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Re: [WANTED] Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review (Volumes I - VI)
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NoUse wrote:
I have no problem with controversy and don't take offense easily. In fact, I agree that the body of secondary material has grown far too fast during the last couple of years. But since you attach no value at all to literary criticism, Stu, it is really hard to argue. After all, we are talking about a whole academic field here (a very old one, indeed, and one Tolkien himself was engaged in). "[Creating] something new of their own" is also a delicate matter. A good scholar is not automatically a good creative writer, and vice versa. Personally, I'd rather read a good piece of Tolkien criticism than a bad novel.



I have been meaning to reply to this for ages. I think that you misread what I wrote (at least in my second post where I was a bit clearer). I don't see anywhere that I said that I attached "no value at all" to literary criticism.

What I said is that it has "been done to death" at this point. My view is that there isn't that much room for further investigation into Tolkien and his life and work, as it has been covered very, very extensively. There has been some extremely high quality work done by CT, Wayne and Christina and many others, but the stream of books and papers is seemingly never-ending (and much of it completely subjective in nature).

It seems a little bizarre to me that we have the situation where the amount of man-hours spent analysing Tolkien's life and products almost certainly vastly exceeds the man-hours he, himself expended creating them. That said, everyone is quite free to spend their time in whatever manner they choose, and no harm is done in either the creation or consumption of these academic works (well, depending on who funds them, I guess).

Posted on: 2014/3/1 18:39


Re: Deluxe edition Harpercollins completed collection?
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Did anyone ever get confirmation of the print run for the Deluxe UT?

Posted on: 2014/3/1 18:17


Re: 2007 Children of Hurin
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tolkienbrasil wrote:
But my question came again. are there others prints of the first edition UK?


I have definitely seen a 3rd impression in Australia, but it was a long time ago. So far as I remember it was a regular printed-in-the-UK copy. I think the asian printing for our market was only done for the 1st impression (probably to assist with the worldwide simultaneous release).

[Edit: According to tolkienbooks.net, there are at least 12 impressions.]

Posted on: 2014/3/1 18:07

Edited by Stu on 2014/3/4 21:41:33


Re: 2007 Children of Hurin
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tolkienbrasil wrote:
Interesting, but I prefer collect book published in UK.


But the book that you show the picture of appears to be a CAD Dollar denominated version, printed in the USA? - I'm confused as to why you collect that as clearly it isn't of UK origin? I'd be very surprised if the 2nd impression sold in the UK was printed in the USA (happy to be proven wrong!).

The Au/NZ versions are published by HarperCollins (UK), they just printed them in different places to save on distribution costs (and possibly time) - which means there are minor variations as the printers would have had slightly different materials available to them. Same situation as the Canadian edition that you appear to have.

Posted on: 2014/3/1 18:00

Edited by Stu on 2014/3/1 18:10:03
Edited by Stu on 2014/3/1 18:52:23


Re: 2007 Children of Hurin
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Eduardo, you may wish to collect the Australia/NZ (HarperCollins) 1st Print. It is distinguishable from the UK 1st due to slightly different material for the boards and the printer is listed as "Printing Express, Hong Kong". Otherwise it looks like the UK 1st.

Posted on: 2014/3/1 0:53



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