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Livestream chat with Chris Bouchard - The Hunt for Gollum

11 May - By Urulókë

More than 15 years ago, Chris Bouchard and a team of dedicated fans created the film "The Hunt for Gollum" on a shoestring budget. Released in 2009, it has since been viewed over 20 million times across various streaming platforms. With Warner Brothers announcing a movie on the same subject, we sit down with Chris to talk about his film, Tolkien fandom, moviemaking, and what's he's been up to.

Sat, 11 May 2024 9:00 PM GMT



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Bernard Hill: Titanic and Lord of the Rings actor dies

5 May - By Trotter

Actor Bernard Hill, best known for roles in Titanic and Lord of the Rings, has died aged 79.

He played Captain Edward Smith in the 1997 Oscar-winning film and King Théoden in the Lord of the Rings.

His breakout role was in BBC TV drama Boys from the Blackstuff, where he portrayed Yosser Hughes, a character who struggled - and often failed - to cope with unemployment in Liverpool.

He died early on Sunday morning, his agent Lou Coulson confirmed.

Tributes to Hill have been coming in since the news of his death broke.

RIP, was very pleased to have met him at the Children of Húrin launch.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-68962192

Bernard Hill


Image from Jane Johnson on X, Orlando Bloom, Alan Lee, Liv Tyler, Bernard Hill and Sala Baker in New Zealand


https://twitter.com/JaneJohnsonBakr/status/1787108043592806839

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The Lord of the Rings Hardcover – Special Edition October 2024

1 May - By Trotter

The Lord of the Rings Hardcover – Special Edition, October 2024

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Three-volume, deluxe slipcased hardback set of The Lord of the Rings, illustrated throughout by acclaimed Tolkien artist, Alan Lee. Features exclusive new paintings and dozens of pencil drawings appearing for the very first time, together with three removable art cards and two foldout maps.

Since it was first published, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, this work of sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Across its many editions, in the region of 100 million copies have been sold around the world. And no edition has proved more popular than the Centenary edition illustrated by award-winning artist, Alan Lee.

Now, for the first time since its publication in 1992, this illustrated edition has been revised and expanded, with a number of brand-new paintings and more than 50 pencil drawings added by the artist.

Readers will be able to follow the complete story of the Hobbits and their part in the quest of the Ring – beginning with Bilbo’s Long-expected Party and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom – while also enjoying more than fifty full-page colour paintings and numerous illustrations which accompany this epic tale.

This new hardback set of this beautifully illustrated work has been bound in cloth and leather and features brand-new cover designs by the artist. The three volumes are housed in a custom-built illustrated slipcase stamped in silver foil with designs created exclusively by Alan Lee and are accompanied by three removable art cards, and two foldout maps of Middle-earth drawn by Christopher Tolkien.

UK



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Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins; Deluxe Illustrated Boxed Set edition (10 Oct. 2024)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 1472 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0008669430
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.9 x 9.5 x 22.8 cm
RRP : GBP 250 (these do not appear to have any limitation on copies produced)

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The Lord of the Rings Deluxe (UK illustrated HB)

HarperCollins (2024-10-10)


£250.00 HarperCollins (Other Format) - Availability: Click to check
$319.47 Blackwell's (Unknown) - Availability: Unknown
£219.39 Amazon.co.uk (Hardcover) - Availability: Preorderable
€279.99 Amazon.de (Gebundene Ausgabe) - Availability: Preorderable


It is available for pre-order on HarperCollin's site on the 12th July 2024

US



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Publisher : William Morrow (October 1st, 2024)
ISBN-13 : 978-0063392939
Hardcover : 1332 pages
RRP : USD 325.00 (these do not appear to have any limitation on copies produced)

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The Lord of the Rings Deluxe (US illustrated HB)

William Morrow (2024-10-01)


$289.82 Amazon.com (Hardcover) - Availability: Preorderable
€319.92 Amazon.de (Gebundene Ausgabe) - Availability: Preorderable


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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

18 April - By Mr. Underhill

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All printings of the 1st Edition w/ Jackets

This article is an introduction to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, edited by JRR Tolkien and EV Gordon. It was first published by the Oxford University Press in 1925. These volumes of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are scholarly editions of the Middle English romance. Tolkien was responsible for the glossary and for the text of the poem, while Gordon produced the majority of the accompanying notes. This article does not cover Tolkien's translation of the story into modern English, which was first published in 1975, there are some accompanying images of variants of those volumes at the end of this article however.

