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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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By loonka

R R Auction Tolkien Letter

Nov 25, 2009 - in Signatures and Autographs
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Is the general consensus that the latest Tolkien letter shown for sale on the R R Auction site is legitimate?
Has anybody here purchased from them before? I had not herd of the site before, can anybody say anything about the authenticity of the products they sell.


By loonka

Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun

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-It is a very nice book, but very expensive, I bought on the first day without the discounts that you can now get

yes i wasnt aware of the current discount until i went to purchase it, which was a nice surprise.



-If you like this book, you also may want to get the Super Deluxe Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, though it is not as good a quality as COH.


The S&G Super Deluxe is next on my list. I appreciate all tolkiens works and i find this edition, being the first of its kind for a new, sadly overlooked, work, very appealing.


By loonka

Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun

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Yeah sure.
Its number 341.
I wish it to be known that i am very ashamed for leaving it so long to purchase a copy but.....money


By loonka

Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun

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Ah, please excuse my stupidity and ignorance. I now see a small black sticker with a number on it.

Dear Trotter, i am afraid i do have a standad paperback edition, and a couple of normal hardcovers. I have my super deluxe edition to keep, but i need another to open, to smell and touch and read.
Mental i know,...its a problem


By loonka

Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun

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Hi all. This is about the super deluxe edition of the children of hurin, just thought id give my two bobs worth. I orderd a copy of the super deluxe edition of the children of hurin and a signed copy of tales from the perilous realm on the 9th of july.
I live at the bottom of Western Australia and was shiting myself with worry. I was thinking about all the things that could go wrong and reading peoples reports about Harper Collins service wasnt helping. I have never had problems with them directly but i no they can leave much to be desired.

I went to the post office today to find a parcel awaiting me (today being the 21st). I was exited but still a little worried, so i raced home to open it.
Upon opening the parcel i discoverd that everything was as it should be.
My only complaint being i dont know the number for CoH as i am not going to open it. I am saving up for a reading copy.

So i must say a big thankyou to Harper Collins for there excellent service and hope that it is now standard as i will be making more purchases in the, i hope, near future.
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