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  • Collecting Tolkien owned books - books from J.R.R. Tolkien's personal library
    used these books and therefore had read these works Reading these books and studying these books can give us an insight into Tolkien s background Who knows what is inside these books that could have been of importance in the creation of Middle Earth This is also the reason why i started assembling a list of all books which have been up for sale and can be found around the globe in numerous library s Soon i hope to be able to finish and publish this list since it would be a great resource Not only for collectors to verify whether the book is on the list but mainly for Tolkien scholars All help to accomplish this list is more then wanted and you can there for always contact me here Examples of Tolkien s personal books Smith Thomas De recta et emendata linguae anglicae scriptione Dialogus Vienna Austria Halle a d S 1913 Original brown wrappers exterior soiled rear panel separated mostly unopened with page edges un separated and uncut viii 61 6 44 xxii pp In ballpoint pen on front wrapper THOMAS SMITH 1568 De recta et emendata linguae anglicause scriptione dialogus Tolkien added his calligraphic fountain pen signature JRR Tolkien below this followed by from E V Gordon April 1933 adding his three dot symbol beneath the date The fountain pen signature and note were written over an earlier faded signature and note in pencil also in Tolkien s hand JRR Tolkien From EVG 1933 E ric V alentine Gordon was one of Tolkien s good friends They met when Gordon was appointed as a junior lecturer to the language side of the English Department at Leeds J R R Tolkien the Authorized Biography Humphrey Carpenter p 104 in 1922 This small dark Canadian who was unrelated to George Gordon had been a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and Tolkien had tutored him during 1920 104 Tolkien and Gordon collaborated on a new edition of the Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as there was none in print that was suitable for university students Tolkien was to be responsible for the text and glossary while Gordon would provide the greater part of the notes 105 The translation was published by the Clarendon Press in 1925 They also collaborated on A Glossary of Middle English and helped to found the Viking Club amongst undergraduates which besides drinking singing and reading sagas translated nursery rhymes into Anglo Saxon The Tolkien Family Album John and Priscilla Tolkien p 47 Gordon passed away from an undiagnosed kidney disorder in 1938 Fox Adam English Poem on a Sacred Subject London England Oxford University Press 1929 First Edition Original Wraps Signed A good copy in wrappers chipped at the spine and edges with tanning to the margins Front and back covers separated Signed in ink on upper right corner of the cover in Tolkien s hand JRR Tolkien Unfortunately the signature has been somewhat compromised by a chip in the cover

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  • Collecting Tolkien Advance Reading Copies, J.R.R. Tolkien proofs and arc's
    and quantity of arc s The unit cost of proof copies is generally several times the cost of a printed and bound book including dust jacket because of the economies of scale involved the set up and production costs of even a modest 5000 copy print run are still much more easily amortized over the cost of the edition than are the simpler but still present set up costs for a 300 copy run of advance proofs No one knows how many copies of a particular proof are done because those kinds of numbers tend to be well kept secrets at publishing houses Generally however even without specific numbers a broad notion of the cost of print jobs combined with a reasonable set of assumptions about economies of scale suggests the following that for most plain proofsthe kind of books we see in simple undecorated printed wrappers with bare bones publication data imprinted the number of copies almost certainly is less than 500 and most probably would tend to revolve around a median figure of 200 copies That s a small enough number that the shipping of the books to the publisher would not be cost prohibitive but that enough copies would exist for all the legitimate uses solicitation of blurbs as well as copies for the author early reviewers major bookstore and wholesale buyers and regional sales reps For the more elaborately produced volumes with illustrated wrappers more thorough promotional material and often with a more finished look to the typesetting and pagination the lower range of cost effectiveness would likely be found at around 500 copies and in many cases could be more So why are Tolkien proofs and arc s collected First and main reason is because they are rare Quantities of 200 or so are comparable to the issue size of the collectible limited editions being published by a number of small publishers around the country today But those books virtually all go directly into the rare book market Proofs on the other hand despite what sometimes seems like a glut of them do tend to get put to the purposes for which they are designed they are used read reviewed and often wrecked or discarded Of a print run of 200 copies it is reasonable to suppose that the number that finally makes it into the rare book market for a collectible author will be at the upper end 50 copies or so Even the glossy advance reading copies printed in runs of 500 or more and seemingly ubiquitous will turn out to be limited to a couple of hundred that actually make it into book dealers stocks and collectors collections Why do people argue against arc s Some people say that they re ugly Well they are but so are authors manuscripts piles of marked up typing paper to those people They say that they re common and everybody has them Proofs are usually common readily available for an extremely short window of time

