Tolkien’s “Holy Grail”

– The never-ending quest …

In some of the early Arthurian Literature, knights would often find themselves embarking on heroic quests in order to attain a much revered object in the Christian world – the Holy Grail.arthur

Fast forward to approximately 900 years later and a parallel can be created with many Tolkienists – vying their way to find a very obscure artifact from a long lost period in history.
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The Greatest or Most Decisive?: The Battle of Five Armies vs The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Following in the trails of my recent article on The Battle of Five Armies (here) and the ongoing online discussion on whether ‘There And Back Again’ should portray the battle as either greater or smaller than the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, I have decided to give my two cents on the matter …

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Tolkien Week is here!

up– Let the festivities commence!

Whether you’re a fanatic of the films, an unflinching Tolkien purist or simply a mixture of both, this should be the best week in an otherwise dull month … (end of summer, rain, strong winds – unless you’re living in the Southern Hemisphere, that is.)
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My Tolkien Collection: Paperbacks

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(Above: notice the bookmark in ‘Unfinished Tales’ … currently in my second read – notice also, the horrendous lighting setup in all these pictures. Apologies.)

– Your first introduction

If your intention is to read and re-read as much of Tolkien as you can (whether you are a serious collector or not), paperbacks are an indispensable element in your reading experience. Light, easy to handle and containing pretty much the exact same text as any other version, paperbacks will always be there with you. Sure, after a couple of years you’ll start noticing ugly creases along the spine of your books, or brown marks littering the edges of the pages, but the words and the emotion contained inside will still be there. Continue reading

My Tolkien Collection: Hardbacks

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– The “Intermediaries”

I affectionately refer to hardbacks as “intermediaries” and certainly not in a negative way – far from it. I consider hardbacks to be one step ahead in the evolutionary process of a book. From being a paperback, it has taken a giant leap towards achieving Deluxe status and beyond! Continue reading

My Tolkien Collection: Deluxe Editions

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– Turning good stories into classics … physically, at least

There’s something intrinsically beautiful and magical about a Deluxe edition book being slowly extracted from its matching slipcase – none the least when that book has Tolkien’s motif embossed in gold at the back and the appropriate design on the front. Continue reading

My Tolkien Collection: Rare books

Rare – The finest of the finest … of which I own only one item Unfortunately, I can’t boast much of owning anything exclusively ‘rare’ and preciousss … The reason being that most of the stuff available (be it books, letters by Tolkien or other artefacts) are sold at ridiculously high prices. Continue reading