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By loonka

Re: Super Deluxe values

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I prefer lower numbers.

I received my copy of the SD The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun the other day. It is sitting on my bookshelf next to the SD The Children of Hurin. I have not opened either of these and am in no rush to do so. I can really only judge them by photos, tho I do think the cases look attractive. I know it has been said before but I must comment on the sizes. I think it lazy that they do not fit in size. It makes no sense.

I have previously mentioned this on another thread but I find it almost surprising that both of these titles have not sold out, especially S&G. In my opinion S&G being the first deluxe edition would be a definite for a book collector to own.

I understand that the quality of S&G compared to CoH is not good; why is this opinion formed?

Of course the prices are ridiculous and the edition is perhaps a little large and the initial S&G discount price was not wise as it may undermine the perceived value.

I can’t help thinking tho that had of this been sold by a company like The Folio Society it would have long since become sold out. The limited editions they sell can move quite fast. I guess their books are of a higher quality. Harper Collins are not great at promoting their books either.

It will be at least fifty years before these books start achieving true higher prices. One some have been opened, read, lost, and the ridiculous prices of the current ones for sale by private booksellers are over.

Re-reading it my post is a bit of a jumble of ideas and not strictly fitting into the title of ‘Super Deluxe Values’, but I had to have my say somewhere. : D

For the record an edition of the SD S&G is lost in transit, which could mean anything I guess.
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By loonka

Re: Happy birthday to Urulókë

May 21, 2010 - in General Collecting Forum
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Happy Birthday
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By loonka

Re: Hobbit Tea contest

May 21, 2010 - in General Collecting Forum
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Received mine today. At the moment I am quite content to leave them unopened and admire. I do like the boxes, although my ‘Gandalf the Grey’ box came crushed in one corner. I will however not get to admire the presentation or taste of ‘Bilbo Baggins Breakfast Blend’ as quarantine has it and the price to have it heat treated is far too excessive compared to its worth. :(

Did these teas come shrink-wrapped, or just taped at the sides?
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By loonka

Re: The wonders of eBay

May 17, 2010 - in Collector's Marketplace
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HaHaHa.

"WHO I BELIVE TO BE.. JRR TOLKIEN..

this is only what i belive..

as there are some similarities..!!!"

At least they are honest.
I love their reasoning


"THE BOTTOM OF THE PICTURE DOES SAY (SUFFIELD) WHICH HIS MOTHER WAS MABEL SUFFIELD.."
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By loonka

Re: Signed C. S. Lewis Book, Fake?

Mar 29, 2010 - in Signatures and Autographs
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That is one of the most funny things I have seen this month.
Disgusting!!!
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By loonka

Re: Hobbit Tea contest

Mar 29, 2010 - in General Collecting Forum
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Yep, those are the ones. Cheers for the links, one of those looks promising.

I have previously e-mailed Geoff and plan to get some prints soon. The originals however are at this time a little out of my range. I am glad he is selling them as a set.
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By loonka

Re: Hobbit Tea contest

Mar 27, 2010 - in General Collecting Forum
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As a keen lover of Tolkien and Tea this was a competition for me. I acknowledge that my story is terribly uninteresting, especially compared to the stories already posted, which were all pleasant reads. I agree with the general consensus that Mr Burns story has so far been the outstanding one, but they are all good tales.

I was first introduced to Tolkien when I was in year Four and our teacher read us The Hobbit. He had different voices for most characters and made the chapter Riddles in the Dark a particularly memorable experience, with his Gollum voice and encouragement of us to get the riddles. My Nine year old mind was blown away and my imagination was given a good workout. My passion for Tolkien was started and over the next year I read The Lord of the Rings, and by doing so got my year Five teacher into it.

A couple of years later I picked up The Silmarillion. I was a tad apprehensive about this book as I was advised by people that it was a bit of a tough read. I started it and couldn’t put it down, finishing it in a few nights; not understanding all of it but thoroughly enthralled.

I do not pretend to be an expert on Arda, and still have lots to read by and about Tolkien. I am in no rush to do this however as I have a whole life to do so (having just turned Nineteen) and want to appreciate Tolkien’s work over many years.

I am working towards a decent Tolkien library. The only special/rare/collectible books I have so far are the modern special/deluxe editions. Possibly my favourite Tolkien books I own are three paperbacks of the LOTR ‘trilogy’, which I purchased at the age of nine. I took them everywhere so they are a little well used; creased and slight foxing. The feature I like about them is that they are the paperbacks with the Geoff Taylor cover artwork, which I find almost as captivating as the story itself.* Also the fact that they were my first Tolkien books.

I love Ralph Bakshi's animated Lord of the Rings, but am not a huge fan of Peter Jackson’s versions. My favourite Tolkien Tale is The children of Hurin. This contains the best chapter ever written, The Words of Hurin and Morgoth. I love the power in this chapter. My favourite passage being Morgoth’s curse, Hurin's defience, and Hurin being placed on the “chair of stone upon a high place of Thangorodrim……”.


Well, that’s my story and thanks for reading.

Loonka







*I am hunting another set of these paperbacks, in mint condition. I also once saw a set that were hardcover’s, in a foreign language I would be interested in having. If anyone can help me with these it would be much appreciated.
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By loonka

Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???

Feb 26, 2010 - in Signatures and Autographs
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Ha, that Signed Tolkien Illustration is hilariously bad; almost as good as that typewriter.

alpingloin:
Your idea is good. It probably wont be noticed by many people but there is no harm in doing it.
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By loonka

Re: New Letter from Tolkien found between books

Feb 9, 2010 - in Signatures and Autographs
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I am not going to enter further than this.
I do not believe it to be in Tolkien's nature to allow a secretary to forge his signature. The implications in this discussion seem to be that he was aware of the forgeries (which I do not believe them to be). Why would he have to know?
I know nothing about his secretaries, and I do not mean to imply anything against them, but if these signatures are a forgery could it not be the secretary taking it upon themselves to compose and sign these letters.
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By loonka

Re: Should TCG formally join other organizations?

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I am aware that my opinion counts for nothing. This is my sixth post, and the last five are of no importance. I do however often read what is being posted and find the opinions expressed, and the info shared, very interesting. I plan to start participating more, just need to find the time.
If anything, I think the Tolkien Collector's Guide should become a Smial of The Tolkien Society. If for nothing else it has an official air to it. However I think TCG would be best kept as it is.
To the close community of members of this site it may not mean anything either way, although from my position the independentness of this site is somewhat attractive. If anything I think this site has the ability to further evolve and become something that is on the list to become involved with, next to The Tolkien Society, and The Mythopoeic Society; although it would be a shame to lose the intimacy that the TCG has. Of course for this to happen people like me would have to put there arse into gear and become involved.

Just my opinion.
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