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All printings of the 1st Edition without Jackets

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th-century chivalric romance in Middle English alliterative verse. The author is unknown; the title was given centuries later. It is one of the best-known Arthurian stories, with its plot combining two types of folk motifs: the beheading game, and the exchange of winnings. Written in stanzas of alliterative verse, each of which ends in a rhyming bob and wheel, it draws on Welsh, Irish, and English stories, as well as the French chivalric tradition.

It is an important example of a chivalric romance, which typically involves a hero who goes on a quest which tests his prowess. It remains popular in modern English renderings from J. R. R. Tolkien, and others, as well as through film and stage adaptations.

The story describes how Sir Gawain, who was not yet a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, accepts a challenge from a mysterious "Green Knight" who dares any man to strike him with his axe if he will take a return blow in a year and a day. Gawain accepts and beheads him, at which point, the Green Knight stands, picks up his head, and reminds Gawain of the appointed time. In his struggles to keep his bargain, Gawain demonstrates chivalry and loyalty until his honour is called into question by a test involving the lord and the lady of the castle at which he is a guest.

The poem survives in one manuscript, Cotton Nero A.x., which also includes three religious narrative poems: Pearl, Cleanness, and Patience. All four are written in a North West Midlands dialect of Middle English, and are thought to be by the same author, dubbed the "Pearl Poet" or "Gawain Poet".

1925 1st Printing



2,500 copies printed. Page edges untrimmed. Contains a tissue guard on the title page, and errata slip towards the front of the book.

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1925 Edition, Facsimile Jacket

Stamped ax ornament and border on upper board are in gilt. Logo present on spine of binding.

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1925 Edition

1930 2nd Printing



Corrected edition. Variants have been seen both with and without tissue guards over the plates. This one is one without a tissue guard. Nearly same dimensions as the 1st printing.

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1930 Edition

Variants have been seen both with and without the top edges of the pages trimmed. Stamped ax ornament and border on upper board are in gilt. Logo present on spine of binding.

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1930 Edition

1936 3rd Printing



Size reduced somewhat. Top edges of pages trimmed.

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1936 Edition

Stamped ax ornament and border on upper board are plain, very difficult to see in lower light. Logo present on spine of binding

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1936 Edition

1946 4th Printing



Size reduced even further, most likely printed to Britain’s postwar economy standard. Top edges of pages trimmed. Back of the dust jacket altered.

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1946 Edition

No stamped ax ornament or border on upper board. Variants have been seen with and without logo on spine of binding.

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1946 Edition

1949-1955 5th - 7th Printings



Top edges of pages trimmed. No stamped ornament or border on upper board.

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1949, 1952, & 1955 Editions

Logo present on spine of binding. Much smaller and thinner than the earlier printings and for the most part uniform.

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1949, 1952, & 1955 Editions

1960-1966 8th - 10th Printings



All page edges trimmed. No stamped ornament or border on upper board. Boards varying shades of green.

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1960, 1963, & 1966 Editions

Logo present on spine of binding. Dust jacket completely redesigned.

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1960, 1963, & 1966 Editions

2nd Edition Hardback and Paperback



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1967 Hardback & 1968 Paperback Editions

Using a number of sources of information, including Tolkien's later notes on the subject, Norman Davis revised Tolkien and Gordon's earlier work - largely rewriting the Introduction, Notes and appendices on Metre and Language in the process.

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1967 2nd Edition next to 1925 1st Edition

Reprinted many times

The size of the book (but not the text) was reduced for the paperback volumes as well as some reprints of the hardback volumes but just how many times these were produced is unclear. According to tolkienbooks.net this volume was being reprinted well into the 1990s.

