Tolkien Collector's Guide

Lord of the Rings 1st impressions for auction

Sep 13 - By Urulókë

For someone priced out of a fine set, this might be something interesting, but there are a lot of issues with the lot. Issues are
  • missing dustjackets
  • marked with a "T" on the spine, which likely means these were library books at one point
  • First volume is missing the foldout map, and the other two are now loose
  • ink ownership inscriptions to inner boards and front free endpapers
  • lots of wear evident to the boards/spines from the one photo

Still, these could go for less than a thousand pounds.

Mellors and Kirk auction on 16th Sep 2020


Lot 678
London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1954, 1954, 1955, first edition/first state of each of the three books, original publisher’s red cloth, some light marks primarily to vol 1, some general wear to extremities, later ink ownership inscriptions to inner boards and front free endpapers, text clean and bright with no foxing, large loose folding map to rear of vol 2 and 3 (only) plus a further map at p24 in vol 1 (3)

Estimated at £800 - £1200 (before buyer's premium of 24% to 25.8%)

Sold for a hammer price of £3800 (!), not including buyer's premium.
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Ted Nasmith virtual exhibition this month

Sep 12 - By Urulókë


Arrival at Caras Galadhon copyright © Ted Nasmith, used with permission

Ted Nasmith is the featured artist and has some lovely artwork on exhibition now through the end of September 2020 at IX Gallery. The pieces on display are all for sale as well, so perhaps you will find an original piece for your own collection.

With Ted being one of the three artists appearing in the 2021 Tolkien Calendar and the illustrated Unfinished Tales book coming out later this year, this is an excellent time to see his other artwork (Middle-earth related and others as well).

Original art on display (in alphabetical order, prices in USD)
  • Aegon's Fort ($4,450)
  • Arrival at Caras Galadhon ($6,575)
  • Arya Stark ($650)
  • Bard the Bowman ($775)
  • Beleg is Slain ($4,670)
  • Beorn: Lord of the Wild ($6,675)
  • Boromir ($4,250)
  • Bran Stark ($600)
  • Butterflies Above Mirkwood ($3,500)
  • Casterly Rock ($4,675)
  • Catelyn ($650)
  • Daenerys (Sketch) ($325)
  • Dain ($925)
  • Eddard Stark ($650)
  • Harrenhal ($4,675)
  • Huan's Leap ($4,250)
  • Jon Snow ($650)
  • Lord Walder Frey and Catelyn ($3,550)
  • Passing the Wheel Tower ($4,550)
  • Pontiac Series: 1962 Coupe Sketch ($325)
  • Pontiac Series: 1963 Tempest Le mans ($2,750)
  • Pontiac Series: 1972 Bonneville ($1,225)
  • Pontiac Series: 1973 Ventura ($750)
  • Pontiac Series: 1974 GTO ($950)
  • Pyke (Sold)
  • Riverrun ($4,675)
  • Rural Series: Abandoned Millpond, Balaclava, ON ($1,225)
  • Rural Series: Leaning Shack, Canal Road, Bradford ON ($1,750)
  • Sam and Rosie Cotton ($5,350)
  • Sansa Stark ($650)
  • The Towers of Valyria ($8,650)
  • Wargs ($625)
  • Westeros Scene: Looking Southeast Toward the Bay of Crabs ($6,450)
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Beyond Bree 2021 Calendar announcement

Sep 11 - By Urulókë

Beyond Bree cover web.jpg

Cover art by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Beyond Bree

is happy to announce its

2021 Calendar

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places,
but still there is much that us fair, and though in all lands love
is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."

The theme of this year's calendar is fellowship, friendship, family and love,
as interpreted by artists from around the globe - Soni Alcorn-Hender, Emily
Austin, Elyanna Choi, Anke Eissmann, Elmenel, Donato Giancola, Sylvia
Hunnewell, Tim Kirk, Octo Kwan, Wenjin Lu, Nancy Martsch, Ted Nasmith,
and Gordon Palmer. This year's calendar is edited by Jeremy Edmonds (Urulókë),
who also edited the 2020 Beyond Bree Calendar.

The color and black and white calendar will be 11 x 8 ½ inches,
opening to 11 x 17 inches. It will have both Middle-earth and real world holidays.

Pricing: $20 plus shipping - USA $2.00, the rest of the world $5.00.
For large orders, please inquire for details.

For PayPal orders please add $1.00. Send payment (in USD) to: (this is a name, not a link).
Send check or postal money order (in USD drawn on a US bank) payable to:
Nancy Martsch, PO Box 55372, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413, USA.
You may send US currency, at your own risk, in a sturdy envelope.

For more information please e-mail:
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Leaf By Niggle streaming show now fundraising

Aug 19 - By Urulókë


Puppet State Theatre has gotten permission from the Tolkien Estate to film their wonderful one-man show "Leaf By Niggle" performed by Richard Medrington, which was filmed quite recently at the Scottish Storytelling Centre's Netherbow Theatre, and will be available for streaming next week, for those willing to chip in to cover costs. If you are interested in supporting, the fundraiser can be found at

I was able to see his performance a year ago at Tolkien2019, and it really was marvelous. It bring's Tolkien's story to life with his warm performance, and I am very excited to be able to see it again. If you are interested, "The Man Who Planted Trees" is also available for streaming - a puppetry and storytelling adaptation of Jean Giono's classic fable of a shepherd who dedicates forty years to regenerating a barren area of the South of France.
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New Breton Translation of The Hobbit Published

Aug 15 - By Urulókë

hobbit-breton.jpgEverytype has just announced the release of their Breton translation of The Hobbit, available for purchase through Amazon (com, uk and fr) - find links to the various shops at

The Hobbit was first translated into Breton in 2001 by Alan Dipode. This new edition is based on that first translation by Alan, and has been revised by Alan Dipode and Joshua Tyra. Updated maps and runes in Breton are provided by Michael Everson, along with Tolkien's original illustrations with captions translated into Breton by Michael as well.

Second edition, 2020. Illustrations by the author. Dundee: Evertype.
  • Hardcover - ISBN 978-1-78201-269-6, price: €27.95, £24.95, $33.95.
  • Paperback - ISBN 978-1-78201-268-9, price: €19.95, £17.95, $24.95.

Be sure to look out for other Evertype Hobbit translations also available: Irish, Cornish, Hawaiian, Yiddish and Esperanto. Michael says that Gaelic, Scots, and Hindi translations are in the works as well.
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