Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Tolkien Collection, 2016 Version

Back in 2011, Anassa gave me the idea to take out my Tolkien books and stack them up on the table. Made for a rather impressive pile too. The table then seated four. Now, it takes one side of a snooker table to display the collection. The last few years have been good ones for the Tolkien collector, with new books (not to mention new edition of his books) being released every year.

I did another list in 2013, which was the first time I used the snooker table to hold it, and now it's time for a new one.

To get the whole thing in one frame, I had to back away so far that none of the titles can be read easily in the photo. In general though, there's the entirety of the History of Middle-Earth series stacked to the far left of the photo followed by the newer books of Tolkien's poetry. Above those we have the audio books, two Hobbit Blu-rays, Mr. Bliss, the Art of The Hobbit and The Art of the Lord of the Rings (two absolutely gorgeous books). Next to that is most of the mass-market sized Tolkien books and then the Black boxed set and the white set (still in it's shrink-wrap). Just to one side of the middle of the stack are my Verlyn Flieger books on Tolkien, the Lord of the Rings movies, some art books, and the final item in the display is the J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide two book set.

The books:
  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    One volume edition, illustrated by Alan Lee. (Middle of the bottom row)
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    One volume, movie cover edition. (Horizontally in the middle of the stack beside the Alan Lee illustrated Lord of the Rings)
  3. The Lord of the Rings 50th Anniversary Box Set by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The white box set including the Lord of the Rings Readers Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull. Still in the shrink wrap.
  4. The Lord of the Rings box set by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The black box set. (above the white set)
  5. The Lord of the Rings
    The BBC Radio Play edition adapted by Brian Sibley. Each of the major characters is done by a different actor, including Ian Holm (Frodo), Peter Woodthorpe (Gollum) and Michael Horden (Gandalf). (About the only thing not pictured. I realized too late that it's upstairs)
  6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Annotated by Douglas A. Anderson
    Lovely design with two columns: one for the text and the other for notes, including excerpts from letters, possible inspirations etc. I'm a bit ashamed to admit I have yet to fully read this edition, but it's so full of information that it really is a must have.
  11. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Illustrated by Alan Lee
  12. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Mass market edition.
  13. The Hobbit Graphic Novel
  14. Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Black edition.
  15. Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Illustrated Hardcover edition, with the illustrations being by J.R.R. Tolkien too. Library discard.
  16. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Hardcover, with illustrations from the Rankin-Bass animated movie. The first edition of The Hobbit that I ever read. A bit awkwardly sized, but has a lot of sentimental value.
  17. The Hobbit
    BBC Radio Play edition
  18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    80th Anniversary Hardcover Facsimile edition. Not pictured.
  19. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Hardcover, illustrated by Ted Naismith
  20. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  21. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Library discard hardcover
  22. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo translated by J.R.R. Tolkien
    My favourite translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Tolkien seems to have kept the meter and rhyme scheme very well.
  23. Tales from The Perilous Realm b J.R.R. Tolkien
    Made up of Leaf by Niggle, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Farmer Giles of Ham and Smith of Wootton Major. Illustrated by Alan Lee
  24. On Fairy Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson. Included commentary and notes
  25. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil edited by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes
  26. Tree and Leaf by J.R.R. Tolkien
  27. Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.
  28. The Tolkien Reader by J.R.R. Tolkien
  29. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  30. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Audiobook read by Christopher Lee.
  31. Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  32.  The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Christopher Tolkien 
  33. Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Christopher Tolkien.
  34. The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  35. The Lay of Aotrou & Itroun by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Verlyn Flieger
  36. Tales from the Perilous Realm
    BBC Radio Play edition.
  37. Mr. Bliss by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Lovely slip-cased facsimile edition.
  38. The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien
  39. Smith of Wootton Major by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Verlyn Flieger
  40. Finn and Hengist by J.R.R. Tolkien
  41. The Ancrene Wisse edited by J.R.R. Tolkien
    One expensive book! In some form of Middle English, I think with some latin mixed in. I can't read it at all. Early English Text Society edition.
  42. Bilbo's Last Song by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Illustrated by Pauline Baynes
  43. The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays by J.R.R. Tolkien
  44. The Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
    Same cover style as the Black box set of the Lord of the Rings.
  45. The Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  46. The Book of Lost Tales One by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  47. The Book of Lost Tales Two by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  48. The Lays of Beleriand by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  49. The Shaping of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  50. The Lost Road by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  51. The Return of the Shadow by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
    The first book covering the draft versions of The Lord of the Rings. Also, the first book in the History Of Middle Earth series that I ever read.
  52. The Treason of Isengard by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
    The second book about the Lord of the Rings
  53. The War of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
