Tolkien Collector's Guide

Jan 30, 2013

The site seems to be having problems at the moment.

Every time I click on pages I get a redirect to a strange website ( and then the following.

Deagol, please can you take a look?

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Mar 2, 2014
My first impression copy is dated 2008, as is my 4th impression copy.

In my experience, I find that the dates given on Amazon need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Sometimes the date given is the date of a reprint rather than the first issue.

I seem to recall that this edition was initially only available in a boxed set with The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. The Amazon entry dates this as December 2008, but again, how reliable that is I don't know. I bought my set in May 2009, but it had been available for some time before then.
Mar 3, 2014
Deagol, lists the standard hardback of Children of Hurin as having a publication date of 1 August 2013. I wondered at the time if this meant there was a second edition coming out, but it didn't seem to materialise. Do you have any thoughts on whether this date is significant? E.g. is it just a reprint of the first edition, or possibly an error on the website?
Mar 3, 2014
The same date appears on Amazon. No idea of the significance.

Has anybody bought a copy in the last 6 months?

The "Look Inside" preview is a 12th impression and includes The Fall of Arthur in the other books section so must be fairly recent. My suspicion is that the preview file was updated in August 2013, but that is little more than a guess.
Mar 4, 2014
tolkienbrasil, could you provide some comment & context to your post(s); I'm struggling to follow the conversation here. Is your point that the HarperCollins website carries the date 2009 & Deagol states it was published in 2008?

Mar 4, 2014
I would assume that HarperCollins are the source of the dates on both Amazon and

We have been noting anomalies in the dates on Amazon in this forum for years, so I am no longer surprised when they don't tie in with what is actually printed inside the books.
Mar 16, 2014
I bought the book and here are some pictures.
This is the fifth printing of this edition. There are no colorful illustrations and the format is smaller than the normal editions.I hope this helps.

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Mar 16, 2014
We have a first printing, 2008, in the boxed set, which we purchased on 14 February 2009 from a German seller (through abebooks) after reading about it in a post of 31 January 2009 on the Tolkien Library site.

Wayne & Christina
Mar 16, 2014
A link to the Tolkien Library article: ... rin-Paperback-Box-Set.php
It also has the December 2008 publication date.
May 5, 2014
A typical listing example of the CoH ISBN anomaly Deagol mentioned earlier.


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