Tolkien Collector's Guide

Holiday shopping ideas - artists

Yesterday - By Urulókë

It's that time of year, when people are shopping for holiday gifts, and you (or your loved ones) are looking for ideas for what to get you when you already seem to have everything Tolkien related under the sun (and moon, and stars)...

This will be an evolving list as I find more links and ideas to add, and as sales/coupon codes are announced. Please reply with your own ideas as well! These are in alphabetical order - my day job has an end-of-year deadline so I am working 7 days a week and can't focus as intently on making this coherent and as useful as I would like this year.

Links in general are to the storefronts of the various artists, when I can find them. I will note any shipping concerns if I know of them, but please reconfirm before ordering if you are not in the same country as the vendor as there may be delays or blocks from them to you with the current worldwide situation. I've tried to include a somewhat representative sampling of what is available from each link, but by no means is everything shown. Clicking through is highly recommended to see everything on offer.

Soni Alcorn-Hender (Bohemian Weasel)


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Soni (aka Bohemian Weasel) has been a featured artist for The Tolkien Society and Beyond Bree, as well as well as trading card games such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit for Decipher. has a shop on Society6.com where her prints are currently half off for the week.

Emily Austin


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Emily Austin
Emily's paintings have been featured by the Tolkien Society and Beyond Bree. Located in the USA.

Matěj Čadil


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Czech illustrator Matěj Čadil has an Etsy shop with original art and prints of fantasy illustrations inspired especially by the world of J. R. R. Tolkien.

John Cockshaw


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John Cockshaw has prints (paper, metal, canvas) and other merchandise available from his Redbubble shop.

Jenny Dolfen


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Jenny has enamel pins, prints, and original art on Etsy (ships from Germany, might be region blocked, please confirm before ordering) and T-shirts, mugs, and other gear with her art on it on TeeSpring (ships from various warehouses worldwide). She is offering a 15% discount on Esty (automatically offered) and Teespring (Code: CYBER2020) for this week - I don't know when the offer expires, so better sooner than later.

Anke Eissmann


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Anke Eissmann has prints and postcards available from Germany.

Elmenel


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Elmenel does calligraphy and map-drawing. She has prints, cards and books available in her shop. Ships from Ireland.

Donato Giancola


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Donato has multiple limited edition prints and original sketches available on his website.

Joe Gilronan


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Joe Gilronan has a wide range of prints of his Tolkien related (and other) art available for purchase.

Tómas Hijo


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Tómas Hijo does limited edition linocut prints, as well as bookplates - you can custom order one, but probably not in time for the holidays at this point. Read a great interview with him here. Ships from Spain.

Jay Johnstone


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Jay Johnstone takes "inspiration from Byzantine iconography to the great works of Gustav Klimt". He has books, prints, card decks and more at a good range of price points. Ship from the UK? (confirming)

Morinehtar (Michael Taaffe)


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Morinehtar (Michael Taaffe) does mostly Celtic knotwork inspired art prints and other merchandise e.g. pillows and throws. Redbubble prints on demand from various locations worldwide. Michael also has a shop on Imprnt that ships from the USA.

Ted Nasmith


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Ted Nasmith has limited edition prints available through his Facebook shop.

Norloth


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Norloth does not have a shop, but some art prints, and some enamel pins, are available through partnership with another seller on etsy. Enamel Pins - Postcard set

Peter Price



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Peter Price has a wide variety of merchandise (including prints) on Redbubble for his range of Tolkien illustrations. Pictured here is Gwindor's Charge.

Karolina Węgrzyn 'Sirielle'


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Karolina Węgrzyn 'Sirielle' has a website landing page that links to numerous channels for her prints and other merchandise.
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J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis - An Archive of Autograph Letters - 1953-1972

Nov 17 - By onthetrail

A nice eBay listing. I think it is rather overpriced but still nice to see the images.

