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History of Middle Earth books (in the US)

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May 16 2014, 1:32pm

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History of Middle Earth books (in the US) Can't Post

So I would like to start my journey into the History of Middle Earth, and one thing that excites me is the 2002 HoME index for all of the books. I figured that I should start collecting books that are compatible with the index right from the get-go.

As far as I can tell, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but the only compatible editions are the 2002 Harper Collins editions.

I know these are available at the Tolkien store, and a bit cheaper on amazon.co.uk, but has anybody had any luck finding them in the US?


May 17 2014, 2:46pm

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Yes and No! [In reply to] Can't Post

I live in Canada so I have a similar problem as you do. I have to purchase them from the UK if I want to own a copy of them. However the American luxury bindery called the Easton Press has recently published 4 volumes from the History of Middle-Earth series. It is called the History of the Lord of the Rings because it is volumes 6-9 which covers the end of the third age essentially. The 4 volumes are:


The volumes are stunningly beautiful but must be bought as a set at $100 USD/book = $400 USD

i collect Easton Press books, and since I love Tolkien this was a must buy for me. Although they no longer make the earlier volumes of the History of Middle-Earth series, they are still possible to find online should you covet a full matching set.


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May 18 2014, 3:28am

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I'm also waiting on these [In reply to] Can't Post

Also in the US. My guess is is that we will get reasonably priced reprints of these at some point in the future. Maybe.

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