One subject I wished to blog about, was upcoming Tolkien publications this year. I could have covered it in my books post, but I thought I should give it its own spot.
There are a few interesting items on the horizon, as well as events.
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of The Silmarillion. Presently, there isn’t a new edition planned (or
a republication of an older, etc), however that could happen in 2027 for its 50th.
I’m not too sure what else they can add, to be honest. I can see both The Hobbit and The Silmarillion getting an edition similar to the 60th
anniversary illustrated edition of The
Lord of the Rings. What I’d like to see in a future Silmarillion edition would be the sheet about the heraldry and
devices that was included in a Tolkien calendar from the ‘70s, and it was also
included in the white collector’s box that came out in ’99.
Most likely the biggest Tolkien publication this year is Beren and Luthien. At this point, because I haven’t seen the table
of contents, I can’t say exactly what the book will contain. What’s for
certain, though, is that it’s one of Tolkien’s original 3 ‘Great Tales’ edited
by Christopher Tolkien, and illustrated by Alan Lee. The others are The Children of Hurin (which came out in
2007, 10 years ago) and The Fall of
Gondolin. Here’s hoping that The Fall
of Gondolin will happen in this manner, as it will round out all the Great
Tales in that style. For Beren and
Luthien, there will be a deluxe edition published the same day as the
hardback and ebook. The 2018 Tolkien Calendar will also feature Alan Lee’s
artwork from Beren and Luthien.
Another item I’m looking forward to is 10th anniversary revised
edition of The Tolkien Companion and
Guide by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull. I’ve been on the lookout for
the original box set by Harper Collins, however, since it’s out of print, the
market place prices are crazy high. I believe around 2010-2013 was when it
caught my attention. However, this year, the two book set has been expanded. So
much so, that it will now be a three book set. If I’m not mistaken, the Reader’s Guide has expanded from one
book to two.
There doesn’t appear to be any sign [and by that I mean pre-order listing] for
a deluxe version of The Lay of Aotrou and
Itroun. The deluxe version of The
Story of Kullervo came out a year and a bit after the hardback and ebook
did; so I’m wondering if Harper Collins will do likewise with this one. Then
again, Beren and Luthien gets its
deluxe edition ‘same day’, so…. Aotrou
& Itroun is smaller / slimmer / thinner than Kullervo, so it may be possible that the book may be too small to
get produced or printed in the deluxe edition design and style. Anyway, at this
point, it’s not known if one will come [this year or ever.]. I check about once
a week, every week, but I’ll make a point to check around the half-way mark for
the year. If July or August rolls around and there’s no listing for it, then
there won’t be in 2017 [or…ever?], would be my guess.
For those who like paperbacks, it seems that The Hobbit illustrated by Jemima Catlin will be arriving later this
year (September), under the title “Colour Illustrated Hobbit”. I’m guessing because
paperbacks usually have black and white artwork etc, they wanted to specify. The Story of Kullervo will also be
coming out in paperback, in the “matching” size as the other Tolkien paperbacks
I usually don’t track ‘books about Tolkien’ but in August, The Song of Middle-earth by David Harvey is coming out in hardback….which
is a tad backwards, considering that the paperback came out last year. I am not
sure what it will feature [aside from the fact the book will be in hardback],
if anything. It could possibly be a
print-on-demand title offered from Tolkien.co.uk , the official Tolkien
For the time being, I believe that covers the notable Tolkien publications for
2017….that we know of at this point.