A Tolkien Collection

9:39 am

Yes, that is half a bottle of prosecco in the background that I forgot to move.

If I'm ill for a prolonged amount of time, I'll rewatch the Lord of the Rings trilogy. If it's Christmas, I'll rewatch the Lord of the Rings trilogy. If I'm procrastinating, I'll rewatch the Lord of the Rings trilogy. There's an odd comfort in that series for me, perhaps reminding me of my teenage years when I first watched them, perhaps the enveloping nature of such a well-built fantasy world that removes you from your reality (and the near-hundreds of hours I spent playing Lord of the Rings Online when I was supposed to be revising for my A Levels). I realised the other day that I do not own all three books of the trilogy (sorry), but I do own a ridiculous amount of additional material for someone who isn't well-versed in the literary versions of these stories. Reading the series is on my neverending list of things to do in 2017, but I thought today I would show off my lovely little collection of Tolkien literature. 

Tolkien: A Dictionary by David Day - This was a Waterstones gift card purchase, (faux?) leather-bound, with beautiful illustrations throughout. It really does feel like a book from another world.

The Shaping of Middle-Earth by J. R. R. Tolkien - I don't care what fantasy world it is, I always want the backstory. I always want to know how it was made, who the gods are, some sort of timeline of creation, the history that shaped it. That's probably why I love the Legend of Zelda series so dearly. This was a pre-work Amnesty purchase, which you can hear more about here.

And then for Christmas from my family Secret Santa I got the one present to rule all presents...

The Tolkien Treasury including The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Farmer Giles of Ham, Roverandom, and Smith of Wootton Major by J. R. R. Tolkien - This is the most gorgeous little set (quite literally, they are adorably small books) of Tolkien literature, complete with illustrations, maps, and notes on the creation of their stories and their amendments over time. If you know a Middle-Earth fan, this would be a wonderful present for them as it both looks good and contains all of the fantasy information their brain could possibly handle.

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