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Re: New super deluxe editions
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One more thought...

The publication of any new works is an interesting topic (and, all of this has been discussed in a previous thread, I am sure). Long now has Christopher Tolkien worked to bring as much as possible of his father's writing to light. While I certainly hope it is not soon at all, there will come a time when Christopher is not around to drive the publication of new materials. If there are any unpublished/incomplete works still there, I would vastly prefer to see them edited and brought to light by Christopher. He is simply the authority when it comes to his father's writing. I know that Tolkien's grandson will control editing rights eventually, but there is simply no way that anyone can carry on as Christopher has. His contributions have been nothing short of tremendous.

Just a thought...

Posted on: 2011/1/14 20:09

Edited by Elw on 2011/1/15 6:14:51
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Re: New super deluxe editions
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My understanding is that the publication of the Super Deluxe Sigurd and Gudrun was prompted by the Tolkien Estate and not Harper Collins. It seemed that they wanted to put out a very nice edition of this book as a tribute to the work itself, as well as to provide an opportunity for fans to own a fine edition. (Beren should probably confirm this notion though. I seem to remember him having the inside scoop on the background of this book).

As far as new Super Deluxe editions go.... I think it is likely that at some point in the future, they will publish more. I don't know if it will be to the same specs as the most recent two, but someday, there will be something. I am skeptical that they will publish any new works in such a format (one could hope for a fancy 'Lay of Leithian' or something of that ilk*). Personally, I would like to see another SD Hobbit, LotR, or Silmarillion. Another question to ask is, would it be worth doing without Christopher Tolkien's signature? Maybe do something like the first 100 of 500 copies signed like in 1987 for the Hobbit (and 1982 for the Sil).

*Not that the Lay of Leithian is anything new, but it hasn't been published as a nice stand alone edition. I think they could pull off a few smaller Super Deluxe volumes of things like this and maybe 'Fall of Gondolin' or similar bits. These super deluxes aren't for the mass consumer anyway, and serious collectors would eat them up IMHO.

Posted on: 2011/1/14 19:57
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Re: Super Deluxe Children of Hurin
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Trotter wrote:

Elwë recently sold #490 on eBay


Yes, Trotter, I have wondered the same. I purchased my most recent copies only about a month ago. I picked up 2 CoH and 1 S&G during the 3 for 2 sale. I received #490 and #492, so I thought they must be almost out of them. I had actually considered ordering a couple more just in case I could snag #500/500. Not that it would be of any higher value, but maybe kind of neat, anyway. (Is that ridiculous or what! What have I become!)

Oh, by the way - I ditched my former name of 'Alpingloin' in part because it implied that I was partial to Tolkien's Dwarves, which really isn't true at all (not that I discriminate, or anything). Mostly, I changed it because it was kind of dumb.

Posted on: 2011/1/14 19:30
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Re: A real Tolkien´s letter?
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I agree that it appears to be fake. It bears a striking resemblance to the many fakes we have seen from ebay seller 'cavorite51.'

example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/J-R-R-Tolkien-Per ... tible&hash=item2eb27528a1

Posted on: 2011/1/13 6:57
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Re: Silmarillion US 1st Ed Question
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Not the Holy Grail. Good luck on your bindery training!

Posted on: 2011/1/6 20:36
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