Christmas Gift Ideas for Lord of the Rings and Tolkien lovers - PART II (30.11.06 by Pieter Collier) - Comments

Christmas shopping is something we all need to do, but how can you find an original gift? This year I'm going to make some nice suggestions, by creating two lists which will help you find a perfect gift for any Tolkien and Lord of the Rings lover or collector.
Part I covers all items related to The Children of Hurin, the new book by J.R.R.Tolkien, and worldwide bestseller. This list will cover other nice Tolkien collectables, books and perfect Christmas gifts.

It is always difficult to choose a nice gift for someone else. In the case of Tolkien lovers and especially the collectors, things can get even more difficult. How can you manage to find something that is not yet in his / her collection and how 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 II - Gift idea: Tolkien books, the perfect Christmas gifts

On 15th October 2007 HarperCollins published a revised Anniversary Edition of the long unavailable children’s story Mr. Bliss, written and illustrated by Tolkien himself.

It is the perfect Christmass gift and looks absolutely stunning. In this article I'll tell all about the new revised edition and will tell the history of Mr. Bliss' conception, the first edition and add some nice pictures.
When John (Tolkien's son) was 3 he got his first letter from Father Christmas. From 1920 until 1943 Tolkien wrote letters, as Father Christmas, to his children. They were accompagnied by lot's of funny pictures. The Father Christmas Letters contains most of these letters and most illustrations (most in colour). I don't need to explain why this book makes a perfect Christmas present!
This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Hobbit. For this reason there was made a new edition of The Hobbit with a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece. Read my review of this book here. A Hobbit is always a nice present, especially this new fantastic looking celebration edition!
Harper Collins Tolkien Collection The new Hobbit matches my favorite editions of The Lord of the Rings (boxed set with Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion), The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and even with the already published The History of the Hobbit: Mr Baggins and The History of the Hobbit: Return to Bag-End. Here is a picture of how a set will look like with this new addition. Happy birthday Bilbo Baggins!
Looking for something special, more exclusive? Tto celebrate 30 years of the Silmarillion there was made a new de luxe edition of The Silmarillion, featuring the revised, reset text, a colour frontispiece illustration, bound in special materials and presented in a matching slipcase. Here is an article on this book.

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 and collectible Tolkien books up for sale. Here is a small selection of Rare Tolkien items currently available.

#PC000003 - Lot of correspondence between J.R.R. Tolkien and Timothy J. Wheeler - $8950
Also included is a rare article by Jared Lobdell from the August 1966 issue of Rally and the original sketch of J.R.R. Tolkien used to illustrate the article, a carbon copy of a letter to J.R.R. Tolkien and a 2 page typed letter to Christopher Tolkien.
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#000398 - Comprehensive set of the UK Deluxe Editions - 2004 Deluxe Hobbit. 50 Ann. Lord of the Rings, & Deluxe Children of Hurin - $500.00
All three books are still sealed in the original shrinkwrap, and are As New.

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#000406 - The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, A Presentation copy specially bound for Methuen Publishers - $900.00
One of a "small number of copies of the Clowes impression were specially bound in dark blue leather, upper cover and spine stamped in gilt, for presentation by the publisher.

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#000436 - "The Lord of the Rings" Comprised of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King "Silver Anniversary Edition" - $275.00
Houghton Mifflin , 1981 1st thus US Edition, Silver Anniversary Edition to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the release of the Lord of the Rings in 1954.

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#000441 - 1977 First Folio Society - The Lord of the Rings - Quarter Leather with slipcase - $750.00

Features the light grey quarter leather binding, with gilded labyrinth design by Jeff Clements.  

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The books in the Tolkien Library Store always have a high collectible value and are of the finest on the market. Tolkien books available include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed / Numbered / Limited Editions.

Rare Tolkien items are also available, including books and letters signed by Tolkien, proof copies and books from Tolkiens personal library.

Not all items are on display here, so please do not hesitate to make requests about Tolkien books you are trying to find. Whatever you are looking to buy or sell, we will always try to help. Please choose the category of books you are interested in:

* Original cloth bindings
* Custom Cloth bindings
* Signed / Numbered / Limited editions
* Rare Tolkien items
* Other Tolkien collectables

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