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2012-12-04 08:44:58 AM

Handsome B. Wonderful: derpy: My copy.

Same Hobbit I have, got my dad's 1965 Lord of the Rings that look like this.


My copy is from 1960 and my wifes' copy is from 1958. Hers has the JRR Tolken cover art.


/read them again before seeing the movies
//reading the Hobbit right now.
///old, lawn, etc.
 
2012-12-04 09:05:56 AM
I liked the Hobbit, but it's not at the same level of the rest of Tolkien's work.

The should have made a movie out of one or more of the stories in the Silmarillion. Turin Turambar maybe, or Beren and Luthien.

Better stories, more epic in scope.
 
2012-12-04 09:11:44 AM
I have the 1976 Unwin 2nd ed. edition of the Trilogy....

...

and the "The Hobbit: An illustrated edition" hardcover, with Smaug on the dust jacket. It would not look as impressive as this display.
 
2012-12-04 09:14:38 AM
Since everyone's posting which editions they have.

I have:

i50.tinypic.com
d.gr-assets.com
 
2012-12-04 09:14:58 AM
I think it would be worth receiving a lifetime store ban just to hurl myself into that display.
 
2012-12-04 09:17:00 AM
And I have this one:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-04 09:21:17 AM

INeedAName: [i361.photobucket.com image 656x1024]
i361.photobucket.com
My father had me reading it in fourth grade.



I have that copy of The Hobbit given to me by my teacher when I was 9 after I wrote a fantasy story about a boy taken by dragons. She thought I might be interested in it which I definitely was.

I didn't know the value of it until now. I wish I'd taken better care of it but the book is beat up and torn now.

/CSB
 
2012-12-04 09:47:32 AM
zymote


Even though it means going full nerd, I have to point out that Barad-Dur wasn't in The Hobbit.

A lot of what isn't in The Hobbit, is going to be in p.j's money-grab 9 hour trillogy on that 290 page book.
 
2012-12-04 10:05:30 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-04 10:19:37 AM
I just wanted to drop by and say I'm a huge Tolkien nerd and I'm scared Jackson will ruin the Hobbit like he ruined the ending to LOTR (no uprising in the Shire? you leave that out really? the point was England couldn't stay unaffected by WWII. It's kind of important to the story)
 
Skr
2012-12-04 10:24:47 AM
My father read the hobbit and LotR to me as a many-night-spanning bedtime story when I was really young. Really made a large impact on me, as I've been inseparably attached to fantasy all my life. I inherited the paperback books he read to me, though most of the covers were missing. Also received an interesting "Choose Your Own Adventure" book that had an interesting added Experience and Combat portion.

Much much anticipation to see the Hobbit Trilogy. The football in the article was a very amusing prop.
 
2012-12-04 10:29:51 AM
Yeah it's all fun and games, subby, until a Baggins arrives and pull the whole damn thing down around your ears and leaves you to clean up the mess.
 
2012-12-04 10:58:43 AM

sprawl15: [i.imgur.com image 149x159]


Oh that's the Carrie-Ann Moss in latex & the 13 Dwarves edition right?
 
2012-12-04 11:17:03 AM
I've always wanted a neat and nifty hardcover version of a book, but since I use my books like a cheap hooker, they just end up getting worn out from over use, reading, and transportation. My friends wonder how I can read a book more than once. Sometimes I do to, But if it wasn't a good book, I'd just throw it away.

t0.gstatic.com 

/hotlinked and not mine
//It looks like I ran my books through a sandblaster
///binding on the Hobbit and Fellowship is REALLY bad
 
2012-12-04 11:51:00 AM
These are my copy, the ones my mom used to read to me from. Hobbit and Fellowship fell apart, so I picked up a Jewfro-Bilbo set for reading. http://lotrscrapbook.bookloaf.net/gall ery/bookcovers/pages/06.htm
 
2012-12-04 12:01:58 PM

etherknot: sprawl15: [i.imgur.com image 149x159]

Oh that's the Carrie-Ann Moss in latex & the 13 Dwarves edition right?


no the first edition had golumn give the ring away willingly at the end of the riddling and they shook hands and all was well

it wasnt until the second edition that changed it so the ring made golumn obsessive about it
 
2012-12-04 12:28:52 PM
Here's my LOTR set. I've had to replace a couple of the books, but have never had any trouble tracking down better copies of the same edition. My Hobbit is a fair bit more recent. This edition was published in the early 90s.
www.tolkienguide.comwww.tolkienguide.comwww.tolkienguide.comwww.bmeijer.com
 
2012-12-04 12:47:09 PM

Doc Daneeka: I liked the Hobbit, but it's not at the same level of the rest of Tolkien's work.

