Tolkien Collector's Guide

Blackwell's Once Upon a Time - exhibition and catalog

Dec 12 - By Urulöké

Blackwell's rare books and Zuleika Gallery are having an exhibition (and sale catalog) in association with The North Wall Gallery and St. Edward's School with the topic "Once Upon a Time". The exhibition runs from 29 November through 5 January 2019 at the North Wall Arts Centre at St Edward’s School, Oxford and entrance is free.

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While there are no exhibits or sale items that are directly Tolkien related, there are many items that could be of interest to collectors here.

Lot 7 - The Most Wonderful Animals that Never Were signed by Pauline Baynes (the illustrator), £200.

Lot 8 - Unicorn, original drawing by Pauline Baynes, £2000.

Lot 9 - Saint George and the Dragon, being The Legend of the Red Cross Knight from The Faerie Queene., signed by Pauline Baynes (illustrator), £200.

Lot 10 - Fairy Tales from the British Isles, Retold by Amabel Williams-Ellis. Signed by Pauline Baynes (illustrator), £600.

Lot 60 - Lang (Andrew, Editor.) A Complete Collection of the 12 Fairy Books. £12,000.

There are 105 lots in total, so I am sure I missed at least one other that at least tangentially relates to Tolkien and his interest in Faery! The catalog is downloadable at the link below.
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BBC drama Tolkien In Love

Dec 10 - By Urulöké

For the next four weeks, the BBC Radio drama "Tolkien in Love" is available for listening worldwide on their website. It is approximately 1 hour in length. The description they provide is

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and Edith Mary Bratt first met in 1908. They were both orphans living in a boarding house in Birmingham. Despite the difference in their ages and religions - she was 19 and Protestant, he was 16 and Catholic - they fell in love.

When Ronald's guardian, Father Francis Xavier Morgan, found out, he forbade him to see Edith again until he came of age at 21. Ronald reluctantly obeyed and later left the city after winning an exhibition to Oxford. Edith went to live in Cheltenham. At midnight on the night he turned 21, Ronald wrote to Edith declaring his undying feelings. Unfortunately, in the intervening years, she had got engaged to someone else. He raced to her in Cheltenham, they walked through the countryside and Ronald had one chance to win Edith's heart.

Their love was the inspiration for the Beren and Luthien story at the heart of Tolkien's novel The Silmarillion.

Starring Will Merrick (Skins, The Rack Pack) as Ronald and Claudia Jessie (Line Of Duty, Their Finest) as Edith. Tolkien In Love is based on real events and written by Sean Grundy, whose previous work for Radio 4 has been Sony and Tinniswood Award nominated.

A CPL production for BBC Radio 4.

Direct link to the audio:

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Amazon Kindle book deal today

Dec 8 - By Urulöké

Houghton Mifflin has put all of the major Tolkien works on sale today (Kindle e-books) for $2.99 each, if you are looking to fill any holes. From The Hobbit through Fall of Gondolin, pretty much everything I checked was on sale. This is a "deal of the day" so prices will go back up at the end of today.

I checked Amazon UK and there is no similar deal going on there today that I could see.
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Forthcoming: Donato Giancola art book on Middle-earth

Nov 20 - By Urulöké

For fans of his artwork:

"Nearly 200 stunningly realistic paintings and drawings bring the greatest fantasy epic of all time to life. Classical realism unites with contemporary storytelling as artist Donato Giancola explores the mythic grandeur and the iconic characters of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings saga."

Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Books (April 2, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1506710867
ISBN-13: 978-1506710860
Product Dimensions: 10 x 14 inches link:
$39.99 (list price) link:
£33.50 (list price)

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Fellowship: Question #10 - Favorite Foreign edition cover?

Nov 17 - By Urulöké

As mentioned previously that this was coming... what's your favorite foreign edition cover for a Tolkien book?
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