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Jul 27 - By Trotter

5th August 2021

Lot 238


Tolkien (J.R.R.)The Hobbit, second edition (fifth impression overall), colour frontispiece, illustrations, map endpapers, original cloth, faint marking to covers, light rubbing to extremities, but a bright and sharp example overall, 8vo, 1951. No dust-jacket.

An excellent example of the important second edition, containing substantial revisions by Tolkien. When writing Lord of the Rings, Tolkien realised that Gollum's maniacal obsession with the ring, crucial to the plot of the later trilogy, was not apparent in his earlier work. He therefore made a number of changes to convey a more consistent character and included them in the new 1951 edition.

Estimate £200-£300 ... w=lot_detail&lot_id=83545

Lot 239


Tolkien (J.R.R.) [The Lord of the Rings], 3 vol., comprising The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954; The Two Towers, 1954; The Return of the King, 1955, first editions, first impressions, folding map at end of each vol., vol. 2 with original printed review slip with title corrected by hand loosely inserted, original red cloth, shelf-lean, spine ends and corners bumped, some light marking and staining to covers, heavier to vol. 1, rubbed, vol. 1 & 3 spines faded, vol. 2 with dust-jacket (soiled, browned, chipped and worn), facsimile dust-jackets, 8vo.

Return of the King with signature mark '4' and text block sagging.

Estimate £2000-£3000 ... tail&lot_id=83395&Itemid=
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Signed 2nd Impression Hobbit 27th July 2021

Jul 25 - By Trotter

Brettells Auctioneers & Valuers 27th July 2021

Signed Hobbit 1.JPG

A 1937 Signed Second Impression of The Hobbit By J. R. R. Tolkien, Published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London, Complete with Illustrations to Include Coloured Examples, Dust Jacket Present. Signed to Front Page in ink by J R R Tolkien. (Condition issues to book to Include foxing to spine and speckles to some page, binding with slight wear also jacket with issues to include price clipped, loss, Tears etc)

Lot 290 Estimate £1500-£3000 (very low estimate)
Sold for £23,000 before fees

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The Great Tales Never End

Jul 21 - By Trotter

The Great Tales Never End : Essays in Memory of Christopher Tolkien

The Great Tales Never End

Over more than four decades J.R.R. Tolkien’s son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, published some twenty-four volumes of his father’s work, much more than his father had succeeded in publishing during his own lifetime. Standing on the mountain of his son’s colossal publishing effort and extraordinary scholarship, readers today are therefore able to survey and understand the vastness of the landscape of Tolkien’s legendarium.

This collection of essays by world-renowned scholars, together with family reminiscences, sheds new light on J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, his son Christopher’s unique gifts in communicating and interpreting that work and the debt owed to Christopher by the many Tolkien scholars who were privileged to work with him. What was Tolkien’s intended ending for The Lord of the Rings? Did it leave echoes in the stripped-down version that was actually published? What was the audience’s response to the first ever adaptation of The Lord of the Rings – a radio dramatization that has now been deleted forever from the BBC’s archives? What was the significance of the extraordinary array of doorways which confronted the hobbits as they journeyed through Middle-earth?

The book is illustrated with colour reproductions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s manuscripts, maps, drawings and letters and, with the kind permission of his estate, photographs of Christopher Tolkien and extracts from his works, some of which have never been seen before, making this volume essential reading for Tolkien scholars, readers and fans.

Richard Ovenden OBE is Bodley’s Librarian. Catherine McIlwaine is the Tolkien Archivist at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

Includes essays by: Maxime H. Pascal; Priscilla Tolkien; Vincent Ferré; Verlyn Flieger; John Garth; Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull; Carl F. Hostetter; Stuart D. Lee; Tom Shippey; Brian Sibley

240 pages, 234 x 156 mm
51 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781851245659
Publication June 2022 ... cts/great-tales-never-end
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Stephen Hickman, 1949-2021

Jul 16 - By Urulókë

Donato Giancola, longtime friend of Tolkien artist Stephen Hickman, is reporting that Steve has just passed away.

Stephen Hickman has been illustrating science fiction and fantasy for four decades. His work is inspired by the masters of fantasy and science fiction writing — J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Clark Ashton Smith.

