The Lord of the Rings
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Tolkien Collector's Guide
Apr 28 (edited)
2021/4/28 7:24:32 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I have collected Tolkien on and off for the last 30 years but this last year I have added a lot of rarer items. For me there are two reasons:
1. I have a lot more money when I can’t spend it on travel, clothes and restaurants.
2. This pandemic has reignited my love for Tolkien. The books give me comfort and a sense of stability. It is an escape and a way to return to things that has always brought a sense of wonder. A first edition LOTR almost becomes a sacred relic.

I made a mistake early on buying a Clowes domestic first Sil for 60$. I have become better informed since then. But doesn’t all collectors have items that might not have been a bargain? Could it be that more people are getting into collecting and thus make rookie mistakes that is just part of a normal learning curve.

Couldn’t care less about the Amazon thing.
Apr 28
2021/4/28 7:44:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:

You got examples like this auction:

Seller: raela1
(1540)
Ended Apr 26, 2021
£62.00
[8 Bids]
Submitted by: Khamûl


Two bidders trading bids with the final high price of £62. The seller has literally said nothing about the book and has let the photographs speak for condition/edition, etc. It's unclear if this is first state Billing copy (if the bidders care); we don't know what that jacket spine looks like (conveniently not photographed); and the copy has a large P.O. signature (not what everone likes to see in their copy). Sure, it looks nice, but it's... just another Billing copy. And last year this really was just another £10-15 eBay item.

Based on the tiny bit of light reflection, I'm certain that spine is as faded as they come.. Total garbage -- a reading copy only.
Apr 28
2021/4/28 10:03:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
One question and forgive my ignorance. Which edition is truly the first, the national or the export one? I understand that the first version of the export edition is the first commercialized print.
Apr 28 (edited)
2021/4/28 12:32:06 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Roäc wrote:

I have collected Tolkien on and off for the last 30 years but this last year I have added a lot of rarer items. For me there are two reasons:
1. I have a lot more money when I can’t spend it on travel, clothes and restaurants.
2. This pandemic has reignited my love for Tolkien. The books give me comfort and a sense of stability. It is an escape and a way to return to things that has always brought a sense of wonder. A first edition LOTR almost becomes a sacred relic.

I made a mistake early on buying a Clowes domestic first Sil for 60$. I have become better informed since then. But doesn’t all collectors have items that might not have been a bargain? Could it be that more people are getting into collecting and thus make rookie mistakes that is just part of a normal learning curve.

Couldn’t care less about the Amazon thing.

I too have been collecting on and off for 15 years or so. Mostly off when my daughter was small. In the early days of my collecting when I was in college, right around the time the Jackson films came out and some years after, I didn't know anything (certainly didn't know about Tolkienguide) I just went to the used book store every so often and bought what they had. But I have really gotten back into it over the past three years or so and made an effort to educate myself and being home all the time over the past year has given me more time to do that.

I guess that's a long winded way of saying I may be part of the problem you all speak of.
Apr 28
2021/4/28 12:57:27 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Roäc wrote:

I have collected Tolkien on and off for the last 30 years but this last year I have added a lot of rarer items. For me there are two reasons:
1. I have a lot more money when I can’t spend it on travel, clothes and restaurants.
2. This pandemic has reignited my love for Tolkien. The books give me comfort and a sense of stability. It is an escape and a way to return to things that has always brought a sense of wonder. A first edition LOTR almost becomes a sacred relic.

I made a mistake early on buying a Clowes domestic first Sil for 60$. I have become better informed since then. But doesn’t all collectors have items that might not have been a bargain? Could it be that more people are getting into collecting and thus make rookie mistakes that is just part of a normal learning curve.

Couldn’t care less about the Amazon thing.

Great post! I absolutely agree with this .
Apr 28
2021/4/28 20:24:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: roundaboutbooks
(18361)
Ended Jun 18, 2021
Buy-It-Now:
$5.48
Submitted by: Jlong


Lol!


Also,
Seller: roundaboutbooks
(18361)
Ended Jun 18, 2021
Buy-It-Now:
$5.48
Submitted by: Jlong
Apr 28
2021/4/28 20:46:49 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Jlong wrote:

Seller: roundaboutbooks
(18361)
Ended Jun 18, 2021
Buy-It-Now:
$5.48
Submitted by: Jlong

A rather odd thing to focus on for a Family Guy sale. It is not an entirely spurious mention though, the episode 'Sibling Rivalry' has a scene with the Eye of Sauron.
May 1
2021/5/1 7:12:19 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Did they really print this card?

Seller: mrkaiser1993
(167)
Ends 2021/6/29 22:41:19
Buy-It-Now:
£0.99
Submitted by: Trotter
May 1
2021/5/1 17:21:49 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I have one of this cards. I believes it’s part of a set of 20th century people.
May 1
2021/5/1 17:24:30 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
You would have thought that they checked on how to spell The Professor's name.
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