HarperCollins, 2014. Square calendar.
The Official Tolkien Calendar for 2015 features 12 paintings by the artist Mary Fairburn. These paintings were championed by Tolkien for an illustrated edition of The Lord of the Rings in the 1960s, and this is the the first time they have all been published.
Tying in with the 60th Anniversary of the original publication of The Lord of the Rings, this year’s Official Tolkien Calendar features the complete set of a dozen paintings by Mary Fairburn, whose correspondence with J.R.R. Tolkien in the 1960s came close to resulting in the first ever illustrated edition, until the publishers decreed that it would be too expensive.
Unseen for 50 years, Mary’s remarkable paintings are at last gathered together in this calendar, including three brand-new compositions commissioned especially for this publication. The calendar includes an insightful essay by Paul Tankard, which discussed the genesis of the paintings and Mary’s correspondence with the author.
The Official Tolkien Calendar has been an established publishing event for Tolkien fans and Hobbit collectors for the last four decades. Tying in with the diamond anniversary of The Lord of the Rings, the 2015 edition is a truly remarkable addition to the series, revealing some fascinating history about Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings.*
Players must search for the Lord of Lamedon's lost son while braving the haunted Blackroot Vale. As the sun sets and midnight grows ever closer, the Dead Men of Dunharrow stir and waken... 51 cards. GenCon 2013 exclusive.*
Players must protect Lake-Town from the legendary dragon Smaug. 51 cards. GenCon 2012 exclusive.*
Walking Tree, 2014. 1st edition. Paperback. Cover by Anke Eissmann.
"Tolkien and Philosophy" is a theme that has not yet been studied with the "philological" accuracy and the textual knowledge that are required to avoid squeezing the Professor's works inside conceptual frameworks that, rather than exposing their intrinsic value, risk losing both their profound meaning and their inherent beauty. What is the relationship between Tolkien's work and Philosophy? The question, if taken seriously, is by no means trivial. For these reasons we wish this book to become, in both method and content, an essential point of reference for anyone interested in better understanding the significant elements that sometimes link, sometimes divide, the "philologist" Tolkien from proper speculative philosophy.*
Table of contents
List of Publications by Allan Turner vii
Wolfram R. KellerGeoffrey Chaucer's Mind Games:Household Management and Aesthetics in the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women1
Andrew 'Chunky' ListonBurns's Bogles25
Julian EilmannRomantic World Building:J.R.R. Tolkien's Concept of Sub-creation and the Romantic Spirit37
Tom A. ShippeyJack Vance: Il ottimo fabbro57
Doreen TriebelStories that Last:Storytelling in Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents75
James FanningThursday Next, or: Metalepsis Galore – and More99
Thomas HoneggerFrom Faëry to Madness:The Facts in the Case of Howard Phillips Lovecraft113
Dirk VanderbekeThe Sub-creation of Sub-London:Neil Gaiman's and China Miéville's Urban Fantasy*
McFarland, 2014. 1st edition. Paperback.
Widely considered one of the leading experts on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Thomas Alan Shippey has informed and enlightened a generation of Tolkien scholars and fans. In this collection, friends and colleagues honor Shippey with 15 essays that reflect their mentor’s research interests, methods of literary criticism and attention to Tolkien’s shorter works. In a wide-ranging consideration of Tolkien’s oeuvre, the contributors explore the influence of 19th and 20th century book illustrations on Tolkien’s work; utopia and fantasy in Tolkien’s Middle-earth; the Silmarils, the Arkenstone, and the One Ring as thematic vehicles; the pattern of decline in Middle-earth as reflected in the diminishing power of language; Tolkien’s interest in medieval genres; the heroism of secondary characters; and numerous other topics. Also included are brief memoirs by Shippey’s colleagues and friends in academia and fandom and a bibliography of Shippey’s work.*
Younger brother of Dori and elder sibling to Ori, Nori the Dwarf’s stake in the Quest for Erebor has as much to do with leaving trouble behind as it does with seeking adventure ahead. Of all the Dwarves in the Company of Thorin Oakenshield, he is perhaps the most accustomed to sleeping under hedges and in caves, having found himself on the wrong side of the law more than he would likely confess. An opportunist with an eye for precious metal, bright stones and fine craftsmanship, Nori has lived on the keenness of his wits and deftness of his light fingers for many a year.
