September 5, 2016

Tolkien Tuesday: Definitive Paperback Editions

So, some of the editions of my primary Tolkien books I own that I've shown you can be a bit pricey, hard to get, etc. Or, maybe you're not the biggest Tolkien fan. Or, you dislike hardbacks. Or maybe you're thinking of getting some into Tolkien.

This time, I'm going to recommend some great all-around editions of Tolkien's books to you. Content wise, design wise etc...these are the paperback 'mirror' equal to my hardbacks. And, to the deluxe editions, as well. I may not have mentioned this till now, but I see the Tolkien books on a scale, from 'lowest to highest', in terms of price, quality and other factors:

~ paperback
~ hardback
~ deluxe

So this week I'm going to examine the 'definitive' paperback editions. Next week will be the same, but with the deluxe editions.

Below, find the cover artwork, the book's title, and the ISBN: which is what you should REALLY be using to look them up to buy them (tolkien.co.uk, amazon.co.uk, bookdepository.com, waterstones.com, or bookshop.blackwell.co.uk)  



THE HOBBIT

" ...this definitive paperback edition features nine illustrations and two maps drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien, and a preface by Christopher Tolkien."

ISBN: 9780261103344



THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: PART 1)

[50th Anniversary Edition text]

ISBN:
9780261103573

THE TWO TOWERS (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: PART 2)

[50th Anniversary Edition text]

ISBN: 9780261103580




THE RETURN OF THE KING (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: PART 3)

[50th Anniversary Edition text]

ISBN:
9780261103597

Box Set (The Hobbit + The Lord of the Rings in a slipcase, above editions contained)
ISBN:
9780261103566



THE SILMARILLION

ISBN:
9780007523221


UNFINISHED TALES

ISBN: 9780261102163

THE CHILDREN OF HURIN

ISBN:
9780007252268

TALES FROM THE PERILOUS REALM

ISBN:
9780007280599

THE LEGEND OF SIGURD AND GUDRUN

ISBN:
9780007317240



THE FALL OF ARTHUR

ISBN:
9780007557301



BEOWULF

ISBN:
9780007590094


THE STORY OF OF KULLERVO [no cover art yet, but expect it to be a variation of the hardback artwork]

ISBN:
9780008131388

And those are all of them! These will give you a 'uniform' set, of all the same height dimensions so they'll 'line up' on your shelf. With The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and The Fall of Arthur being black paperbacks, that 'reflects' the fact that those books are black, un-jacketed, in their hardback formats.

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