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A number of exciting re-releases (Tolkien books) on the way this year:


Mar 3 2014, 11:24pm

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A number of exciting re-releases (Tolkien books) on the way this year: Can't Post

(I didn't write 'new' books deliberately I didn't want to get anyone's hopes up unnecessarily-though one book is certainly a new edition)

Having a little too much free time on my hands lately, I've been browsing various websites for Tolkien related news, there seems to be a few exciting releases/re-releases planned for Tolkien's works this year.

I'm not sure if any of this is really news, as the links/articles have been up for a while, so I might be posting needlessly, but I thought I'd share anyway:

John D Rateliffe has completed work on a new, reduced edition of his seminal book 'The History of The Hobbit):


I already own the excellent One Volume Edition (2011) so I will be giving it a miss, but I'm sure some of you guys and gals might be tempted.

This also looks intriguing:


In related news HarperCollins is releasing a special Facsimile Edition of The Hobbit, replicating it as it first appeared in 1937. From Amazon:

This sumptuous gift set contains a replica of the very rare first edition of The Hobbit, plus a book about the books’s publication history and a CD of previously unreleased archive recordings featuring J.R.R. Tolkien reading from his book.

The Hobbit was published on 21 September 1937 with a print run of 1,500 copies. With a beautiful cover design by the author and a coloured frontispiece painting, the book proved to be popular and was reprinted within three months, and history was already being made.

The scarcity of the first edition has resulted in copies commanding huge prices, way beyond the reach of most Tolkien fans. In addition, subsequent changes to the text - particularly those to chapter five when Tolkien decided to expand the text to marry it up to events in The Lord of the Rings - mean that the opportunity to read the book in its original form and format has become quite difficult.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of publication, this special edition reprints the first edition, so that Tolkien’s book may be enjoyed in its original form. Included in the box is a CD deaturing recordings of Tolkien reading extracts from the book, including more than half an hour of archive recordings only recently discovered and never before released. In addition, a full colour booklet traces the origins of The Hobbit and its publication history, complete with a gallery of artwork and covers for this remarkable book.


(A bit late to celebrate the 75th anniversary isn't it?, I guess it was held back to avoid clashing with the films)

The expanded edition of Tolkien's Famous 'On Fairy Stories' essay first published in 2008, is also getting a reprint in paperback:



(Definitely getting this one)

Wayne G Hammond and Christna Scull's 50th Aniversay edition of Farmer Giles Of Ham has recently been re-released in pocket hardcover edition:


With an expanded edition of 'The Adventures of Tom Bombadil' following later this year.

And last but not least there seems to be a 60th Anniversary Edition of The Lord Of The Rings on the way, or more accurately a reprint based on the 50th Anniversary edition:



Whilst Hammond and Scull's The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion is getting a reprint in Hardcover:


(No idea if these are merely reprints or newly proof read/corrected editions)

Of course all release dates cited above could change at any moment, and I know from experience not to place too much confidence in Amazon...

Hopefully that was useful...

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(This post was edited by malickfan on Mar 3 2014, 11:26pm)

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Mar 5 2014, 6:18am

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Thanks, malickfan! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm still snickering at the 1,500 copy first edition run of The Hobbit. Little did they know!

That set with the facsimile of the first edition sounds amazing and is a 'must have' for sure!

Great post! Thanks for sharing your discoveries! Smile

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Mar 5 2014, 8:47am

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A small correction to Amazon's piece - [In reply to] Can't Post

- the first printing of TH on 21st Sept. 1937 didn't have a coloured frontispiece, but Tolkien's black & white drawing of The Hill. This was replaced in December 1937 with Tolkien's painting of the same scene.

I for one am greatly looking forward to the facsimile edition, and the new 'Adventures of Tom Bombadil'.


Mar 5 2014, 10:00am

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Thanks for posting these Malickfan [In reply to] Can't Post

Hmmm- I know what I'm asking for for my birthday,, a month after the 60th anniversary LOTR is published.......Angelic

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Mar 5 2014, 10:11am

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*rubs hand together* Great! :D Thanks so much! // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Mar 8 2014, 12:07am

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Thanks, malickfan [In reply to] Can't Post

I hadn't heard about the second Shippey Festschrift. Now on order. As to the facsimile HOBBIT first edition, it was announced ages ago for 2013. I have no idea how long I have been waiting since they first announced it was in the pipeline. Will it really show up on September 11, 2014? Only more time will tell.


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