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  • Collecting The silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien - rare, limited and signed editions
    construct a narrative practically from nothing The final result which included genealogies maps an index and the first ever published Elvish word list was published in 1977 Collecting The Silmarillion Since its publication The Silmarillion is available in several states There for it is possible to start collecting every single impression of The Silmarillion Although already it is becoming a huge job it is still much easier to succeed then trying to collect every single Hobbit out there Another kind of collectors like a friend of mine try and collect all translations of The Silmarillion An other interesting track to follow Not only because of the languages but mainly because of the strangest illustrations you will encounter Next to that it promises a lot of new friendships It is hard to start this kind of collection without making new friends at all Of course there are many hardback and many more interesting paperback from The Silmarillion yet few are really scarce Most of them are easy to find and rather cheap to buy There are at the other hand some real treasures which are harder to find like limited deluxe and signed The Silmarillion s I ll give a short list down here to show some nice copies I know i will not be showing the first American The Silmarillion maybe just because it is i guess the most common The Silmarillion on the market and of no particular collectable value Yet it is my own reading copy Different editions of the Silmarillion This is the first edition of The Silmarillion published in 1977 by George Allen Unwin It appeared as a hardback with dustwrapper Before publication there circulated a dummy copy of the book It was distributed to booksellers to solicit orders Once in a while a dummy comes on the market Two variants have been seen one with pages printed up to page 32 other with pages printed up to page 35 The rest of the papers and the map inserted at rear are blank I have seen a dummy being sold for 250 but also for 950 Now days most of these are stuck in Tolkien collections making them quit rare Because the demand for the Silmarillion increased during the printing process there were different printers involved The fun part is to collect all 1st editions from the different printers Billing Sons Clowes Sons University Press Unwin Brothers and a Book Club Associates edition BCA also by Clawes and Sons Next to all these books who look the same yet have all minor differences there exists also an export edition This one differs because it lacks the price Also here two different versions have been seen I hope some day someone manages to point out all minor differences and make a final list of impressions Untill then happy collecting The quest is on What you do not see quit often is this box called The Tolkien Library by George Allen Unwin Only the name hey this site