His illustrations have been used as cover work for many contemporary writers: Stephen Brust, Hal Colbatch, Tom Cool, Gordon Dickson, David Drake, Harlan Ellison, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Jerry Pournelle, and Steve Stirling among others.

Hickman’s work has earned him critical acclaim, including a World Science Fiction Convention's Hugo Award, 6 Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists and 2 Spectrum Gold Awards.

Since 1976 Hickman has illustrated over 425 covers for Ace, Baen, Ballantine, Bantam, Berkeley, Dell, Del Rey, Doubleday, Phage Press, Tor, Warren Publications and others.

In 1988 Hickman wrote The Lemurian Stone (Ace Books), which formed the basis for his Pharazar Mythos illustrations, The Lion Pavillion, is one example, and is also reproduced along with The Archers, in the 1994 edition of Spectrum.

In 1994 he was awarded a Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention for the United States Postal Service’s Space Fantasy Commemorative Booklet of stamps, the first official recognition by the government of the SF genre.
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Andy Serkis unabridged Lord of the Rings audiobook

Jul 7 - By Trotter

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Andy Serkis records Lord of the Rings audiobooks for HarperCollins

HarperCollins is releasing a new unabridged audiobook of J R R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in three parts in September, read by Andy Serkis, who starred as Gollum in the blockbuster movies.

Last year Serkis embarked on his #Hobbitathon, a live, cover-to-cover reading of The Hobbit, in an 11-hour sitting with the intent to raise money for Covid-19 relief efforts, raising more than £300,000 for charity. He then performed a new recording of The Hobbit audiobook, under the guidance of veteran producer Garrick Hagon at ID Audio, and executive-produced by HarperCollins’ editorial director for audio, Fionnuala Barrett. The same team has reunited to bring Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings to a new generation of listeners.

Serkis said: "I would consider myself someone who likes a challenge... Walking back into Middle-earth over 20 years after my first life-changing adventure there, and experiencing it all over again (this time for many weeks alone in a sound booth) has brought in equal measures of pure joy, sheer madness, immense pleasure and a level of psychological and physical fatigue I have never quite experienced the like of before.

"I actually feel like I have lived through Tolkien’s saga, and felt his profound understanding of and connection to nature, love, war, truth, hatred and altruism. Each day I genuinely went through ups and downs, often coinciding with the progress of the ring-bearer and his companions. On more than one occasion I was sure I wasn’t going to make it to the Crack of Doom! Having now completed the quest and been 'There and back again... again', so to speak, I realise what a phenomenal privilege it has been to have had the opportunity to read this sublime work once more. My only hope, now, is that I have done it justice, and that the listening experience conveys the power and beauty of J R R Tolkien’s masterpiece."

Chris Smith, deputy publishing director, added: "HarperCollins is proud to be the official worldwide publisher of the works of J R R Tolkien, and we consider The Lord of the Rings to be one of the defining books of the 20th century, a book that has captivated generations of readers with its sweeping sense of adventure and the inspiring message that even the smallest can effect the greatest of changes. We are delighted that we once again have an actor of the calibre of Andy Serkis who can bring these qualities to life so brilliantly for a whole new audience."

The Lord of the Rings was first published from 1954 to 1955 and has since gone on to become an acclaimed classic of modern literature.

The audiobook will be available to download from all audiobook retailers on 16th September, and on CD on 14th October.

Recorded Books will publish the audiobook in the US.

The Fellowship of the Ring
The Fellowship of the Ring (affiliate)
The Fellowship of the Ring: The Lord of the Rings, Book 1
J. R. R. Tolkien
(Audible Audiobook)
Availability: Preorderable (affiliate)
The Fellowship of the Ring: Lord of the Rings, Book 1
J. R. R. Tolkien
(Audible Audiobook)
Availability: Preorderable

The Two Towers
The Two Towers (affiliate)
The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings, Book 2
J. R. R. Tolkien
(Audible Audiobook)
Availability: Preorderable (affiliate)
The Two Towers: Lord of the Rings, Book 2
J. R. R. Tolkien
(Audible Audiobook)
Availability: Preorderable

The Return of the King
The Return of the King (affiliate)
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings, Book 3
J. R. R. Tolkien
(Audible Audiobook)
Availability: Preorderable (affiliate)
The Return of the King: Lord of the Rings, Book 3
J. R. R. Tolkien
(Audible Audiobook)
Availability: Preorderable
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