From the
Seller: cranswick-books (756)
Ends 2020/12/17 13:28:46
Buy-It-Now:
£9,750.00
Submitted by: onthetrail


London / Oxford, Various, 1953-1972. First Edition. First Impression. Hardback. A remarkable archive of scholarly correspondence between Burchfield and three key Inkling members, demonstrating the lesser-seen academic lives of Tolkien and Lewis. This collection, from the library of noted philologist and lexicographer Robert W. Burchfield (1923-2004), consists of: three autograph letters signed from C. S. Lewis to Burchfield discussing an exchange of books and his membership to the Early English Text Society (of which Burchfield was the editorial secretary); a typed letter signed by fellow Inkling C. L. Wrenn (accompanied by Burchfield?s copy of Wrenn?s edition of Beowulf with the Finnesburg Fragment, 1953, and Burchfield?s typescript draft response); Burchfield?s copy of J. K. Wallenberg's Kentish Place-Names, which was lent to Tolkien for many years, accompanied by an autograph letter signed by Tolkien dated 1972 noting his intent to return the book; followed by an autographed letter signed by Christopher Tolkien in 1974 completing the return, and apologising for the two year delay. Burchfield arrived at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from his native New Zealand in 1949. At Magdalen College he studied English under both Tolkien and Lewis, forming a particularly close bond with Tolkien, who served as a mentor and supervised his edition of the 12th-century text The Ormulum. Upon graduation he became a Fellow at Magdalen, subsequently moving to Christ Church and St Peter?s. His friendship with the Magdalen librarian Charles T. Onions (who is mentioned briefly in Old English by Lewis in his note dated 18 June 1956) led him to edit Onions?s Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. In 1957 he consequently became editor of the second Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, becoming the chief editor in 1971. Physical Description: Kentish Place-Names: Original brown wrappers, titles printed to spine and front cover in black. Burchfield?s ink ownership inscription to front wrapper, wrappers browned and detached with significant chipping, a good copy at best; Beowulf with the Finnesburg Fragment: Original black boards, titles to spine in grey and to front board in blind. Burchfield?s pencilled ownership inscription to front free endpaper, newspaper clipping taped to front pastedown, his marginal pencil notes throughout. Negligible rubbing to edges, a near-fine copy. [And:] 8 autograph letters and manuscript notes housed in 4 acetate wallets. Letters occasionally a little creased and browned; overall notably well-preserved. All pieces housed together in a custom blue cloth box by Sjoerd Hofstra. [8789, Hyraxia Books].
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Beyond Bree 2021 Calendar is now shipping

Nov 12 - By Urulókë

Hi all,

just a quick reminder that the Beyond Bree 2021 Calendar has been printed, and is now available for shipping. It would make a great gift for a Tolkien fan you know, or for yourself of course. I received mine and I'm quite proud with how it came out. With art from fans and pros from all over the world, there should be something to like for all.

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Tolkien 1957 handwritten letter for auction - Nov 14 2020

Nov 8 - By Urulókë

Up for auction at Ira and Larry Goldberg, Auctioneers in their Collectibles auction on November 14-15, 2020 is a handwritten letter from Tolkien. While not mentioned in Scull & Hammond's Chronology, the letter does make reference to Tolkien being "invited to various parts of the world" - a reference to another letter he wrote on the same day to Cees Ouboter in regards to a forthcoming plan for a trip to Holland.

Lot 115 - Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel -- ALS Referencing The Lord of the Rings
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel -- ALS Referencing The Lord of the Rings (1892-1973) English writer, poet, philologist, and academic; best known for writing The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Autograph letter signed, "J.R.R. Tolkien," on the first page and with his initials on the second page (1 sheet front and back), 7x4½", Oxford, Dec. 19, 1957. To "Dear Patricia"

Estimated Value $2,500 - UP
Attributed to The Richard A. Basler Collection
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Elmenel calligraphy sale this weekend

Nov 6 - By Urulókë

Elmenel, a fantastic calligrapher, is offering 30% discount for her art prints at https://store.elmenel.com from 17:30 GMT today to 24:00 on Sunday.

I have many of her prints myself, and she produced a fantastic piece for the 2021 Beyond Bree calendar that is shipping now, so my personal recommendation cannot be overstated.


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