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26 Sep, 2023
2023-9-26 6:09:18 PM UTC
I wonder if HC have missed a trick here... Commissioning some new illustrations to put into the HoME volumes would have been excellent.
26 Sep, 2023
2023-9-26 6:32:53 PM UTC
Would preorder from Blackwell's if available, but they don't have it listed yet.
26 Sep, 2023
2023-9-26 9:18:34 PM UTC
This is such great news. I've long been hoping (like many others) for HoME hardcovers with John's DJ art.

As Velmeran noted, the artwork on the spine of UT looks like it's from "Ulmo, Lord of the Waters", which appeared on UT covers in the 90s.

For the Silmarillion, however, it looks like they won't be going with "The Fall of Gondolin" again, but have instead opted for "The Siege of Gondolin", i.e. the one also used on the box (and previously for the map of Beleriand). It's a little hard to see, but I think I recognize part of a dragon head and a Balrog hand on the spine from the left side of John's painting. (Gondolin on the box is from the right side of the painting.)

TolkienBooks.net - Unfinished Tales
TolkienBooks.net - The Silmarillion
John-Howe.com - The Siege of Gondolin
26 Sep, 2023
2023-9-26 9:25:46 PM UTC

NoUse wrote:

This is such great news. I've long been hoping (like many others) for HoME hardcovers with John's DJ art.

As Velmeran noted, the artwork on the spine of UT looks like it's from "Ulmo, Lord of the Waters", which appeared on UT covers in the 90s.

For the Silmarillion, however, it looks like they won't be going with "The Fall of Gondolin" again, but have instead opted for "The Siege of Gondolin", i.e. the one also used on the box (and previously for the map of Beleriand). It's a little hard to see, but I think I recognize part of a dragon head and a Balrog hand on the spine from the left side of John's painting. (Gondolin on the box is from the right side of the painting.)

TolkienBooks.net - Unfinished Tales
TolkienBooks.net - The Silmarillion
John-Howe.com - The Siege of Gondolin
I also noted this earlier on Reddit for the Silmarillion cover and played a little with it. It's definitely that image. A stunning one too. I'm really looking forward to seeing these on the shelf with the other matte covers.
28 Sep, 2023
2023-9-28 11:26:03 AM UTC
I have ordered from Amazon at £64.77, which is cheaper than the 40% HC sales that crop up, as Amazon include free postage to the UK.

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The History of Middle-earth: Boxset 1 (S,UT,BoLT1&2) HC (UK)

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28 Sep, 2023
2023-9-28 1:59:49 PM UTC
I did the same although it still said £100 when I did so. I’m glad it’s dropped now.
28 Sep, 2023
2023-9-28 2:29:00 PM UTC
I think that's a very decent price and I'll jump on that. Thanks Trotter.
28 Sep, 2023
2023-9-28 2:40:58 PM UTC

Trotter wrote:

I have ordered from Amazon at £64.77, which is cheaper than the 40% HC sales that crop up, as Amazon include free postage to the UK.



Harpercollins have free postage also. And with 40% Discount Code - would be £60

Using topcashback.co.uk for a further 15% cashback will bring cost to £51
28 Sep, 2023
2023-9-28 7:00:11 PM UTC
For Europeans especially, https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/00086 ... lexibrium-21&linkCode=osi €71.80. Incredible price.
28 Sep, 2023
2023-9-28 7:13:41 PM UTC
Wish this would start showing up on other retailer sites.
My last few Amazon.co.uk orders (shipped to the US) have left a lot to be desired with Amazon CS being of very little help afterwards.
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