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Different edition of the Silmarillion?

Ziggy Stardust

Aug 3 2013, 6:15pm

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Different edition of the Silmarillion? Can't Post

I own a copy of the Houghton Mifflin paperback edition from America
The typeface of this edition is small, and it hurts my eyes when I read it. I was wondering if there was another edition with a better typeface? Sorry I don't have a sample of the edition I have, I don't have a scanner. Is there an edition of The Silmarillion that has a regular, Times New Roman font at a reasonable size? Much obliged for any help I can get.


Aug 3 2013, 6:30pm

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Well, beside the hardcover editions... [In reply to] Can't Post

An e-book version would let you play around with the size of the type, if not the font.

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Aug 3 2013, 7:15pm

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I have two copies of the Sil [In reply to] Can't Post

One is the original hardback edition (I'm in the US)


It's Houghton Mifflin, 1977. First Edition (but second printing, I don't think it's valuable). I got this at the thrift store for a few bucks. The paper is yellowed but the type is large enough that I could read it easily with my reading glasses (and I have aging eyes that struggle with small type) and, although I can't quickly identify the font, it is a serif font (which is what TNR is).

The other edition I have is this one illustrated by Ted Nasmith:


I got this at a Tolkien conference that Nasmith attended and I got his autograph on it. It also matched a set of LOTR I had won (from a TORn contest). The pages are snow white, the font size is adequate for my eyes, and it's a serif font (although, again, I can't say it's TNR).

The second edition would be lovely to read but I'd fear getting it dirty or mussed in some way. The first edition was cheap and I don't worry about mussing it too much. Depending on how you're reading, you may prefer one over the other.

I'm not overly fond of paperbacks because the bindings do not open easily and the inner margins are often inadequate for the tight binding. This is especially an issue if you want to read while eating or type from the book while reading (to type out a quote or to just be referencing the book while typing).

If you have a used book store in your area, it might be worth seeing if you can get one of these older hardcovers. I suppose there may be some slight edits made to the book since 1977 but for my purposes, it wouldn't matter much if there were.

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(This post was edited by Magpie on Aug 3 2013, 7:15pm)

Ziggy Stardust

Aug 4 2013, 4:38am

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Thanks Magpie [In reply to] Can't Post

I will be keeping a lookout for those editions at a used bookstore. I tend to prefer hardcovers also because of their durability. I have hardcovers of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and some of my other fave books, as well as paperback editions, which come in handy for traveling as they're light. But yes, a hardcover is preferable, and I will keep a look out for The Silmarillion.

Eriol Gurner
The Shire

Aug 13 2013, 2:42pm

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Editions [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree that it's the sort of book where you want two editions - the Nasmiith illustrated one (which is "precious" and must be preserved like...well, an artwork) and a cheap paperback (in my case, the old Harper Collins edition) that you can carry around and risk damage to.

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