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  • Tolkien Events around the globe: exhibitions, meetings and festivals
    Tolkien Society annual meeting The Great Council in Lima Peru There will be talks theater language sessions giveaways and a lot of fun Read article Monday 9 March 2009 Lands of Enchantment A JRR Tolkien and Fantasy Inspired Exhibition It is my pleasure to announce the following J R R Tolkien and Fantasy Inspired Art Exhibition Land of Enchantment From Friday the 3rd of April until Monday the 6th there will be held a wonderful art exhibition in Moreton In Marsch in England Some of us may have been to previous art exhibitions which were held there and know how wonderful these events are yet this time it will be even better Read article Friday 30 January 2009 Mythcon 40 Sailing the Seas of Imagination All info on Mythcon 40 Read article Sunday 7 December 2008 Tolkien month in the library of Oss in The Netherlands From 2 December 2008 Tuesday untill Saturday 3 January 2009 the library in Oss the Netherlands near Den Bosch will host a Tolkien exhibit together with Unquendor Next to a comprehensive exhibition on Tolkien there will be other activities such as a lecture workshops and a reading day All this will be in Dutch Read article Saturday 8 November 2008 Winners of the BBC Lord of the Rings Radio Dramatization Contest announced BBC Audiobooks America and Tolkien Library presented you a trivia to win a copy of the BBC Lord of the Rings Radio Dramatization which has been released by BBC Audiobooks America on September 9 2008 Congratulations to Elizabeth Trogdon Albert Peruzzo Jessica Burke and Derek Broughton who all won one copy of the BBC Lord of the Rings Radio Dramatization Read article Tuesday 21 October 2008 Enter the BBC Lord of the Rings Radio Dramatization Contest BBC Audiobooks America and Tolkien Library present you a trivia to win a copy of the BBC Lord of the Rings Radio Dramatization which has been released by BBC Audiobooks America on September 9 2008 If you live in America or Canada enter the contest to win one of the four copies of the BBC Lord of the Rings Radio Dramatization Read article Tuesday 14 October 2008 The Children of Hurin Paperback Release Party is now live The Children of Hurin Paperback Release Party has begun The chat with Alan Lee will take place in 5 hours and a half from now so if you want to join in now is the time All info on the event can be found at www tolkienlibrary com Come and celebrate the paperback edition of The Children of Hurin with us Read article Saturday 11 October 2008 Children of Hurin Paperback Release Party Update The Children of Hurin Release Party will take place on the 14th of October to celebrate the release of The Children of Hurin Paperback Edition by Houghton Mifflin Here is all the latest info The time schedule has changed a little and the chat box is already open to the Tolkien fans See you all on Tuesday Read article Wednesday 8 October 2008 Connecting to the Children of Hurin Paperback Release Party The Chat box of Tolkienlibrary com is no live To Connect to the Chat Forum and chat with other web site visitors make sure the Connect Tab is visible then Enter the Username you wish to use into the Chat Username box This must be at least 3 characters and a maximum of 15 characters no spaces If you have a Password associated with this Username Registered Staff Admin users only enter it into the Password box 3 15 characters noâ Read article Sunday 28 September 2008 The Children of Hurin Paperback Release Party will be held on October 14 2008 The Children of Hurin Paperback Release Party is an online event to celebrate the publication of The Children of Hurin Paperback Edition by Houghton Mifflin the new book by J R R Tolkien first released on Tuesday 17th April 2007 in hardback edition The event will take place online on October 14 2008 and is being organized by TolkienLibrary com and Houghton Mifflin Next to chatting there will be giveaways and a chat session with specialâ Read article Thursday 10 April 2008 John Howe Exhibition and signing event in Paris France The French edition of the Fantasy Art Workshop is due out April 17th so John Howe will be in Paris for a little show at the Galerie Arludik The next day he will be signing in the Paris FNAC The exhibition will stay open until may 17th Read article Thursday 14 February 2008 Festivities in France for the release of Les Enfants de Hurin For the release of Les Enfants de Hurin the French translation of the Children of Hurin Tolkiendil will organize some very interesting online chat events and contests Les Enfants de Hurin will be released on Thursday February 21 If you speak French and are interested in Tolkien then here are some items to add on your calendar Read article Sunday 3 February 2008 Castles In the Mist A J R R Tolkien and Fantasy inspired Exhibition From the 5th of April until the 7th there will be held a wonderful art exhibition in Moreton In Marsch in England Some of us may have been to previous art exhibitions which were held there and know how wonderful these events are yet this time it will be even bigger and better On the guest list are Ted Nasmith John Howe Alan Lee Ruth Lacon and Roger Garland Read article Thursday 31 January 2008 4th International Tolkien Themed Art Competition Battles and Combats of the First Age This year marks the 4th International Art Competition of ST Wieza City Culture and Art Centre of Bielawa in association with City Promotion and Strategy Department of Bielawa in Poland The Tolkien theme of this years competition is Battles and Combats of the First Age and competitors are free to submit any piece of art on this subject Read article Saturday 26 January

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  • Tolkien Articles, Essays, News & Reviews - Submit your articles and reviews
    articles reviews Tolkien Articles Essays News Reviews Submit your articles and reviews It would be a big help if you would contribute content to the site For instance articles on Tolkien books collecting books book reviews bibliography of translated Tolkien books in your own language Anything you see fit We always acknowledge the source and your name will be mentioned on the bottom of every page you contribute You can

