back in about 1972, I loaned my copy of FotR to my little brother, and he bent the cover back and I was horrified. I went out and bought a second set right then, because I'd had the experience with other books that had gone out of print, and I didn't know how long LotR would be in print (sounds absurd, but "The Thirteen Clocks" is out of print now.) That set eventually went to my son, years and years later. So my old Ballantine FotR with the blue hippy cover still has a corner bent.
(This post was edited by Aunt Dora Baggins on Jun 16 2009, 11:01pm)
from the Faroe Islands at the High School. She told me I was the first person she'd met here who actually knew something about her home. I was also the only one to correctly pronounce her first name. She used her middle name here, with good reason! ;)
In the senior class of my primary school the students got to deliver the school newsletter to all the other classes, which meant I got my hands on the pages when they were still warm (which made for greater smelling appreciation...)
I guess the air conditioning in the office where the mim. machine was super-cooled the wet papers. If I was lucky enough to get to pass out a test or something, I was in chemical heaven! Of course, every kid would smell his test before starting on it.
We had half of The Hobbit in Spanish at my parents' house for a while. It was very random, since none of us ever knew Spanish.
Other than that, I have three copies. The old edition, that I got in middle school, with the binding falling off. FOTR also once went on a diving expedition, so it's very poofy. Then there's the newer paperbacks I got for everyday reading. Finally... if I haven't lost it somewhere... I have the thick tome all-in-one, for funsies.
In any case, I'm glad I'm not the only one who loses track of them!
I have a paperback box set including The Hobbit, the one with the Alan Lee illustrated covers, that I got in college after reading borrowed copies a couple times. Then this last Christmas my boyfriend got me the 50th anniversary edition hardcover. I haven't read it yet, and it might just remain on the shelf as decoration, so it stays nice. The paperbacks are more portable, and I'm less concerned about messing them up, though I do try to treat my books well, not breaking spines or bending pages, so they're still in good shape after multiple reads.
I have the separated volumes in Dutch and all the volumes together in a movie paper back in English (with the black riders on the front). Silmarillion I also own both in Dutch and English. For The Hobbit I have three copies. On in Dutch, a paper back in English and a really beautiful English version with Alan Lee drawings. I still want to buy the Lord of the Rings with his drawings, but it is a bit expensive.
I collect "The silmarillion", "LOTR" and "The hobbit" in every language i can find and i every different copy i can find! I really don't know where to put them all. And then of course all the Tolkien books i can find i buy in all different cover. For now i think it's LOTR to have the first of the chart with most copies LOL But it's always too few!