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Re: Huge News: Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate

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I've gotten confirmation that he is still Literary Executor


Thank you for that clarification. I assumed he was indeed no longer going to be the Literary Executor and that is a very important distinction.
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Re: Huge News: Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate

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I've gotten confirmation that he is still Literary Executor


Thank you for that clarification. I assumed he was indeed no longer going to be the Literary Executor and that is a very important distinction.
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Huge News: Christopher Tolkien resigns as director of Tolkien Estate

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Sorry, if I missed this being posted elsewhere.

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2017/ ... rector-of-tolkien-estate/


An end of an era. His work has been monumental.
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Re: The Wonders of...

Oct 26, 2017 - in Collector's Marketplace
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"Rare White Spine"!


I guess one man's UV damaged trash is another man's collectable treasure
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Rare ledgers reveal shoe-buying habits of Tolkien and Waugh

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/20 ... -tolkien-waugh-ducker-son

Here is some quirky ephemera news.
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Re: What an appalling load of nonsense

Mar 14, 2017 - in Other Websites
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I enjoyed the LOTR movies. I was able to see them as works "based on the LOTR" and not the LOTR itself so I was only minorly annoyed with deviations from the books but I agree the Hobbit movies were just terrible on almost every level. The only pleasure I can derive from them is some of the art direction and design and I can get that from books about the movie. And I guess I thought Martin Freeman was an inspired casting choice and his performance was impressive overall. Recently I tried rewatching them to enjoy them as "just fantasy movies" but I couldn't make it past first way through the first movie. The Goblin king was so laughably bad it just killed any immersion I had and had to turn it off. Such a wasted opportunity.
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Re: Tolkien ALS on Antiques Roadshow

Mar 8, 2017 - in General Collecting Forum
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That was pretty cool. Thanks for sharing. Im pretty sure I met that guy at a book fair recently.
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Re: I finally was able to track down a 2004 SFBC leather bound LOTR

Feb 23, 2017 - in General Collecting Forum
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I agree with you on how nice it is to get a very rare copy of a book, don't know if you saw the thread on probably the rarest printing of The Hobbit, and as you point out it is not the 1937 UK 1st, or 1938 US 1st.

http://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... t_id=15531#forumpost15531


Yeah, I saw that, thank you. I love that kind of stuff.

By the way, I assume that this is your website which looks to be a very good resource for US editions

http://jrrtolkienbibliography.com/


Yes it is mine. Thank you for the complement. Its still in its extremely early stages. It'll probably be a couple months before it even comes close to approaching "completeness". Right now I'm slogging my way through Hobbit first states. Very tedious but I'm enjoying the process immensely.
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Re: I finally was able to track down a 2004 SFBC leather bound LOTR

Feb 22, 2017 - in General Collecting Forum
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>Can you give some additional info about this edition

Sure. The Science Fiction Book Club has released two different "normal" hardcover editions of the LOTR. They are very common. They also released a 2004 50th anniversary leather bound edition which this is an example of. As I mentioned it shares an ISBN with the two extremely common previous instances so its nearly impossible to search for. Its actually very nicely made with real leather. Paper quality is just average though.

>as you are stating that you are more excited by this edition, than the UK first printing, 21st September 1937, of the Hobbit?

Actually I didn't say that. I said I am more excited about this than MY first edition of the Hobbit which is the second state of the American edition (I collect American editions for the most part). The reason I feel this way is that if I'm willing to spend the money, 1st editions and even 1st printings are not a challenge to find and buy at all. I could be an owner of one in 60 seconds by simply searching and buying one via the ABAA website or even ABE or Ebay if I am more risk tolerant. By contrast this took work and is effectively more scarce. It was a thrill to finally get one and took alot of effort. Perhaps after the thrill of the hunt wears off I will find more pleasure in the Hobbit (which I am also pleased as punch to own) but for the moment this is my favorite item in my collection.
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I finally was able to track down a 2004 SFBC leather bound LOTR

Feb 22, 2017 - in General Collecting Forum
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This is the most difficulty I have ever had in obtaining a book. They share ISBNs with two other editions so searching for them is difficult. Its thrilling to hold it. I am more excited about this than my first edition Hobbit.
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