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  • Why Tolkien is Still One of My Favourites
    was quite impressed by the movies themselves and I decided that the world created by Tolkien would be exponentially better and guess what it was I have read those books so many times and every time I find something exceptional in the book The movies in my opinion were teasers for the actual book reading experience The world of Tolkien is so vast and incredible that the medium of celluloid despite all the graphics can only bring to life part of the experience that Tolkien brings between his pages I could just go on and on about why Tolkien is my favorite but here are a few reasons There have been many authors that have created characters but Tolkien created a universe that he called Middle earth It is one of those places that you want to visit but it also is a scary place It is a fantastic world of hobbits wizards kings and of course Sauron and Saruman Tolkien no wonder is now considered the Father of the high fantasy genre The Lord of the Rings was published in 1954 The movie was released in 2001 nearly 50 years later and still it made a terrific impact on the viewer That is the timelessness of Tolkien s vision and I am sure it inspired people like me to pick up the book and read it Tolkien not only created a universe he even created languages for the different people in his world The talent that it takes to create a language is remarkable Many people may not appreciate his long winding prose But as far as I am concerned every word he writes recreates the Middle earth for me I can visualize everything that he writes and I don t care about the number of words that he

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  • What You Need To Know About The Upcoming Tolkien Biopics
    the prospects of Tolkien Lewis and Tolkien 1 Tolkien Lewis Tolkien Lewis as the title suggests will concentrate on the close and interesting personal friendship between Tolkien and the author of the Narnia chronicles CS Lewis The two men had a strong platonic relationship and inspired one another greatly in their decades of friendship but complicated matters of religion eventually saw a tension and split in their relationship It is anticipated that the film will explore the authors time spent teaching together at Oxford University and the way in which the devout Catholic Tolkien introduced and converted an agnostic Lewis to Christianity The theme of religion then became one of great prevalence in Lewis chronicles of Narnia and gained him certain notoriety among academic and religious circles This spotlight on Lewis behalf left a strain on his friendship with The Lord Of The Rings writer who was arguably begrudging of the renown that his own religious teachings had brought to his friend Simon West director of vastly different films such as Con Air and The Expendables 2 is slated to be directing the picture and will be looking to apply a much lighter and sincere touch than that shown in his previous successful action and comedic ventures An unusual but interesting choice of vision to bring this story of academic friendship to the big screen The film will be a relatively small project boasting a budget of just 18 million and will be produced by Attractive Films It is slated to be released during the Easter period to attract as much of a religious viewing audience as possible taking advantage of the Christian holiday to emphasize the film s religious themes 2 Tolkien The second and competing film simply titled Tolkien is set to be a bigger budget picture with much more widespread appeal than Tolkien Lewis Planned by Fox Searchlight in partnership with Chernin Entertainment and working from a script by renowned Tolkien scholar David Gleeson the film is said to be a more standard straightforward biopic of Tolkien that does not stick to a specific tangent The story will focus on key and milestone elements of Tolkien s life as he grows and develops in to the famous and acclaimed literary figure that we in these contemporary times have come to know and admire Tolkien s haunting and unforgettable experiences as a soldier in the First World War including combat at the Battle of the Somme are believed to be a large aspect of the film s narrative along with his time as an academic and teacher at Oxford University also displaying periods that were not so intrinsically linked with CS Lewis The film should be of more interest to those fans of Tolkien who are more concerned with background information of his genius literary works than with the intricacies of his less publicized private life The narrative will give insight in to how the author came to pen his world famous works of fantasy literature including The

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  • A new play about friendship between JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis
    the stage is my first love and I think there are things that happen in live theatre that the movies just can t do The living breathing actors are right there in the same room as the audience and if the performances are radically truthful the overwhleming sense of reality of witnessing actual human encounters is so powerful This play hasn t just been a flash in the pan however Reed would be the first to admit he s had something nearing an obsession with the lives and stories of Tolkien and Lewis for most of his life and the idea to write a play about them has been brewing since 2011 The original impetus in fact came from a conversation with his wife He had recently read a New Yorker article about Tolkien and as they discussed it he wound up telling her much of the story of the friendship between Tolkien and Lewis how they met at Oxford Tolkien bringing Lewis to the Christian faith he wrote so much about and then the dissolution of their friendship when Lewis married divorcee Joy Davidson and the different responses to each others writing By the time one thing led to another to another my wife said That would make a great play And she was right Reed explains and then laughs I hope Since then Reed has jumped into deeper research on their lives and friendship so deep in fact that he s created a spreadsheet chronicling every single date in their lives from before they met until after Lewis death Any known activity from Oxford faculty meetings to draft revisions on their stories is recorded in this spreadsheet And as luck would have it one of the perks includes access to this research This isn t Reed s first

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