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  • Christmas Gift Ideas for Lord of the Rings and Tolkien lovers - PART I
    can you be sure the thing you buy is really special and will be well appreciated I ll get you on the road and make a little list of items which are new unique or just nice gifts PART I Gift idea The Children of Hurin For more than 30 years fans worldwide have made the Tolkien Calendar a collector s item Illustrated by some of the top Tolkien artists as well as the acclaimed author himself it has become an annual tradition for aficionados everywhere The official Tolkien calendar and diary for 2008 will contain the finest watercolours by Alan Lee These will be selected from The Children of Hurin As usual these will be accompanied by numerous pencil sketches many unique to this calendar This year s Tolkien diary is more sumptuous than ever and is not only illustrated by Alan Lee it has been designed by him too with the same care and attention to detail that has seen his work embraced by the Tolkien Estate Peter Jackson and discerning fans around the world The content itself is particularly special as it is inspired by a Tolkien work that is seeing print in its complete form for the very first time You enjoyed The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Then it is time to get The Children of Hurin the first standalone tale of Middle earth since 1977 the complete version of Tolkien s most dramatic tale The more than 30 new paintings and drawings by award winning illustrator Alan Lee make this book really wonderful and the tale is wonderful to read in this form Looking for something special The deluxe edition will is housed in a custom built slipcase it includes the cover painting of the hardback as an exclusive frontispiece is decorated with a unique foiled motif created specially by Alan Lee for this edition includes a silk ribbon marker and is produced using superior materials and binding It will be the perfect companion to deluxe editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings If you are not into reading then maybe you can listen to the Children of Hurin It is read by Christopher Lee Saruman in The Lord of the Rings over 7 CDs and on an 8th CD Christopher Tolkien himself reads his preface and introduction The box contains Christopher Tolkien s fold out map from the book plus a booklet of Alan Lee s colour illustrations plus track listings The CD covers also use a couple of Alan Lee paintings from the Hurin Calendar which are not in the book Low vision readers who find the regular type size of The Children of Hurin difficcult to see will be pleased to know that this bestseller is also available in large print Also other books by Tolkien have been released in tis way Still not satisfied and looking for the true special gift Please visit the Tolkien Library Store The It always has a large amount of rare

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  • Lot of correspondence between J.R.R. Tolkien and Timothy J. Wheeler for sale at Tolkien Library Store
    of fan mail that had been autimatically forwarded by George Allen Unwin On the 25th of October Rayner Unwin proposed to deal with some of the mail rather then forward it all 3 Yet we know Joy Hill did already take care of a lot of Tolkien s fan mail by mid 1965 which arrived in huge quantities 4 For example on 21 september 1965 she forwarded a batch of answered letters to Tolkien 5 It is a possibibility that this letter had been answered by Joy Hill or even by Phyllis M Jenkinson Tolkien s assitant and that Tolkien corrected the mistake in Ballantyne by changing the y in a i The signature is a very fine example of a 1965 Tolkien autograph and moves slowly towards Tolkien most famous flourishing signature which he started to use in early 1966 Letter 2 Typed Letter Signed TLS one page 76 Sandfield Road Oxford letterhead 10th January 1966 signed by J R R Tolkien Accompanied by the original mailing envelope In fine clean condition Letter two shows a wonderful flourishing 1966 Tolkien signature in a typical letter with typical answer from Tolkien around this period where he was very uncertain he would ever complete another book on his beloved Middle earth Late 1965 and begin 1966 J R R Tolkien received too much of fan correspondence to be able to work on any more Middle earth related writing Tolkien writes Thank you for your letter I hope you will not think that I am ungrateful for your attention and good wishes if I say that I do not feel able to write anything such as you wish I do wish you well but I do not think that I would really do you much good to have special good wishes from me On 7 January 1966 three days before writing the letter to Timothy J Wheeler Tolkien wrote to Benjamin P Indick something very similar Indeed if I am ever to produce any more of the stories which you ask for that can only be done by failing to answer letters 5 The comment at the end of this short letter about his special good wishes being of little use to Wheeler is a little odd and I m sure a lot of people can speculate on this Maybe it is a linguistic joke or a reply to something Wheeler wrote I suppose we will never know Letter 3 Typed Letter Signed one page 76 Sandfield Road Oxford letterhead 1st August 1966 signed by Phyllis M Jenkinson Tolkien s assistant Accompanied by the original mailing envelope In fine clean condition A nice example of a letter by Tolkien s assistant Phyllis M Jenkinson who signed the letter with P M J She was helping Tolkien out answering a lot of his fan correspondence She writes Thank you so much for sending me the copy of RALLY On 6 December 1965 the first known letter was sent out using the signature P

