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Re: Oliphaunt new edition
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Does anyone know why this was withdrawn from sale? I had ordered a copy from BD before it became unavailable (and it finally arrived today more than 5 weeks after being posted -- I had given it up for lost). I notice that the copyright states "(c) 2012" (rather than 2011) and I wondered if it perhaps had to be pulled because of legal reasons related to this...

Posted on: 2011/11/22 2:13


Re: Hobbit 75th Pocket Edition printings
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Has anyone seen this for sale in Australia, yet? We don't have that many proper bookshops left in Brisbane, and even the better ones don't tend to stock hardbacks...

Edit: I just wandered down to the local bookshop and they just got it in since the weekend. It is definitely a lot different than the second printing, so the hardcore collectors will no doubt want both.

Posted on: 2011/11/15 19:49

Edited by Stu on 2011/11/15 21:06:33


Re: Complete History of Middle-Earth Boxed Set
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Glorfindel wrote:
I think it has been re-listed together with the release of the Art of the Hobbit, the Pocket Hobbit etc.
I bought my set 2 weeks ago from The Book Depository UK



What impressions are in the set?

Stu


I can now answer this one myself:

Vol 1 - 6th Impression
Vol 2 - 5th Impression
Vol 3 - 5th Impression.

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Posted on: 2011/11/12 18:08

Edited by Stu on 2011/11/18 1:41:04


Complete History of Middle-Earth Boxed Set
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Seems to be available at Book Depository:

http://www.bookdepository.com/Complet ... her-Tolkien/9780007105083

Not sure if this is old stock that has turned up or a listing error.

Stu

Edit: Seems like this has been reprinted. The Tolkien.co.uk site also has it listed.

Posted on: 2011/11/11 20:15

Edited by Stu on 2011/11/11 22:26:53


Re: New Book Releases
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Khamul wrote:

What I was really edging towards saying was --if Rateliff (watch that spelling SonOfDolf! ) just doesn't like Blok's art personally (otherwise known as personal taste), he should just plainly state this. Instead it's dressed up in some fairly harsh criticism of the art itself. It was the tone more than anything.
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To be fair to Rateliff, I think that any discussion of art (beyond any technical comments on a particular technique) would be considered to personal taste. I'm not sure it is necessary for comments to be prefaced as such.


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That aside, I wonder who he does rate. I think, personally, that Tolkien saw in Blok's art something he liked --hence buying a few. Blok reminds me of Baynes (& more recently Ruth Lacon) in lacking realism. Somehow I don't think (just speculation, mind) Tolkien would have much liked Howe, Nasmith, or even perhaps Lee. I'm just curious as to whether Rateliff rates any of the big three...

BH


I'm not sure that it really matters that much what Tolkien would have liked as to whether the art has merit for someone else. Given the personal nature of art appreciation, the fact that someone else draws value from something doesn't necessarily mean a great deal - whether that 'someone else' is Tolkien or Rateliff.

With regards to the review, I agree that it was perhaps a tiny bit mean in tone, but fundamentally it was an "opinion piece" and should be treated as such.

And to declare my own personal position, I quite like some of Blok's pictures and others not at all. They seem to be a mixed bag, quality-wise. I think the book is actually the right format for them, rather than the calendar which I think is more of a throwaway item for the masses and should have more mainstream appeal.

Stu

Posted on: 2011/11/8 2:57



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