Christmas Gift Ideas for Lord of the Rings and Tolkien lovers - PART I (30.11.06 by Pieter Collier) - Comments

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Tolkien and Lord of the Rings Fans

Christmas shopping is something we all need to do, but how can you find an original gift? This year I'm going to make some nice suggestions, by creating two lists which will help you find a perfect gift for any Tolkien and Lord of the Rings lover or collector.
Part I will cover all items related to The Children of Hurin, the new book by J.R.R.Tolkien, and worldwide bestseller. Part II will cover other nice Tolkien collectables, books and perfect Christmas gifts.

It is always difficult to choose a nice gift for someone else. In the case of Tolkien lovers and especially the collectors, things can get even more difficult. How can you manage to find something that is not yet in his / her collection and how can you be sure the thing you buy is really special... and will be well appreciated. I'll get you on the road and make a little list of items which are new, unique or just nice gifts.

PART I - Gift idea: The Children of Hurin

For more than 30 years, fans worldwide have made the Tolkien Calendar a collector's item. Illustrated by some of the top Tolkien artists as well as the acclaimed author himself, it has become an annual tradition for aficionados everywhere.

The official Tolkien calendar and diary for 2008 will contain the finest watercolours by Alan Lee. These will be selected from The Children of Hurin. As usual these will be accompanied by numerous pencil sketches, many unique to this calendar.
This year's Tolkien diary is more sumptuous than ever, and is not only illustrated by Alan Lee, it has been designed by him, too, with the same care and attention to detail that has seen his work embraced by the Tolkien Estate, Peter Jackson and discerning fans around the world.

The content itself is particularly special, as it is inspired by a Tolkien work that is seeing print in its complete form for the very first time.
You enjoyed The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings? Then it is time to get The Children of Hurin, the first standalone tale of Middle-earth since 1977 – the complete version of Tolkien’s most dramatic tale.

The more than 30 new paintings and drawings by award-winning illustrator Alan Lee make this book really wonderful, and the tale is wonderful to read in this form.
Looking for something special? The deluxe edition will is housed in a custom built slipcase; it includes the cover painting of the hardback as an exclusive frontispiece; is decorated with a unique foiled motif created specially by Alan Lee for this edition; includes a silk ribbon marker; and is produced using superior materials and binding. It will be the perfect companion to deluxe editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
If you are not into reading then maybe you can listen to the Children of Hurin.
It is read by Christopher Lee (Saruman in The Lord of the Rings) over 7 CDs, and on an 8th CD Christopher Tolkien himself reads his preface and introduction!
The box contains Christopher tolkien's fold-out map from the book, plus a booklet of Alan Lee's colour illustrations, plus track listings. The CD covers also use a couple of Alan Lee paintings from the Hurin Calendar which are not in the book!
Low vision readers who find the regular type-size of The Children of Hurin difficcult to see will be pleased to know that this bestseller is also available in large print. Also other books by Tolkien have been released in tis way.

Still not satisfied and looking for the true special gift. Please visit the Tolkien Library Store. The It always has a large amount of rare and collectible Tolkien books up for sale. Here is a small selection of The Children of Hurin Related items currently available.

#000407 - The US 1st Edition of The Children of Hurin, with bookplate signed by Christopher Tolkien and Alan Lee. Includes bookmark and receipt from Barnes & Noble 4/17/2007. - $850.00
A very hard to find edition, with the signed bookplate. Don't expect to see many of these for sale, as most will end up in private collections.

> Enquire about this book
#000400 - The Children of Hurin, UK Deluxe Edition, With Full Page Drawing by Alan Lee, Signed and Dated - $2150.00
A very hard to find edition, with the signed bookplate. Don't expect to see many of these for sale, as most will end up in private collections.

> Enquire about this book

The books in the Tolkien Library Store always have a high collectible value and are of the finest on the market. Tolkien books available include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed / Numbered / Limited Editions.

Rare Tolkien items are also available, including books and letters signed by Tolkien, proof copies and books from Tolkiens personal library.

Not all items are on display here, so please do not hesitate to make requests about Tolkien books you are trying to find. Whatever you are looking to buy or sell, we will always try to help. Please choose the category of books you are interested in:

* Original cloth bindings
* Custom Cloth bindings
* Signed / Numbered / Limited editions
* Rare Tolkien items
* Other Tolkien collectables

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