Tolkien, J.R.R.: 

Recognised as one of, if not, the most popular book of the 20th Century, the influence that Tolkien had on the fantasy genre was phenomenal. 

It is interesting to note that the book was started when Tolkien was forty five and only completely published when he was sixty three, so G.R.R. Martin is in the same ballpark as far as time to completion goes.

The work has inspired so much but one down side that has been the number of imitators such as 'The Sword of Shannara', which Lin Carter called "the single most cold-blooded, complete rip-off of another book that I have ever read” - a statement we wholeheartedly concur with.

Whilst we love both 'The Hobbit' and LOTR the later works compiled by his son and others are for the truly devoted fan and not great reads.

There are any number of editions out there now and you can go from inexpensive to extremely pricey and still have a stunning book.

The Peter Jackson movies were great though!


Easton Press Editions:



The Hobbit:


         Houghton - First Edition- Later Print                         Guild - Book Club                                              Unwin - First Edition                                         Guild - Book Club  


                                                                                Guild - Book Club  

Lord of The Rings:


                     Harper Collins - Deluxe Edition                                           Allen and Unwin - First Edition (6th imprint)                                                 Harper Collins - First Edition


                                                                                                                          Harper Collins - First Editions



             Allen and Unwin - Second Edition                                                                    Harper Collins - First Edition                                          Harper Collins - First Edition       


                                                                                     Harper Collins - First Edition                                                        Allen and Unwin - Second Editions (5th imprint)

Other Works:

Limited Edition Collector’s Box

Includes a special hardcover edition of The Silmarillion. A full colour fold-out map of Beleriand by John Howe, complete with a booklet by Brian Silbey which details the background to the book.

A colour postcard featuring Tolkien’s painting ‘Taniquetil’, a full colour fold-out sheet featuring Tolkien’s own depiction of heraldic devices from The Silmarillion with explanitory notes.

A CD of an archive recording from 1977 of Christopher Tolkien reading the legend of ‘Beren and Luithien’, never previously published on CD.



              Allen and Unwin - First Edition                                                                                                       Harper Collins - First Editions


                                                                                                                          Harper Collins - First Editions


                  Allen and Unwin - First Edition                               Guild - Book Club                                          Unwin - First Edition                                           Houghton - First Edition 


                      Harper Collins - First Edition                                                         Harper Collins - First Edition                                                   Harper Collins - First Edition                     


                                                                                                                         Allen and Unwin - First Editions                            

Tolkien Related:

We have the true first edition but must say that Ted Nasmith is a fantastic artist and his vision of middle earth is one of our favourites, making this new edition very desirable.

Harper Hardcover Edition  



           Allen and Unwin - First Edition                                 Mirage - First Edition                                      Harper Collins - First Edition   


                                                                                                                                   Houghton - First Edition                                                                    Harper Collins - First Edition            


              Macmillan - First Edition                                St. Martins Press - First Edition                                  Taurus - First Edition                                    Mallard Press - First Edition  


                 Harper Collins - First Edition                                                                                                          Large Format Paperback   

                    Harper First Edition


                         Colporteur Press - First Edition                                             Harper Collins - First Edition                                                          



           Harper Collins - First Edition   


                                                                                                             Large Format Paperbacks





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