I have recently got a set of the 2022 Lord of the Rings hardbacks. These have been discussed on the site, but I think a comparison with the 2013 editions would be useful.

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2013 Box-set on left, including the Hobbit and 2022 editions on the right

The 2022 editions are quite a bit smaller than the 2013 editions as you can see in these photos of them next to each other.

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The original 2013 books have cloth bindings and the new editions are paper bindings. Apart from the size difference, changes have been made to binding designs, most apparent on The Return of the King.

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The Fellowship of the Ring (UK HB)

HarperCollins (2022-08-18)


£16.99 HarperCollins (Hardback) - Availability: Click to check
$18.27 Blackwell's (hardback) - Availability: Usually dispatched within 7 days
$26.73 Amazon.com (Hardcover) - Availability: Now
£14.09 Amazon.co.uk (Hardcover) - Availability: Now
€15.69 Amazon.de (Gebundene Ausgabe) - Availability: Now
$15.18 AbeBooks - Availability: Click to check


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The Two Towers (UK HB)

HarperCollins (2022-08-18)


£16.99 HarperCollins (Hardback) - Availability: Click to check
$17.84 Blackwell's (hardback) - Availability: Usually dispatched within 7 days
$23.97 Amazon.com (Hardcover) - Availability: Now
£13.74 Amazon.co.uk (Hardcover) - Availability: Now
€15.69 Amazon.de (Gebundene Ausgabe) - Availability: Now
€11.31 AbeBooks - Availability: Click to check


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The Return of the King (UK HB)

HarperCollins (2022-08-18)


£16.99 HarperCollins (Hardback) - Availability: Click to check
$18.45 Blackwell's (hardback) - Availability: Usually dispatched within 24 hours
$26.12 Amazon.com (Hardcover) - Availability: Now
£13.74 Amazon.co.uk (Hardcover) - Availability: Now
€15.69 Amazon.de (Gebundene Ausgabe) - Availability: Now
€13.42 AbeBooks - Availability: Click to check


Finally, Tolkien's facsimile signature is missing from the title-page of the 2022 editions, not sure why and the 2022 copyright page makes no mention of the 2013 editions.

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Hobbit and Silmarillion



A collector's edition of The Hobbit and The Silmarillion have both been released in this format.

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The Hobbit or There and Back Again (2012)

HarperCollins Publishers (2012T)


£16.99 HarperCollins (Hardback) - Availability: Click to check
$19.03 Blackwell's (hardback) - Availability: Usually dispatched within 72 hours
$19.58 Amazon.com (Hardcover) - Availability: Now
£13.74 Amazon.co.uk (Hardcover) - Availability: Now
€14.29 Amazon.de (Gebundene Ausgabe) - Availability: Now
£7.54 AbeBooks - Availability: Click to check
£8.49 eBay UK - Availability: Click to check

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The Silmarillion (U.K. HB)

HarperCollins (2024-02-01)


£16.99 HarperCollins (Hardback) - Availability: Click to check
$17.98 Blackwell's (hardback) - Availability: Usually dispatched within 24 hours
$19.37 Amazon.com (Hardcover) - Availability: Now
£14.09 Amazon.co.uk (Hardcover) - Availability: Now
€21.15 Amazon.de (Gebundene Ausgabe) - Availability: Now
$14.75 AbeBooks - Availability: Click to check


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