Now the roguish Dwarf has joined the Quest to reclaim the lost kingdom of Erebor. In the habit of looking after his own skin, Nori stands shoulder to shoulder with his brothers and the heir to the throne of Thror, fighting staff in hand, knives at the ready, and a handful of coins stuffed down his boots.
Weta continues the legacy of producing finely crafted, highly detailed 1/6 scale collectible polystone statues from Middle-earth. The essence of each character expertly captured in every piece.
Nori the dwarf was sculpted by Scott Spencer.Limited to 1000 copies.*
Cryptozoic Entertainment game. Play the role of Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin and the others in this epic The Hobbit Deckbuilding Game! The company is about to leave for Erebor! Each Hero has an unique skill to use in various strategies. Build your deck and collect Victory Points. Winner is the one with the most Victory Points.Contents:- 215 cards- 7 oversized Hero cards- rules
- and the bonus card Radagast
2-5 players of 15+. 30-45 minutes playing time. Can be played with The Lord of the Rings Deckbuilding games.*
The Aragorn Premium Format figure is a stunning 1:4 scale museum quality piece. Sword in hand, Aragorn stands 20 inches tall atop the display base, captured in the heat of the battle at Amon Hen. The body of each figure is cast in high-quality polystone, then hand-finished and hand-painted, and then dressed in an amazing miniature replica of the costume, constructed of real fabrics and leathers. The base is individually hand-numbered for authenticity.
This is the exclusive edition, with the alternative interchangeable left hand clutching his hunting knife. Limited to 850 numbered copies. This is number 709.*
The Moria Orc Premium Format figure is a stunning 1:4 scale reproduction. Standing 20 inches/50 cm tall atop the display base, the Moria Orc posed in the heat of the battle, ready to attack any man, hobbit, or wizard foolish enough to enter Moria. Each figure is hand-painted and hand-finished, and individually hand-numbered for authenticity. This stunning figure is an outstanding addition to any The Lord of the Rings collection
This exclusive version is limited to 750 copies. This is number 306. The exclusive version has a second head, with helmet.*
Bred in the pits of Orthanc by the wizard Saruman, Lurtz was among the first of a new race of orcs. Lurtz, captain amongst the Uruk-Hai, was tall, upright, strong and fearless, living to fight and kill. His mission was to hunt the Fellowship of the Ring, to seize the hobbits and to return them to his master. Lurtz and his band of Uruk-hai, all marked with the White Hand, attacked the Fellowship at Amon Hen. With brutal accuracy, Lurtz fired arrow after arrow into Boromir, and proved nearly as deadly an opponent with sword and shield battling against Aragorn. Neither pain nor fear could slow Lurtz, only death.
Lurtz is the inaugural piece in Sideshow Collectibles’ line of Premium Format Lord of the Rings figures. Captured mid-stride, Lurtz is intricately recreated in 1:4 scale stalking toward his intended prey. The sculpture perfectly conveys the malice and single-minded purpose of Lurtz’ attack on the Fellowship. The figure is a blend of polystone and leatherwork, utilizing the best materials available to recreate every detail, from the wrinkled surface of his thick hide to the brutish but effective Uruk-hai armor. Lurtz stands tall on an environmental display base, with a forest floor top surfacing, front nameplate, and edition size information printed on the base bottom.
Artist(s): Sculpted by Steve West, Fabrication in association with Greg Mowry of Geppetto Productions
Product Size: Including base: approx. 22.5" H (571 mm) x 10" W (254 mm) x 10" L (254 mm)
Limited to 1250 copies. This is number 886.*