The should have made a movie out of one or more of the stories in the Silmarillion. Turin Turambar maybe, or Beren and Luthien.

Better stories, more epic in scope.


They're including a lot of the appendix in the Hobbit movies. I think that should scratch you where you itch.
 
2012-12-04 12:49:03 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I just wanted to drop by and say I'm a huge Tolkien nerd and I'm scared Jackson will ruin the Hobbit like he ruined the ending to LOTR (no uprising in the Shire? you leave that out really? the point was England couldn't stay unaffected by WWII. It's kind of important to the story)


I think ruined is a bit strong, but I do semi agree with you. Them going back and razing the Shire was one of my favorite parts of the story.
 
2012-12-04 01:19:15 PM

LL316: ModernPrimitive01: I just wanted to drop by and say I'm a huge Tolkien nerd and I'm scared Jackson will ruin the Hobbit like he ruined the ending to LOTR (no uprising in the Shire? you leave that out really? the point was England couldn't stay unaffected by WWII. It's kind of important to the story)

I think ruined is a bit strong, but I do semi agree with you. Them going back and razing the Shire was one of my favorite parts of the story.


To be fair, there are an awful lot of people that love Tom Bombadil also, but he wasn't included in the movies. Some things work better in a book than they do on screen. The climax of the movies is the destruction of the ring and by adding in another arc with its own climax and resolution you only throw off the pacing of the movie.

I understand the nerd love for wanting to include everything in the movies, but it's just not practical to ask for everything. The only way to include absolutely everything from the books would have been to make it a 10+ episode mini series. You can't please all the people all of the time, and in the case of Tolkien fans, you can't please any of them all the time and only some of them some of the time.
 
2012-12-04 01:43:21 PM

derpy: [i50.tinypic.com image 800x600]

My copy.

[i50.tinypic.com image 600x800]

If that was at all legible, you'd see I've owned this for 34 years. Ouch.


You have good taste my friend, that's the same copy I have. Sans autograph unfortunately.
 
2012-12-04 01:44:53 PM

Night Night Cream Puff: LL316: ModernPrimitive01: I just wanted to drop by and say I'm a huge Tolkien nerd and I'm scared Jackson will ruin the Hobbit like he ruined the ending to LOTR (no uprising in the Shire? you leave that out really? the point was England couldn't stay unaffected by WWII. It's kind of important to the story)

I think ruined is a bit strong, but I do semi agree with you. Them going back and razing the Shire was one of my favorite parts of the story.

To be fair, there are an awful lot of people that love Tom Bombadil also, but he wasn't included in the movies. Some things work better in a book than they do on screen. The climax of the movies is the destruction of the ring and by adding in another arc with its own climax and resolution you only throw off the pacing of the movie.

I understand the nerd love for wanting to include everything in the movies, but it's just not practical to ask for everything. The only way to include absolutely everything from the books would have been to make it a 10+ episode mini series. You can't please all the people all of the time, and in the case of Tolkien fans, you can't please any of them all the time and only some of them some of the time.


My complaint about the movies wasn't about the things that Jackson omitted. I understand not everything can be included just for lack of time and space.

My major complain was about the things that he changed and added for no good reason. For instance, instead of encountering Frodo and Sam, learning of their quest, and making the hard decision to let them proceed, as in the books, Faramir abducts the two hobbits and intends to take the Ring back to Minas Tirith, and makes it as far as Osgiliath before they escape. It's an entirely newly fabricated scene in the movies with no basis in the book. And what's worse, it completely changes Faramir's character. There is supposed to be a contrast between Faramir and Boromir, in how they reacted when tempted by the Ring and its power. But in the movie, they are essentially the same. They react the same.
 
2012-12-04 01:48:35 PM

Doc Daneeka: Night Night Cream Puff: LL316: ModernPrimitive01: I just wanted to drop by and say I'm a huge Tolkien nerd and I'm scared Jackson will ruin the Hobbit like he ruined the ending to LOTR (no uprising in the Shire? you leave that out really? the point was England couldn't stay unaffected by WWII. It's kind of important to the story)

I think ruined is a bit strong, but I do semi agree with you. Them going back and razing the Shire was one of my favorite parts of the story.

To be fair, there are an awful lot of people that love Tom Bombadil also, but he wasn't included in the movies. Some things work better in a book than they do on screen. The climax of the movies is the destruction of the ring and by adding in another arc with its own climax and resolution you only throw off the pacing of the movie.

I understand the nerd love for wanting to include everything in the movies, but it's just not practical to ask for everything. The only way to include absolutely everything from the books would have been to make it a 10+ episode mini series. You can't please all the people all of the time, and in the case of Tolkien fans, you can't please any of them all the time and only some of them some of the time.