    The third book in the set about the Lord of the Rings.
  54. Sauron Defeated by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
    Only part of the book covers the end of the documents about the Lord of the Rings. The rest holds one of my other favourite unfinished stories by Tolkien though: The Notion Club Papers. I think this copy also has some holes punched in the pages  (from the metal bookmark I stopped using as soon as I discovered it was doing that).
  55. Morgoth's Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  56. The War of the Jewels by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  57. Peoples of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
    Only one of the History of Middle-Earth books I have in hardcover.
  58. A Middle English Reader and Vocabulary by Kenneth Sisam and J.R.R. Tolkien
    IIRC, Kenneth Sisam was one of Tolkien's tutors.
  59. The Tolkien Family Album by John and Priscilla Tolkien
  60. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Humphrey Carpenter
    Hardcover edition
  61. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Humphrey Carpenter
    With the improved index.
  62. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
    This is the gold standard biography I believe.
  63. The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter
  64. Tolkien by Raymond Edwards
  65. The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
    Slip-cased set of two volumes: the Chronology and the Reader's Guide. Another jaw-dropper of a set, and one I consider to be a must-have.
  66. The Lord of the Rings Reader's Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
  67. The Art Of The Hobbit by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.
    The artwork that J.R.R. Tolkien did for The Hobbit, both during the drafts and for publication gathered together in one place. Beautifully done in a lovely slipcase.
  68. The Art of the Lord of the Rings by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull. 
    Follows the same format as the Art of the Hobbit. Absolutely spectacular!
  69. J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist And Illustrator by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
    About Tolkien's own artwork over the years from his childhood on. Stunning, and has insights into Tolkien and his writings as well.
  70. The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth by Robert Foster
  71. The Complete Guide To Middle Earth by Robert Foster
    Dates from university where I was keeping a copy handy for between class editing of my website.
  72. Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
  73. A Question of Time: Tolkien's Road To Faerie by Verlyn Flieger
  74. Interrupted Music: The Making of Middle-Earth by Verlyn Flieger
  75. Splintered Light: Langage and Logos by Verlyn Flieger
  76. Green Suns And Faerie by Verlyn Flieger. 
  77. Meditations on Middle-Earth edited by Karen Haber
    Illustrated by John Howe. A number of authors writing on how Middle-Earth and J.R.R. Tolkien influenced them.
  78. Master of Middle Earth by Paul Koch
  79. A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings by Lin Carter
  80. A Tolkien Compass by Jared Lobdel
  81. Tolkien's Legendarium Essays on The History of Middle-earth (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy) edited by Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter
    Essays that focus on the History of Middle Earth series. Another expensive book (especially for its size).
  82. The History of The Hobbit: Mr. Baggins by John D. Ratelliff
  83. The History of The Hobbit: Return to Bag-End by John D. Rateliff
  84. The Journeys of Frodo by Barbara Stratchey
    Maps and distances focused on the descriptions given in The Lord of the Rings. Rather a neat book to have, if an awkward size.
  85. Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstaad
  86. Understanding The Lord of the Rings by William Ready
  87. Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmun Weiner
  88. The Road Goes Ever On: A Song Cycle: Music By Donald Swann and Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien
    This is one that I`d really like to hear some day. I can`t read music, so I don`t fully appreciate the book at all.
  89. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings by Michael Coren
  90. Understanding The Lord Of The Rings: The Best Of Tolkien Criticism Edited by Rose A. Zimbardo and Neil D. Isaacs
  91. J.R.R. Tolkien by Robley Evans
    To be honest I cringe at this book - the errors are glaring.
  92. Tolkien: A Celebration edited by Joseph Pearce
  93. The Battle For Middle-Earth: Tolkien`s Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings by Fleming Rutledge
  94. Middle-Earth: Visions of A Modern Myth by Donato Giancola
    A book of art about Middle-Earth.
  95. The Road To Middle Earth by Tom Shippey
  96. J.R.R. Tolkien: Author Of The Century by Tom Shippey
  97. The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition DVD
  98. The Two Towers Extended Edition DVD
  99. The Return of the King Extended Edition DVD
  100. The Lord of the Rings Extended Editions set. Blu-Ray
    Not pictured. Purchased after the photo was taken.
  101. The Lord of the Rings DVD
  102. The Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack
    Not pictured
  103. The Two Towers Soundtrack
    Not pictured
  104. The Return of the King Soundtrack
    Not pictured
    The animated Bashki edition. Interestingly, Peter Woodthorpe does Gollum here too.
  105. J.E.A. Tyler`s Tolkien book
    Not pictured, in storage
  106. Tolkien`s Ring by David Day
    Illustrated by Alan Lee - the most redeeming feature of the book
  107. The Tolkien Encyclopedia by David Day
  108. A-Z of Tolkien by David Day
  109. The Gospel According To Tolkien by Ralph Woods.
  110. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    Peter Jackson's first movie in his Hobbit trilogy. Blu-Ray format.
  111. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    Peter Jackson's second movie in the Hobbit Trilogy. Also in Blu-Ray. 
  112. The Battle of the Five Armies
    Number three in Peter Jackson's version of The Hobbit. Blu-Ray.
    Not pictured - purchased after the photo was taken.
  113. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack
    Not pictured.
  114. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug soundtrack
    Not pictured.
  115. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies soundtrack
    Not pictured.
  116. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Origin of the Rings
    DVD. A waste of a hour it's that bad. Not pictured as I can't find it. I might have sold it on. Unfortunately I have to report since that that is not true. I still own this one.
Close-ups of the collection:
The left-most portion of my Tolkien collection

The center portion of the collection

The right end of the collection

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