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  • The first US edition of The Hobbit - summary of publication history, all states, prizes
    chose for the inclusion of four of Tolkien s color plates While the first British edition does have none at all The margins are ample and the typesetting iswell crafted for readability The tan cloth cover is printed in blue for lettering and red for the bowing hobbit emblem on the front and the dwarf s hood emblem on the spine One minor point is that Houghton Mifflin chose to print the end paper maps in red only instead of the black and red chosen by Allen Unwin wich is clearly more attractive and beautifull The American publishers also mistakenly put the Wilderland map in front and the Lonely Mountain map in back the reverse of the description in the text Chapter VII Out of the Frying Pan is incorrectly identified as Chapter VI in the first state The different states of the 1st US edition There are four primary states of the first American printing The earlier state at least 3000 copies shows on the title page the same bowing hobbit emblem visible on the cover The second state of the first impression being 5000 copies is characterized by the replacement of the bowing hobbit with the Houghton Mifflin device of a seated flute player The boots the hobbit wears in the emblem were acknowledged to conflict with the text s description of a bare footed hobbit so the publisher replaced the emblem with the rather less appealing seated flautist Another possibility for the change is told namingly the stamp for the bowing hobbit had broken and there for switched The first story seems more logic Whether one calls this development a variant state or a second printing is been a discussion for a long time now All of the first edition Hobbit printings have the 1938 date on the title page so researchers have been hesitant to ascribe different printings to them Others reason however that Houghton Mifflin printed the volumes several distinct times between 1938 and the second edition of 1951 As evidence each of the variations described in the preceding paragraph could not have come about during the course of a single printing run Also thirteen years elapsed between the first printing and the appearance of the second edition it seems improbable that Houghton Mifflin would not have reprinted the book presuming the arrangements with Allen Unwin permitted And finally while the bowing hobbit first printing version appears on the market uncommonly first editions as a whole show up scarcely less often than all the printings of the second edition In summary First state Bowing hobbit emblem on title page Chapter VII mistakenly titled Chapter VI Maps pasted down and are bound opposite to the order of the List of Illustrations as per Hammond and Anderson Features the 4 color and 9 black and white illustrations by Tolkien Second state Seated flautist emblem on title page Chapter VII mistakenly titled Chapter VI Maps pasted down and are bound to the order of the List of Illustrations

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  • The Children of Hurin facts and figures - copies of harback and deluxe edition of The Children of Hurin by Harper Collins and Houghton Mifflin - the signed bookplates by Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee
    by sea freight hence some places ran out of the initial copies quite quickly but the stock is being replenished So far the Deluxe edition has not been sold out The Children of Hurin by Houghton Mifflin The Houghton Mifflin print run of The Children of Hurin in hardback edition was approximate 250 000 copies Houghton Mifflin is currently also reprinting more than 100 000 The Houghton Mifflin deluxe edition first printing was also 10 000 copies but is already being reprinted The number of extra copies is still unclear The bookplates signed by Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee Already on the 18th of April we could read in an article by Reuters that Christopher Tolkien had signed 750 bookplates In a mail with Harper Collins I was told there where 550 bookplates for Houghton Mifflin and 200 for HarperCollins The 550 bookplates where first signed in the south of France by Christopher Tolkien and then by the illustrator Alan Lee in England before being sent to the US The 200 bookplates for Harper Collins where only signed by Christopher Tolkien and not by Alan Lee Because these 200 signed bookplates where used at Waterstone s where Alan Lee would do a signing session and people had a chance to collect the second signature in person Originally Waterstone s had announced there where 50 signed bookplates for the first 50 visitors of the release event But since they had more people than anticipated and instead of saving the 150 other bookplates for another event Harper Collins donated some extra bookplates Waterstone s Piccadilly thought they were getting only 100 extra but in the end sold almost 200 books with bookplates on the release day Sadly nobody counted the exact amount of bookplates that where glued inside the deluxe editions but for sure there are more UK copies with signed bookplates then some people thought there where Most of the UK bookplates are signed on the bookplate by Christopher Tolkien and signed by Alan Lee on the title page But some also made Alan Lee sign the bookplate Most of the times Alan Lee also dated the copy Since Bernard Hill king Theoden in the Peter Jackson movies was also there some people also had their books signed by him Other people attending where David Brawn and Adam Tolkien copies with there signatures also exist For the New York Release Event at Barnes Nobles there where prepared 450 bookplates as mentioned above these where signed by both the editor of The Children of Hurin as the illustrator Also at the New York release no one counted how many bookplates where glued inside deluxe editions and how many in hardback editions but both where sold EDIT 15 05 07 I was informed by Houghton Mifflin that NO Deluxe Editions where sold at the NYC Release So only hardback US editions with the signed bookplate exist During the event more then 450 bookplates where sold but the exact numbers are uncertain Next to

