West Virginia University Press, 2011. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued).
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HarperCollins, 2014. 1st edtion. Hardback (no dustjacket issued) in slipcase. Illustrated by Alan Lee.
A sumptuous new one-volume edition of Tolkien's classic masterpiece that is fully illustrated throughout in watercolour by the acclaimed and award-winning artist, Alan Lee, and housed in a special transparent slipcase. Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Well over 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collectors' editions become prized and valuable items of publishing. With the epic trilogy now an acclaimed, award-winning and billion-dollar success, images of the characters and landscapes have become iconic to a whole new generation of readers. Much of the look of these movies is based on Alan Lee's paintings, giving this sumptuous new edition of Tolkien's great work new relevance for the ever-growing number of fans. This new edition is housed in a special transparent slipcase and includes a brand new setting that features the definitive 50th anniversary text, which together with Alan's beautiful paintings provides the reader with the ultimate edition with which to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the work's first publication.*
HarperCollins, 2014. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued).
The ultimate celebration of the first two Hobbit movies reveals the culmination of the creative vision for the film through more than 500 previously unpublished photographs, plus exclusive interviews with the designers, cast and crew, written and designed by the team at Weta Workshop.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Cloaks and Daggers peers through the silver screen to examine the incredible efforts undertaken to create thousands of costumes, armour, weapons, props and set dressing elements for Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s adaptations of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Covering both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug , this lavish volume bulges with behind the scenes images, sumptuous photography and film stills. The films’ stars and the creative geniuses behind countless beautiful objets d’art share their insights and stories, revealing how it felt to craft, wield and wear these precious pieces of Middle-earth.
Researched and compiled by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer, with a foreword by Evangeline Lilly, playing Tauriel the Woodland Elf, and an introduction by costume designer Ann Maskrey, this is the definitive guide to the artefacts and sumptuous fabrics of The Hobbit film adaptations.*
HarperCollins, 2014. 1st edition. Quarter-leather bound. In slipcase. Limited.
The translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication.
This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made, to form also a commentary on the translation in this book.
From his creative attention to detail in these lectures there arises a sense of the immediacy and clarity of his vision. It is as if he entered into the imagined past: standing beside Beowulf and his men shaking out their mail-shirts as they beached their ship on the coast of Denmark, listening to the rising anger of Beowulf at the taunting of Unferth, or looking up in amazement at Grendel’s terrible hand set under the roof of Heorot.
But the commentary in this book includes also much from those lectures in which, while always anchored in the text, he expressed his wider perceptions. He looks closely at the dragon that would slay Beowulf ‘snuffling in baffled rage and injured greed when he discovers the theft of the cup’; but he rebuts the notion that this is ‘a mere treasure story’, ‘just another dragon tale’. He turns to the lines that tell of the burying of the golden things long ago, and observes that it is ‘the feeling for the treasure itself, this sad history’ that raises it to another level. ‘The whole thing is sombre, tragic, sinister, curiously real. The “treasure” is not just some lucky wealth that will enable the finder to have a good time, or marry the princess. It is laden with history, leading back into the dark heathen ages beyond the memory of song, but not beyond the reach of imagination.’
Sellic Spell, a ‘marvellous tale’, is a story written by Tolkien suggesting what might have been the form and style of an Old English folk-tale of Beowulf, in which there was no association with the ‘historical legends’ of the Northern kingdoms.*
HarperCollins, 2014. 1st edition. Hardback.
Weta. Depicting the scales of Smaug's skin. Embossed on a deep red leather bookmark.
This exquisite leather bookmark will last you a lifetime. It was made in Wellington, New Zealand from supple vegetable tanned cowhide. This is a natural product with unique colour and texture variations.
The seemingly impenetrable scales of the great dragon Smaug the Terrible would make any wearer feel a foot taller and brave beyond measure.
This exquisite leather cuff or arm band will last you a lifetime. It was made in Wellington, New Zealand from supple vegetable tanned cowhide. This is a natural product with unique colour and texture variations.
The cuff features one snap lock cap and two sockets, to fit two wrist sizes: 7.5 in (190mm) and 8.3 in (210mm). These are sturdy bronze coloured fasteners.
These cuffs are very tactile, beautiful to look at and have that irresistible smell of real leather.
Created by the same talented artists and craftsmen who created leatherwork for the 3 Foot 7 art department on The Hobbit movies.
The cuff features one snap lock cap and two sockets, to fit two wrist sizes: 7.5 in (190mm) and 8.3 in (210mm). These are sturdy brass coloured fasteners.
The brown leather is embossed with a scroll design that takes your mind to the windswept expanses of Rohan and the exquisite decor of Edoras and the Golden Hall that stand aloft overlooking the realm of the Rohirrim.
Created by the same talented artists and craftsmen who created leatherwork for the 3 Foot 7 art department on The Hobbit movies.*
his exquisite leather cuff or arm band will last you a lifetime. It was made in Wellington, New Zealand from supple vegetable tanned cowhide. This is a natural product with unique colour and texture variations.
The cuff features one snap lock cap and two sockets, to fit two wrist sizes: 7.5 in (190mm) and 8.3 in (210mm). These are sturdy chrome coloured fasteners.
The jet black leather is embossed with Dwarven Decorations such as one might find on pillars and in halls of Erebor or Moria or other Dwarven strongholds.