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All Editions w/ Jackets

Size of the book much enlarged and dustjacket completely redone in design for this new hardback edition.

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All Editions without Jackets

Translation into modern English



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1975 GA&U and HMCO Editions with the 2020 HC Deluxe Edition

Edited by Christopher Tolkien and published in 1975 together with Pearl, and Sir Orfeo. This was the first of his father's works that Christopher prepared for publication after Tolkien's death in 1973. I have included just a few variants, but it is not an exhaustive list. That article will have to wait for another day

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Various Paperback Editions

All images from the collection under The Hill

For more information

1. J.R.R. Tolkien A Descriptive Bibliography - Wayne G. Hammond with the assistance of Douglas A. Anderson (Oak Knoll)
2. Deagol's Site - Tolkienbooks.net

TCG YouTube Video on Sir Gawain



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Sir Orfeo

15 April - By Trotter

Sir Orfeo



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Cover of the 1944 pamphlet - Image from the Bodleian Library, Oxford



The plot is very familiar to Tolkien readers. Sir Orfeo is the King, whose wife disappears. He leaves his kingdom to try and find her, and travels to Faerie. He finds his wife and travels back to his kingdom.

It cannot be said where or when Sir Orfeo was composed with any more precision than probably in the south-east of England in the latter part of the thirteenth century, or early in the fourteenth; and it seems at any rate more probable than not that it was translated from a French original.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by Christopher Tolkien



1944 edition



This is a very rare publication, and to date only five copies are known to exist. The small number of surviving copies may be down to the fact that Tolkien's name does not appear on the pamphlet.

A note inside the Bodleian Library copy indicates that the booklet was reproduced by the University (by mimeograph) before the text, set for English Schools, was formally printed from type. However, the booklet seems to have been the only printing of this text. Another copy, in the English Faculty library at Oxford, contains a note, reported to be in Tolkien's hand, which states that this edition of 'Sir Orfeo' was prepared for the navel cadets' course in English, which Tolkien organized in January 1943 and directed until the end of March 1944.

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Fortunately, Tolkien Studies Volume 1 (2004) has an article Sir Orfeo: A middle-English Version By J.R.R. Tolkien (Carl F. Hostetter), which contains the whole of Tolkien's transcription and his notes from the pamphlet, along with some excellent background to the poem. A highly recommended read.

In the MS. Tolkien A33/1 (1) Folios i - 22 at the Bodleian Library are the notes and some typed pages of Tolkien's middle-English version of the poem. The printed notes at the end of the pamphlet are typed in italics. The typed version includes line numbers but the printed pamphlet does not include the line numbers, so was possibly not proofed by Tolkien, as he needed the line numbers to talk about the poem. The numbers were pencilled in or Tolkien's copy.

There are some typed notes on the back of one page of the original typed manuscript, which give an indication that Tolkien may not have liked the poem as much as other middle-English poems.

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Academic Copying Office, Oxford - Image from the Bodleian Library, Oxford



A.J. Bliss 1954 edition



An edition of Sir Orfeo was published in 1954 edited by Alan Bliss as part of Oxford English Monographs series of which J.R.R. Tolkien was a general editor. Bliss also thanks Tolkien for his assistance in the book.

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Sir Orfeo A.J. Bliss London: Oxford University Press - From the Library of Mr. Underhill



1975 edition



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Proof edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by Christopher Tolkien - George Allen & Unwin 1975



In 1975 George Allen & Unwin published Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by Christopher Tolkien.

In the Preface

His version of Sir Orfeo was also made many years ago, and had been (I believe) for long laid aside; but he certainly wished to see it published.

I was not able to discover any writing by my father on the subject of Sir Orfeo. Here therefore, in keeping with my general intentions for the book, I have restricted myself to a very brief factual note on the text

Christopher Tolkien, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by Christopher Tolkien - George Allen & Unwin 1975



The obvious difference between the 1944 and 1975 editions are that the 1975 publication is Tolkien's translation to modern English. See page 23 in the Introduction for Christopher's notes.

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