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  • Christmas Gift Ideas for Lord of the Rings and Tolkien lovers (05.11.06)
    The Hobbit and a collection of eight colour postcards featuring some of Tolkien s own artwork Tolkien himself makes yet another guest appearance on an exclusive CD which features a recording of Tolkien reading an extract from Bilbo s first encounter with the terrifying Gollum Lastly there is a beautifully painted foldout map of Wilderland by John Howe with text by Brian Sibley Those who are fans of The Hobbit will feel justified in splashing out again for this lovely collector s item which offers plenty of value and makes for an affordable treat or gift for a fellow Tolkien lover The Hobbit Or There and Back Again 70th Anniversary Edition Hardcover The most successful of all Tolkien titles The Hobbit has been translated into 30 languages and sold over 35 million copies This special edition completely reset and now includes the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings With the succes of the Lord of the Rings movies this special edition is designed to put the book back where it belongs at the top of everyones must read list Also if you want this book matches in size with the following Tolien books on the gift idea list Four volume boxed set edition of The Lord of the Rings in hardback featuring Tolkien s original unused dust jacket designs together with fourth hardback volume The Lord of the Rings A Reader s Companion a unique annotated guide to the text which will enhance the reader s enjoyment and understanding of the book of the 20th century This set was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first publication the text has been fully restored with almost 400 corrections with the full co operation of Christopher Tolkien making it the definitive version and as close as possible to the version that J R R Tolkien intended Also included are the original red and black maps as fold out sheets a fully revised and enlarged index and for the first time a special plate section containing the pages from the Book of Mazarbul This is probably the most beautifull set now on the market If you want to give someone a Lord of the Rings set or need to replace your old set this is the one Even nicer is to expand the gift as described above and add two more books who match in size and cover art and typography Placing the following two box next to the Lord of the Rings and The Lord of the Rings A Reader s Companion makes the set just stunning The first volume you can add is Unfinished Tales is a collection of narratives ranging in time from the Elder Days of Middle earth to the end of the War of the Ring and provides those who have read The Lord of the Rings with a whole collection of background and new stories from the twentieth century s most acclaimed popular author To make the above set complete you can add

