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GIGANTIC LOTR Collection for Sale In Seattle Area

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Aug 15 2012, 5:26am

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GIGANTIC LOTR Collection for Sale In Seattle Area Can't Post

"It is the job that is never started that takes longest to finish." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Greetings dwellers of Middle Earth. I have been putting off making this post for nearly a year as it is a rather emotional thing for me and I wanted to do it right, in memory of my mother.


"She should not die, so young and beautiful. At least, she should not die alone." - J.R.R. Tolkien

My mother, who sadly and quite unexpectedly passed away last fall from an embolism, left behind her gigantic Lord of the Rings collection.

Mom was a deeply appreciative fan of the books since her youth in the 60's and really got excited to add items to her collection once the films were released. The LOTR collection was her pride and joy and she had dreams of living in a hobbit-like home someday with plenty of wall space to display her many trinkets.


"It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: someone has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Unfortunately, I am not a huge fan (please don't grunt in protest, ogres) and since I live in Canada and the items are in temporary storage in Issaquah, I have to sell this quickly. Not only do I lack time or capacity to sell each item separately, but for sentimental reasons and to honour the collection as a whole I hope it all goes to a serious collector who plans to cherish it in its entirety. I am sure I would make more money selling the items individually and that these items will be popular once the new Hobbit film is released, but perhaps my loss will be a LOTR fan's gain.


"In the end [Bilbo] would only take two small chests, one filled with silver, and the other with gold, such as one strong pony could carry. 'That will be quite as much as I can manage,' said he." - J.R.R. Tolkien

The collection is really big (probably 20 cubit feet of boxes, not just what is in the image here) and there is a lot more than shown in the photos below! Most of the items are WETA (from the film) and Hildebrandt, but there are some much older books and things dating back before the films which I know she has had since before I was born (I was born the year Elvis died and disco was born, if that gives you a general placement on the cosmic timeline).

Contained in her collection is tons of toys/action figures, dolls, books, dvds, cds, posters, framed and limited edition signed prints, clippings of actual film from the editing floor, and even life-sized cutouts, nearly all in mint and still-packaged condition.

The collection is really incredible and would make any LOTR fan jump with joy for all the little details that have been so lovingly collected. **Note the living siamese cats Mom had named "Frodo" and "Arwen" have found homes as they wouldn't keep well in storage...


"How on earth should I have got all that treasure home without war and murder all along the way, I don't know. And I don't know what I should have done with it when I got home. I am sure it is better in your hands." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Need to see photos? There are over 160 photos showing the many items in the collection and I could only post 1 here. I am happy to forward all photos to hobbits, elves or humans who are seriously interested.


"Since I leave now all gold and silver, and go where it is of little worth, I wish to part in friendship from you, and I would take back my words and deeds at the Gate." - J.R.R. Tolkien

In looking through mom's files I have found many receipts for the larger items ($100-$250 on average per receipt) which makes me suspect she has invested probably far much more into the collection over the years. I know there are 7 signed prints by one or both Hildebrandt Brothers which are worth a great price alone.


"Speak politely to an enraged dragon." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Asking price $1590 USD. I am open to offers, but please be realistic in your offer. Trolls need not write, even if you could figure it out or get your Orc friends to do it for you.


"May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Thanks for looking and for hearing my story.

See ad online at http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/clt/3206141604.html


Aug 15 2012, 10:19pm

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A wondeful collection. [In reply to] Can't Post

Firstly, sorry for your loss. Im sorry you have to share this fantastic collection with us in such sad circumstances.

That is a great collection of LOTR items.

Im not price-savvy, but the price you set it at, seems very reasonable. I do think you could get more for it though, but someone with better knowledge than me on these things could help better.

Best of luck with it, im sure you will get a good price, and im sure it will go to a good Tolkien fan home.

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Aug 16 2012, 12:16am

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Thanks [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for your reply. Very kind.

The collection is absolutely huge. So much more than what you see in the few pics I can post. It's really impressive.

Truth is, I too know the collection is worth SO much more than my asking price. I was always with her when she purchased items and collected rare bits, and in my researching I see these signed prints' asking price online, for example, for hundreds of dollars and know mom put thousands into the collection. I figure this is paying it forward and keeping things simple. I don't want to be talked down and want to see them go to someone who will really love the collection.

Best to you, spread the word to other folks with hairy feet.


Aug 17 2012, 1:47pm

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Oh wow... [In reply to] Can't Post

This time last year, I would have been willing to pay more than that, both because it's worth more and for the charity of the thing. But this year I'm broke Unsure That's such a great collection, I'd love an update on how much it goes for. There's lots of items there that I've wanted for years.Frown

(This post was edited by QuackingTroll on Aug 17 2012, 1:47pm)

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Aug 17 2012, 5:14pm

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Will take payments to a good home [In reply to] Can't Post

Hello, QuackingTroll, just a note to let you know a few people have been interested but not full funds at this time to purchase. Just to let you know, as with the others, I am willing to take payments. After all, my mom bought the collection in lumps here and there, piece by piece sometimes, so I know it's part of collecting. I would take a, for example, a payment to hold it, then let it go with a second payment and then trust the buyer to honor the post-dated checks for the balance. I offer this because I run my own small business and do the same when I sell violins.
Cheers and thanks.


Aug 19 2012, 3:30pm

Post #6 of 6 (255 views)
I'm so sorry about your Mom :( [In reply to] Can't Post

She sounds a lot like me... "mature" woman who found so much joy in collecting what she loved so much. What a wonderful collection it is. I'd be very tempted if I didn't already have the items.

I would like to say that being a kindred spirit to your Mom, she'd be very happy with how you're respectfully and lovingly taking care of her treasures. Doing your best to keep it intact and (thus) going to a new home that will cherish it the same way is inspired and so great :)

Good for you, rhiannon. This can't be easy for you. She'd be very proud :)


I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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