My complaint about the movies wasn't about the things that Jackson omitted. I understand not everything can be included just for lack of time and space.

My major complain was about the things that he changed and added for no good reason. For instance, instead of encountering Frodo and Sam, learning of their quest, and making the hard decision to let them proceed, as in the books, Faramir abducts the two hobbits and intends to take the Ring back to Minas Tirith, and makes it as far as Osgiliath before they escape. It's an entirely newly fabricated scene in the movies with no basis in the book. And what's worse, it completely changes Faramir's character. There is supposed to be a contrast between Faramir and Boromir, in how they reacted when tempted by the Ring and i ...


Completely agree with you here. I was pissed to see that and it's also my biggest gripe with the movies.
 
2012-12-04 02:02:09 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I just wanted to drop by and say I'm a huge Tolkien nerd and I'm scared Jackson will ruin the Hobbit like he ruined the ending to LOTR (no uprising in the Shire? you leave that out really? the point was England couldn't stay unaffected by WWII. It's kind of important to the story)


The story had already had it's big climax and the denouement. Putting in another smaller climax made no sense, and was bad plotting on Tolkein's part. That being said, it was my favorite part of "Return of the King."

As for your interpretation, even Tolkein said the trilogy had nothing to do with WWII.
 
2012-12-04 02:04:46 PM

Doc Daneeka: There is supposed to be a contrast between Faramir and Boromir, in how they reacted when tempted by the Ring and its power. But in the movie, they are essentially the same. They react the same.


But it also trivializes the power of the Ring. Boromir tries to steal it, Gandalf and Galadriel dare not touch it, and Faramir just blows it off like it's nothing?
 
2012-12-04 02:10:22 PM
I used to own a copy of this, purchased as a college student in Paris in the 1970s. Gave it away to someone or another I met there. Hate to think what it would be worth if I still had it today.
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-12-04 02:18:52 PM

give me doughnuts: Doc Daneeka: There is supposed to be a contrast between Faramir and Boromir, in how they reacted when tempted by the Ring and its power. But in the movie, they are essentially the same. They react the same.

But it also trivializes the power of the Ring. Boromir tries to steal it, Gandalf and Galadriel dare not touch it, and Faramir just blows it off like it's nothing?


He didn't blow it off like it's nothing. Faramir was severely tempted to take the Ring, and use its power to defend Gondor, the same as his his brother was. But in the end, he was able to resist the temptation. That is where the vital contrast with his brother is. Faramir was stronger than his brother - that was the point. That point was lost in the movie version.

The only character in the books that blew off the Ring like it was nothing was Tom Bombadil. And it's interesting to speculate on why that is and what that says about who Tom Bombadil is and what he is meant to represent.
 
2012-12-04 02:23:31 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I just wanted to drop by and say I'm a huge Tolkien nerd and I'm scared Jackson will ruin the Hobbit like he ruined the ending to LOTR (no uprising in the Shire? you leave that out really? the point was England couldn't stay unaffected by WWII. It's kind of important to the story)


I understand the sentiment (and my wife very much agrees with you) - but there was no way to put that in the movie. After the ceremony at Minas Tirith, can you imagine another 40 minutes to an hour of what would have felt like a new movie tacked on to the end of the third film? No way to make that work in movie form.

The best they could have done was add 10-15 minutes of "Hobbits come back, find the Shire full of assholes, and run them off... and Sam get married to Rosie after saving her from ruffians." Blech.

...and why has no one addressed the most important question regarding that book tower in TFA: Is that a Powerpuff Girl climbing up the side of the tower?
 
2012-12-04 02:32:54 PM

magneticmushroom: My Hobbit paperback is missing and my LotR books are starting to look pretty ratty. I might have to grab this new printing for X-Mas as it looks a lot better than my early 90's ones with the paintings of "Obese Jew-Fro Bilbo", "Surprise Buttsecks Legolas", and "Math Teacher Aragorn."


Given that you made me nearly die laughing while at work, I had to see if I could find your particular covers. I can only assume these are the ones you own? 

Link

/Not hot at all, thanks to the dick who runs that site knowing how to block hotlinks. Thanks, website-running dick.
 
2012-12-04 02:52:27 PM

mason4300: magneticmushroom: My Hobbit paperback is missing and my LotR books are starting to look pretty ratty. I might have to grab this new printing for X-Mas as it looks a lot better than my early 90's ones with the paintings of "Obese Jew-Fro Bilbo", "Surprise Buttsecks Legolas", and "Math Teacher Aragorn."

Given that you made me nearly die laughing while at work, I had to see if I could find your particular covers. I can only assume these are the ones you own? 