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  • The Hobbit celebrates its 69th anniversary
    literature and was set to become a classic First published on 21st September 1937 The Hobbit is now recognized as an international bestseller it has been translated in over 40 languages and has sold over 90 million copies worldwide When it appeared in 1937 Tolkien s friend C S Lewis unashamedly published rave reviews in the Times and Times Literary Supplement The book was immediately successful in a modest way the first impression of The Hobbit was completely sold out by December 15 and the first published review in the Times Literary Supplement put it in a class with Alice s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows but not all critics were as kind Nevertheless demands from readers for a sequel would lead Tolkien to begin work on the new Hobbit a work which would finally appear almost twenty years later as The Lord of the Rings The First Edition First Impression of the UK The Hobbit The First Impression of the first UK edition was published September 21 1937 by George Allen Unwin Ltd It was limited to only 1500 copies The first UK editions prominently included the dust jacket designed by Tolkien It was done in a wrap a round style in black green and blue It is certainly one of Tolkien s best illustrations and demonstrates his innate sense of visual design It has become one of the most recognized book covers of all time Originally Tolkien intended the flying dragon and the sun to be painted red but budget restraints forced the red color to be substituted with black The now very rare First Issue dust jacket can be recognized by the hand correction in ink of the e in the misspelled Dodgeson on the rear flap The first printing had NO color illustrations within the book itself instead 10 black and white illustrations along with the two maps printed in red and black The book was constructed of green cloth boards and contained 310 pages It was 19 x 13 5cm 7 48 x 5 31in These boards were impressed with Tolkien s dragon and a delightful mountain scene along the top Here is a list of errors cited by Wayne G Hammond that the first impression was published with It is unclear when all of these were corrected 1 p14 ll 17 18 find morning for fine morning 2 p17 ll 29 30 So you have got here at last what for That was what he was going to say 3 p25 l 11 more fierce then fire for more fierce than fire 4 p62 ll 2 3 uncomfortable palpitating for uncomfortable palpitating 5 p62 l 31 their bruises their tempers and their hopes for their bruises their tempers and their hopes 6 p64 l 21 where the thrush knocks for when the thrush knocks 7 p85 l 10 far under under the mountains for far under the mountains 8 p104 l 17 back tops for black tops 9 p147 l

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  • Tolkien signature - facsimile Tolkien signatures, true or fake Tolkien autograph, examples of J.R.R. Tolkien signature
    most of the signatures are not real they are printed facsimilies and appear on the title page of every copy of the book issued The signatures are all identical although in some impressions it is printed square on the page whereas on others it is slanted The editions that include these facsimile signatures are The Hobbit Paperback format 3rd Edition Unwin Books All impressions dated from 1966 to 1975 Tree and Leaf Paperback format 1st Edition Unwin Books All impressions dated 1964 to 1975 Tree and Leaf Hardback format 1st Edition George Allen Unwin All impressions dated 1964 to 1974 The Hobbit Unwin Books 1966 to 1975 SBN 048230707 from 1968 ISBN 0048230707 from 1971 PB Tree and Leaf Unwin Books 1964 and 1966 PB Tree and Leaf Unwin Books 1968 and 1970 SBN 048240141 PB Tree and Leaf Unwin Books 1971 to 1975 ISBN 0048240141 PB Tree and Leaf Allen Unwin 1964 1966 1968 and 1970 HB Tree and Leaf Allen Unwin 1971 1972 1973 and 1974 ISBN 0048240133 HB The facsimile signatures appeared in the Unwin book series known as U books which started in 1960 The design for the series was distinct and by Unwins standards extremely modern The covers were white and laminated with a pictorial element enclosed in an irregular geometrical shape The lettering was blown up typewriter face and the author s signature was reproduced on the title page In the series were published Tree and Leaf and The Hobbit as you can see above as we can read in George Allen Unwin A remembrancer by Rayner Unwin privately printed for the author by Merlin Unwin Books in 1999 If you see anybody buying or selling any of these books as signed editions please tell them in the majority of cases it is an honest mistake Other facsimile signatures can be found on The frontispiece of English and Medieval Studies Presented to J R R Tolkien on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday 1st Edition 1962 George Allen Unwin The deluxe edition of The Hobbit 1999 HarperCollins All seven volume HarperCollins editions of The Lord of the Rings English and Medieval Studies Allen Unwin 1962 HB The Hobbit HarperCollins 1999 Limited to 2500 copies ISBN 0261102575 HB The Lord of the Rings The Millenium Edition 1st Seven Volume Edition 1999 HarperCollins ISBN 0261103938 HB The Lord of the Rings Seven Volume Paperback Edition 1999 and 2000 HarperCollins ISBN 0261103938 PB The Lord of the Rings Seven Volume Film Edition 2001 Collins ISBN 0007635613 PB Tips for Buying AUTHENTIC Tolkien Autographs on eBay Autograph collecting is a great hobby but unfortunately some unscrupulous users on eBay are selling forged or otherwise unauthentic autographs In the case of Tolkien more fake then real autographs show up on ebay By following some simple steps you can minimize your risk and find some very good deals in the process Before You Start Buying 1 Read Description Thoroughly Make sure that the listing isn t being described as a

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