been published on 1 August this year? As far as I can see, this looks exactly the same as the original 2007 edition.

Has anyone bought it, and is it genuinely a new (presumably 2nd) edition? If so, are there any noticeable changes?

Posted on: 2013/8/25 16:17



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