Tolkien Collector's Guide

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth update

May 14 - By Urulöké

Just a few weeks left until the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition opens to the public on June 1! Today the Bodleian shared a short video about some of Tolkien's original artwork on social media, with Catherine McIlwaine and Alan Lee speaking.

(It does not appear to be on their YouTube channel as of yet).

Also, if interested, there is a talk on the evening of June 5 as a part of the exhibition: Mythopoeia: myth-creation and Middle-earth. The speakers are Marina Warner, Dimitra Fimi and Verlyn Flieger, and the panel is moderated by Professor Carolyne Larrington, Professor of Medieval European Literature, St John's College. Tickets are £4 and must be booked in advance (more information at the link above).
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Tolkien Studies 15 contents announcement

May 11 - By Urulöké

The following comes from David Bratman, co-editor. The book should be released later this fall.

Tolkien Studies 15 (2018)
- Nicole duPlessis, "'Changed, Changed Utterly': The Implications of Tolkien's Rejected Epilogue to The Lord of the Rings"
- Tom Hillman, "These Are Not the Elves You're Looking For: Sir Orfeo, The Hobbit, and the Reimagining of the Elves"
- Jane Chance, "Tolkien's Classical Beowulf and England's Heroic Age"
- Chiara Bertoglio, "Dissonant Harmonies: Tolkien's Musical Theodicy"

Notes and Documents
- Stuart D. Lee, "'Tolkien in Oxford' (BBC, 1968): A Reconstruction"
- Janet Brennan Croft, "Doors into Elf-mounds: J.R.R. Tolkien's Introductions, Prefaces, and Forewords"
- Denham, Robert D., compiler, "References to J.R.R. Tolkien in the Collected Works of Northrop Frye"

Book Reviews
- The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, revised and expanded edition, by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, reviewed by Jason Fisher
- Beren and Lúthien, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, reviewed by Sherwood Smith
- There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien, by Verlyn Flieger, reviewed by Alyssa House-Thomas
- The Sweet and the Bitter: Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, by Amy Amendt-Raduege, reviewed by Robert Steed
- J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet, by Julian Eilmann, reviewed by Jay Rimmer
- The Inklings and King Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, & Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain, edited by Sørina Higgins, reviewed by John D. Rateliff

David Bratman, Jason Fisher, John Wm. Houghton, John Magoun, Robin Anne Reid, "The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies 2015"

David Bratman, "Bibliography (In English) for 2016"
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New arrivals

May 9 - By Urulöké

Just for fun and to share...

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Easton Press: Lay of Aotrou and Itroun

May 3 - By Urulöké

This month The Easton Press is releasing the latest in their deluxe leather bound series of Tolkien's works: The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, edited by Verlyn Flieger. This is the same book as released by HarperCollins, but in a deluxe format with "premium" leather binding, a hubbed spine, accented with 22kt gold and gilded page edges.

Full feature list from the publisher:
- Fully bound in genuine leather.
- 22kt gold accents deeply inlaid on the "hubbed" spine.
- Superbly printed on acid-neutral paper that lasts for generations.
- Sewn pages – not just glued like ordinary books.
- Satin-ribbon page marker.
- Gilded page ends.
- Printed and bound in the USA.
- Rigorous inspection at every stage ensures adherence to our exacting standards.
- Superb craftsmanship and commitment to quality.
- Printed on archival quality, acid-neutral paper that conforms to all guidelines established for permanence and durability by the Council of Library Resources and the American National Standards Institute.
- 5 1/2” x 8 ½”, 128pp.
- $111.00 (payable in 3 installments of $37)

According to their website, they do ship outside the USA (Canada and the UK are explicitly mentioned, and "all other countries" should contact customer service for a shipping cost quote).

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Forums Auction(UK) 31st May 2018

Apr 28 - By Trotter

Forum Auctions in the UK, have four Tolkien related items for sale on Thursday 31st May 2018 at 13:00 (GMT+1)

Lot 206: Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, first edition, first impression, 1937.

Tolkien (J.R.R.) The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, first edition, first impression, frontispiece, one plate and 8 illustrations, including 7 full-page, map endpapers printed in red and black, all by the author, 2pp. advertisements, occasional scattered spotting, original pictorial cloth, slight shelf-lean, very minor bumping to corners, else fine, first state dust-jacket with the misprint "Dodgeson" for "Dodgson" corrected by hand on rear flap, light spotting and horizontal mark to spine, light toning to extreme head and foot of flaps, light scuffing and creasing to corners, some very minor surface soiling, but a sharp, near-fine example overall, 8vo, 1937.

Estimate £20,000 - £30,000 ... no&title=&view=lot_detail


Lot 207 Tolkien (J.R.R.) Beowulf: the Monsters and the Critics, first edition, [1937]

Tolkien (J.R.R.)Beowulf: the Monsters and the Critics, first edition,some light scattered spotting, original printed wrappers, browned at spine and cover margins, light creasing to extremities, still an excellent copy overall, 8vo, [1937].

Estimate £400-£600 ... no&title=&view=lot_detail


Lot 208 Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Bloomfield (Mark) and Leonard Newmark. A Linguistic Introduction to the History of English, J.R.R. Tolkien's copy , New York, 1963.

Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Bloomfield (Mark) and Leonard Newmark.A LingIntroductionduction to the History of English, first edition, J.R.R. Tolkien's copy with his ownership inscription in pencil dated 4/64 to endpaper, bookplate of Desmond Morris, original boards, dust-jacket, spine faded, torn with loss to foot of upper panel, spine chipped at head, New York, 1963.

J.R.R. Tolkien's copy of a book on the history of the English language, a subject of deep academic interest to the author that heavily influenced his Middle Earth novels.

Provenance: When Tolkien died in 1973 Desmond Morris was surprised to discover that his collection of books had been sent to Thornton's bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford, for sale. He was shown them arranged on the floor in a back room at Thorntons and, although Tolkien's specialist subjects were outside Morris's range of interests, he noticed that Tolkien had written his name in pencil in each of the volumes and he decided to acquire one as a memento of the great author.

Estimate £400-£600 ... no&title=&view=lot_detail


Lot 209 Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Printed programme for the New College School production of The Hobbit, adapted by Humphrey Carpenter, signed by Tolkien on upper cover, 1967.

Tolkien (J.R.R.).- Printed programme for the New College School, Oxford, production of The Hobbit, adapted by Humphrey Carpenter with music by Paul Drayton, 4pp., illustrations, with map by Drayton to final p., signed by Tolkien on upper cover, minor creasing, some light toning to margins of upper cover, [Hammond pp.23-24], 4to, 1967.

A rare signed playbill for the second theatrical adaptation of The Hobbit.

The first production of The Hobbit was performed at St. Margaret's School, Edinburgh for teachers and parents in 1953. This second production was a larger affair, performed over three nights, with the author in attendance on the final night. The play was adapted by Humphrey Carpenter and music composed by the school music teacher Paul Drayton (who also drew the map for the lower cover). Signed copies of the book were raffled off each night, Tolkien also signed copies of the programme for the performers.

Estimate £3,000-£4,000 ... no&title=&view=lot_detail

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