Tolkien Collector's Guide
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Apr 11
2020/4/11 11:52:54 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The difficulty with being a completist with Tolkien is that you have to buy an awful lot of rubbish (assuming you want to be a completist that doesn't have a cut-off date about 30 years ago). I kind of understand the basic desire, but the product just doesn't justify it for me. There is so much Tolkien material that is just borderline tat for me (the Alan Lee sketchbooks and that kind of thing).
Apr 11
2020/4/11 14:14:10 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
To me, personally, I'm boggled by those that own multiple copies of the same edition. I've seen a few Tolkien Libraries where I see the exact same 3-4 copies of The Silmarillion ,for instance. No offence meant if that applies to anyone here!
Apr 11
2020/4/11 17:16:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I can't think of anyone that would apply to here.
Apr 11
2020/4/11 19:03:34 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Well, “3-4 copies” definitely does not apply to you, Khamûl, I guess?
Apr 11
2020/4/11 19:12:13 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Khamûl is kind of a weirdo, of course.
Apr 11
2020/4/11 19:15:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The word to notice above, guys, is exact. "Exact same" 3-4 copies?! Nup, not in my collection.
Apr 11
2020/4/11 19:16:16 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
To me, personally, I'm boggled by those that own multiple copies of the same edition. I've seen a few Tolkien Libraries where I see the exact same 3-4 copies of The Silmarillion ,for instance. No offence meant if that applies to anyone here!

Presumably not *exactly the same* -- I'd guess different printing or variants. Multiple copies of the exact same thing would definitely be strange.

That said, I do have three copies of the Super Deluxe CoH, but that was because we all thought they would be worth more than they cost one-day. That day never came, and I suspect never will (taking inflation into account).

Edit: Oh, Khamûl already beat me to it with "exact"
Apr 11
2020/4/11 19:33:25 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Well, if it's different printings of the same edition....the content is still the same all across the board. At least that's how I see it
Apr 11
2020/4/11 20:09:37 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Well, for Tolkien books into the 80’s that’s not really true. Minor changes show up from impression to impression
Apr 11 (edited)
2020/4/11 20:11:50 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
Well, if it's different printings of the same edition....the content is still the same all across the board. At least that's how I see it

It is just about the bibliographic differences (e.g. with early Hobbits the text on the dust jacket flaps varies hugely and the content varies somewhat between some printings within the same edition -- e.g. inclusion of specific illustrations, etc). But yeah, there isn't any real point to it beyond that.

One of these days I will do a super-high res poster of the first 25 Hobbit jackets for printing large.
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