Link

/Not hot at all, thanks to the dick who runs that site knowing how to block hotlinks. Thanks, website-running dick.


Yep, except mine are all black, like The Hobbit. I assume that's because the colorful ones were part of a boxset, and mine are not. I also have the stylisticly-matched Silmarillion mentioned earlier by someone else.

/Never made farkers laugh before. Feels good bro.
 
2012-12-04 04:00:23 PM
I found these at a bookstore before the hint of the movies coming into being.

the pics of the books with the Tolkein watercolors

that would be th sort of artwork I'd want on my wall.

//the barrels
/the slashies
 
2012-12-04 04:09:21 PM

ModernPrimitive01: I just wanted to drop by and say I'm a huge Tolkien nerd and I'm scared Jackson will ruin the Hobbit like he ruined the ending to LOTR (no uprising in the Shire? you leave that out really? the point was England couldn't stay unaffected by WWII. It's kind of important to the story)


Dude... You're wrong in that you're reading WAAYYY too much into it.

"I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history, true or feigned, with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of the reader. I think that many confuse 'applicability' with 'allegory'; but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author." - JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is not an allegory for World War II or Catholicism or your burnt oatmeal or whatever else people claim. It's a story in and of itself.
 
2012-12-04 04:40:04 PM
Anyone got the books with these covers ?

www.collecttolkien.com
 
2012-12-04 04:40:40 PM
theliteraryomnivore.files.wordpress.com

1999 paperback editions.
 
2012-12-04 05:32:31 PM

Metaluna Mutant: Anyone got the books with these covers ?

[www.collecttolkien.com image 375x300]


I have the three LOTR books with those covers. My copy of The Hobbit is the Tolkien watercolor one mentioned above.

My youngest is reading LOTR now. I had her check out the school's copy since mine are fragile with age and much love.
 
2012-12-04 05:40:39 PM

neuroflare: magneticmushroom: My Hobbit paperback is missing and my LotR books are starting to look pretty ratty. I might have to grab this new printing for X-Mas as it looks a lot better than my early 90's ones with the paintings of "Obese Jew-Fro Bilbo", "Surprise Buttsecks Legolas", and "Math Teacher Aragorn."

I see you have the same set I do


I still have these paperbacks, but they're finally falling apart.

I do have these as a backup though, great artwork by Alan Lee included.
img831.imageshack.us
 
2012-12-04 10:33:08 PM

Cyno01: [theliteraryomnivore.files.wordpress.com image 600x182]

1999 paperback editions.


Came to say this is the set I have too, all 5 of those pictured. Really like the art on them... I'd take anything over any of the 'Now a major motion picture' version covers though. Ugh.
 
2012-12-04 11:37:44 PM

Metaluna Mutant: Anyone got the books with these covers ?

[www.collecttolkien.com image 375x300]


Yeah, I had those ones. I took them from my dad's collection, which he had sitting around at Grandma's house. He never actually read them, but he sure loved the movies.
 
2012-12-05 04:02:40 AM
img3.etsystatic.com 

This is my original set, bought them in 1975 in 7th grade.
 
2012-12-05 05:18:38 AM

ybishop: [img3.etsystatic.com image 850x1133] 

This is my original set, bought them in 1975 in 7th grade.


I have the 60s version with the gold foil box. My friend had the one you have. I always preferred that one over mine.
 
2012-12-05 06:55:07 AM

tinfoil-hat maggie: alienated: A: nice find subby
B: now *THIS* is how folks need to merchandise things. Great product display, esp the mini football to be the eye of Sauron ( spoiler alert ) Sauron was not yet just an eye in the Hobbit.
C: It is too tall, and that is my only complaint.Sure, you have no product in the back, but maintaining that display is going to be a nightmare, and the gods help a young kids or drunkeded person that hits it- congrats! about half are no longer in pristine condition.
Why yes, I do these kind of displays for a living, but with liquor

/only chance i get to use Barbie dolls anymore

Well the display Is empty boxes since there is no DVD release yet, and if I were doing it it would all be hot glued together with a strong framework. Yea I did quite a bit of merchandise design back in the day.
/And never got to use Barbie dolls : (


I do it with Coca-cola displays, I'll have to post some of the monstrosities we build
 
2012-12-06 10:03:57 AM

INeedAName: [i361.photobucket.com image 656x1024]

My father had me reading it in fourth grade.


I have the anniversary edition of that cover and the matching LotR trilogy and Silmarillion. I really love the art reproductions.
www.tolkienlibrary.com
www.tolkienlibrary.com

Belgian bookstories sold the English version in paperback only. I made a trip to the UK because I wanted a hard cover edition.
 
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