Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Tolkien Collection - 2013 Edition

Back in 2011 I set out my collection of Tolkien books on the kitchen table. The resulting pile and list were posted to my blog.

Now, I've finally unpacked the majority of the collection from the move (plus the books that I'd stored for lack of space). The resulting photo took up one side of the other new arrival today, the snooker table:

My Tolkien book collection
Of course, one of our two cats had to get in on the game too. She's sitting behind The Art Of The Hobbit.
The books:
  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    One volume edition, illustrated by Alan Lee. (bottom of the stack, spine out)
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    One volume, movie cover edition. (hiding behind The Art Of The Hobbit)
  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. (beside The Art Of The Hobbit)
  4. The Lord of the Rings box set by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The black box set. (slightly tipped, in the middle)
  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). (beside the DVD's)
  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 Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Hardcover, illustrated by Ted Naismith
  19. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  20. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Library discard hardcover
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. On Fairy Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson. Included commentary and notes
  24. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien
  25. Tree and Leaf by J.R.R. Tolkien
  26. Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.
  27. The Tolkien Reader by J.R.R. Tolkien
  28. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  29. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Audiobook read by Christopher Lee.
  30. Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  31.  The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Christopher Tolkien 
  32. Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Christopher Tolkien.
  33. Tales from the Perilous Realm
    BBC Radio Play edition.
  34. Mr. Bliss by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Lovely slip-cased facsimile edition.
  35. The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien
  36. Smith of Wootton Major by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Edited by Verlyn Flieger
  37. Finn and Hengist by J.R.R. Tolkien
  38. 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.
  39. Bilbo's Last Song by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Illustrated by Pauline Baynes
  40. The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays by J.R.R. Tolkien
  41. 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.
  42. The Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  43. The Book of Lost Tales One by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  44. The Book of Lost Tales Two by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  45. The Lays of Beleriand by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  46. The Shaping of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  47. The Lost Road by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  48. 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.
  49. The Treason of Isengard by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
    The second book about the Lord of the Rings
  50. 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.
  51. 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).
  52. Morgoth's Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  53. The War of the Jewels by J.R.R. Tolkien. Edited by Christopher Tolkien
  54. 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.
  55. A Middle English Reader and Vocabulary by Kenneth Sisam and J.R.R. Tolkien
    IIRC, Kenneth Sisam was one of Tolkien's tutors.
  56. The Tolkien Family Album by John and Priscilla Tolkien
  57. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Humphrey Carpenter
    Hardcover edition
  58. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Humphrey Carpenter
    With the improved index.
  59. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
    This is the gold standard biography I believe.
  60. The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter
  61. 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.
  62. The Lord of the Rings Reader's Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth by Robert Foster
  66. 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.
  67. Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
  68. A Question of Time: Tolkien's Road To Faerie by Verlyn Flieger
  69. Interrupted Music: The Making of Middle-Earth by Verlyn Flieger
  70. Splintered Light: Langage and Logos by Verlyn Flieger
  71. Green Suns And Faerie by Verlyn Flieger. 
  72. 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.
  73. Master of Middle Earth by Paul Koch
  74. A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings by Lin Carter
  75. A Tolkien Compass by Jared Lobdel
  76. 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).
  77. The History of The Hobbit: Mr. Baggins by John D. Ratelliff
  78. The History of The Hobbit: Return to Bag-End by John D. Rateliff
  79. 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.
  80. Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstaad
  81. Understanding The Lord of the Rings by William Ready
  82. Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmun Weiner
  83. 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.
  84. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings by Michael Coren
  85. Understanding The Lord Of The Rings: The Best Of Tolkien Criticism Edited by Rose A. Zimbardo and Neil D. Isaacs
  86. J.R.R. Tolkien by Robley Evans
    To be honest I cringe at this book - the errors are glaring.
  87. Tolkien: A Celebration edited by Joseph Pearce
  88. The Battle For Middle-Earth: Tolkien`s Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings by Fleming Rutledge
  89. Middle-Earth: Visions of A Modern Myth by Donato Giancola
    A book of art about Middle-Earth.
  90. The Road To Middle Earth by Tom Shippey
  91. J.R.R. Tolkien: Author Of The Century by Tom Shippey
  92. The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition DVD
  93. The Two Towers Extended Edition DVD
  94. The Return of the King Extended Edition DVD
  95. The Lord of the Rings DVD
    The animated Bashki edition. Interestingly, Peter Woodthorpe does Gollum here too.
  96. J.E.A. Tyler`s Tolkien book
    Not pictured, in storage
  97. Tolkien`s Ring by David Day
    Illustrated by Alan Lee - the most redeeming feature of the book
  98. The Tolkien Encyclopedia by David Day
  99. A-Z of Tolkien by David Day
  100. The Gospel According To Tolkien by Ralph Woods.
  101. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    Peter Jackson's first movie in his Hobbit trilogy. Blu-Ray format. Not pictured. 
  102. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    Peter Jackson's second movie in the Hobbit Trilogy. Also in Blu-Ray. Not pictured.
  103. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Origin of the Rings
    DVD. A waste of a hour it's that bad.
Now I have to go and shelve all the books. Hopefully there's enough shelf-space where I've planned.

Thanks Jeff for taking the picture, Jenny just makes things perfect.

Further updates to my collection will be posted to the 2016 version.
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