The Children of Húrin is another posthumously released entry into Tolkien's legendarium. Edited by Christopher Tolkien, as are all (to my knowledge) his posthumous releases. The mass market paperback copy I own is a sixth printing from 2010. The book is a Del Rey/Ballantine Book, with illustrations by Alan Lee. The illustrations in … Continue reading The Children of Húrin 2010 Mass Market
I was pretty apprehensive about posting this piece of my collection, mostly because I haven't read it yet. My thesis has kept it out of reach since I bought, but the minute I finish up with that, this is the first thing I am reading. The tale of Bern and Lúthien can of … Continue reading Beren and Lúthien 2017 Hardcover
The Silmarillion is the book that launched the popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium, bringing us a greater understanding of Arda, Tolkien's secondary world. The Silmarillion really demonstrates how developed and realized Middle-Earth truly is. While The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, are without a doubt Tolkien's greatest achievement, which is demonstrated by their … Continue reading The Silmarillion 1984 Paperback (A Tribute to Christopher Tolkien)
I bought the "omnibus" as some might call it, mostly for the jacket art by Donato. I think the art is fantastic and captures the dark feel of the story very well. I'm always hesitant to refer to these types of printings as omnibuses because Tolkien originally intended the story to be published as … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings 1994 Omnibus
Of the three parts of the The Lord of the Rings, the Return of the King is actually the first that I bought. I borrowed the trilogy from my school's library, but after I read Return of the King, I immediately bought a copy from Amazon, and reread it (it was the end of the year when I read … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 1983 Paperback
My first copies of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers are these movie Tie-In Editions from Ballantine Books, published in 2001. The Fellowship is the 100th printing and Towers is the 130th printing. I'm quite terrible at making out the exact year of publication of Tolkien books, they give me more trouble than many others for some reason. I loathe Tie-In covers, but I bought these on Amazon, … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers 2001 Movie Tie-In
This edition may have a dust cover originally but I would not know. My copy was given to me by a friend, and as a straightforward reading copy it's pretty great. I actually didn't intend on reading the book when it was given to me...
The leather-bound pocket deluxe edition (what a mouthful) of The Hobbit is the first I owned. This edition of the book was published in 2012...
Peter Jackson's telling of The Lord of the Rings, is far from perfect. As far as a film adaptation is concerned however, they are very good. It's just not entirely the same story. There isn't anything wrong with that, as film is a very different medium for storytelling than a book is. Even judging the films … Continue reading “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy
Peter Jackson royally screwed The Hobbit, with horrible versions of characters, too much CGI...adding plot elements that do not contribute to the story, and too many Goddamn references to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.