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Buying Tolkien
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Hi, it's been a few years since i've been on this site and i'm really glad i was able to find it again! I first started finding interest in LOTR in high school and early on in college starting a small collection of Tolkien books, now i've been married a couple of years and have found a renewed interest in my collection (mainly the obtaining part!). I never tried to get any early printings of the hobbit or LOTR, mainly because i was only interested in first editions. Obviously i wasn't going to entertain the thought of trying for a 1/1 LOTR and definately not the hobbit!! But recently i got a 1/7 TT and a 2/1 FOTR and ROTK and i love them! I like the history of the books and i think that that is something that has come with getting older and feeling like time is moving faster! So after that long ramble i'll get to the point of this forum (what i have in my mind at least). What should i expect with collecting early editions of LOTR and Hobbit? Are there things you guys with more experience can help me understand, such as when to buy (like with the new Hobbit movie coming out, what does that do to the market?), what is actually collectible, as in what should i want to buy (point being i see it faaarrr down the road to have a 1/1 set of very good LOTR with DJ...), and is there any way to set a value to the later printings? This is a late night post so i hope i made some sense! Thanks to all who read this and thanks to all who reply!

Posted on: 2012/4/26 20:56


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Welcome – hope you become a more regular visitor again
Sounds like you have the Tolkien ‘bug’ again. Will try and give my views on some of your points.
Firstly if it's early LOTR &Hobbits you are after you will need two factors- a lot of patience and potentially deep pockets. As we have highlighted in this forum there are still bargains to be had though on various sites- you just have to find them and sometimes be very very quick and just in right place at right time. Even then it can be frustrating as sometimes a deal will get snatched from under your nose as a recent example highlights.
Q: When to buy? A: When it's right for you Id say? The film will have an impact but I think it will also draw lots onto the market. The LOTR film sent prices flying and whilst they have dropped in recent years I suspect this is recession Ied not a massive decline in interest but others may feel otherwise.
Q: What is collectible- A: Everything Tolkien (and NOT Tolkien!) by the looks of it. Suggest you choose an area and try best to stick to it but collect what you enjoy. It may be just Hobbits or the Silmarillion. Personally I like to try and find the ‘best’ copy of something and would rather not buy a book say without a dj and wait to find that elusive jacket copy.
Q Value? A: This has raised much debate in past and often we see crazy prices paid. Rarity and condition seems to drive this in the main as expected.
I would add one thought. Like you I thought I would never own that 1/1 set of LOTR but with persistence and not a lot of money you will still find bargains and find that set. ;)
Good luck in your search

Posted on: 2012/4/26 22:44


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Thanks laurel! i definitely feel the anticipation for the movie drawing a lot of ebay listings. And i know some people don't prefer ebay for adding to their collection, but i guess it's all about the bargains for me..but sometimes you wonder if it actually was a bargain...For example; the FOTR and ROTK i just bought were "correction" both the 1967 "2nd impression of the 2nd ed, and i got them for 14 pounds and 7 pounds respectively, and there was a TT 1966 1st impression of the second edition that i didn't buy and it went for 35 pounds, which was more than i would pay (i was looking at 9 pounds post each), but it left me confused how i could buy a 1967 ROTK for 7 and a 1966 TT would go for five times that all in the same hour. Also the TT i recently bought i paid 150 USD for, which i'm starting to feel thats the most it's worth from checking ABE and other places. But still i see a 7/5/4 box set for 895 pounds. I guess what i'm most curious about is this, is a later impression set of LOTR worth 500 pounds? are the later impression sets i see listed way over priced, or is it because they are a box set? Or is it all just relative to what you are willing to pay? Thanks again!

Posted on: 2012/4/27 2:09


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Peeta,

Welcome. Personally, I don't think later impressions of LotR are worth a lot. If I had 500 pounds to spend, I would wait around and shop around for a 1st,1st.

If you are going to be buying later impressions, I personally wouldn't pay more than about 50 to 100 pounds per book (depending on the impression and condition).

Posted on: 2012/4/27 6:48


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Thanks jlong, it's good to hear some opinions!

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