How the hell is it October already?? It feels like I did my last collection haul last week. Anyway, let’s just get straight into the post.
I almost forgot to do this post! For some reason I thought April-July was three months, can’t tell you why I had that brain fart. The past few months have been very good to my collection, especially the book portion of it! Like I said in an earlier haul post, one day I’ll figure out how to nicely display everything but today is still not that day. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Forever upset that my tour with Red Carpet Tours is over, luckily I bought lots of souvenirs to help me remember it. Looking back I wish I bought more stuff, especially books! I have no idea how I managed to stop myself from buying more copies of LOTR and The Hobbit.
First group of items I bought were from the Hobbiton movie site store. The fact that I managed to spend only about $60 USD is a miracle. This was only the second day of the tour so I knew I had to pace myself, if I didn’t I would have easily spent all of my NZ budget. Kicking myself that I didn’t buy that two-volume edition of The Hobbit, that store was the only place I’ve seen it! Next time — that’s what I keep telling myself. So this is what I bought:
- The Hobbit cap – I never wear hats, but I bought this so I wouldn’t a get sunburn on my face. I gave it to my dad when I got home.
- Green Dragon mug – Every mug was different, the colors were never in the same exact spot which I loved.
- Green Dragon shirt – The back has some lyrics from the song.
- Hobbiton postcard – I should have bought more!
- Hobbiton Movie Set pen
- Hobbiton Movie Set bottle opener – I don’t drink often so I don’t see myself using this any time soon but it’s so pretty! Obviously I needed it.
- Hobbiton Movie Set magnet – I love that it’s made from wood.
I saw the extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies last night and….
SERIOUSLY, DON’T CLICK READ MORE UNLESS YOU WANT TO READ SPOILERS
July, August and September were pretty good to my Tolkien Collection! Got a nice mix of items, from books to a Gollum hat.
Here’s my first batch of books. Bought that copy of The Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Taylor at a book sale over the summer, I want to say it was $2? Too bad there dust jacket is missing. I had a difficult time finding the ISBN, but inside it says PR6039.032Z49 1976 828′.9’1209 76-5203. I guess that’s it?
I bought the grey copy of The Lord of the Rings (ISBN 978-0-544-27344-3) at Strand for $9 which was like winning the lottery because the original list price is $30 (NYC book shops usually aren’t that cheap).
I actually got that copy of The Silmarillion First American Edition at a free book exchange! I love free books and I really love free Tolkien books. I already had a copy but this one is in MUCH better condition. Continue reading
My collection grew quite a bit over the last three months, much more than I expected. Let’s get into it!
Back in April I posted an article on Middle-earth News about our Tolkien Collection Photo Challenge.
I created the challenge because I wanted to give people an incentive to post more of their collections. It doesn’t matter what you own or how much you own, it’s all about Tolkien love! I would always silently complain over the lack of posts for that hashtag because I wanted to see some pretty photos of books and movie merch! But since the challenge went live people have been using the tag a lot! I finished it a while ago, you can find the photos on my Instagram or you can just keep scrolling down because I put them here too.
My collection takes up one wall in my bedroom, and my room isn’t really big so it takes up a lot of space haha. I have three bookcases, the first is dedicated to books by Tolkien, the second is a little more diverse. It has my action figures, calendars, other misc movie merch, unfinished LOTR sets and on the bottom are books by other authors. The third has my magazines, film books, more misc items and board games.
This definitely isn’t the first item I added to my collection but it’s the first one I remember picking out myself. I went to a bookstore with my mom and basically begged her to get this for me and I remember bringing it with me to school the next day and thinking I was SO cool.
I always go back to reading from this book, it’s the one you always find in used bookstores haha. This is my “reading copy” of LOTR which means I allow myself to write/highlight in it.
I’m probably cheating because I didn’t personally splurge on this, my dad did. It was a Christmas gift about two years ago. Anyway, after doing some research I *think* these are first editions of #LOTR?? Instagram doesn’t allow links but there’s a post about them on my collection blog, mytolkiencollection.tumblr.com
This is my Gollum battle scale figure I got from a family friend many years ago. I always forget I own it! I keep it in its original box because if I didn’t I am pretty sure I’d lose it, haha.
I think one of my best deals was my Treebeard action figure. I got it a couple years ago at NYCC for $30 and I think that’s good because if you look it up online, people are selling it for pretty outrageous prices! I mean, $30 is still a good chunck of change, but it was my splurge item at the convention. At first I wanted to keep it inside the original packaging but in the end I decided to take it out.
I got these editions of The Hobbit and FOTR from my mom because she went on a trip to Croatia recently. It’s going to kill me that I will probably never finish this set of LOTR haha.
This was fun haha I tried to do this without using all books which was slightly difficult.
Definitely this Pringles container which I’m pretty sure I’ve posted about multiple times before, haha.
My silver One Ring replica from Jens Hansen is definitely one of my most cherished items EVER. I was lucky enough to win it in a giveaway a few years ago. I’m always too nervous to wear it out because I’m convinced I’d lose it!
Like everyone else, I don’t really feel guilty about anything in my collection, but I am a huge sucker for LOTR with movie covers.
There are A LOT of stuff I wish I had and one of them is a replica of Bilbo’s contract. The photo shows the one I have but what I’m talking about is the legit replica from Weta, the one that costs like $450.
I always forget I have this. I don’t even remember when I added this to my collection and I don’t even remember the last time I listened to it. I should change that soon!
The largest items I own are these LOTR posters for TTT and #ROTK. My dad gave them to me years ago and I have no idea why I asked him to take the TTT out of the frame *sigh* It’s also pretty roughed up on the corners because back when my pet rabbits were alive, I used it as a barrier sometimes haha and they chewed it a little. I should have taken better care of it! And the ROTK is still tucked safely behind the glass but as you can see, the glass has a huge crack on it. That actually isn’t safe I should maybe do something about that…
Every person’s collection and interests are different and it is wonderful to see all the diversity! But the one item I would definitely recommend to everyone is a one-volume LOTR. But remember, it’s your collection so collect what you want to collect!
I would of course take a nice pretty and small set of The Hobbit/LOTR (it counts as one!!), a journal to write down all of my adventures and my Frodo plush because it’s adorable. Btw I’m completely obsessed with that journal, makes me feel like Bilbo.
Technically I think my oldest item is my first U.S. edition set of LOTR which I used for day 4, so today I’ll go with these copies of TTT. One is hardcover and one is paperback. I’m not near them now but I think they came out in the 60s? 70s? I could be wrong.
It felt like it took me forever to finally get all the art books for LOTR, I finally got all of them last year. (The art of LOTR isn’t pictured)
Some time last year (I think) I was in Barnes & Noble and I was browsing The Hobbit section and felt like I really wanted to buy something, haha. So I picked up the location guidebook by #IanBrodie, it costs $20 and it was on my Amazon Wishlist and I thought, “okay I should probably support actual book stores more.” I really love this book but have only read a few pages so far, I’m going to have to read more soon!
I chose to show a bunch of stuff that were given to me from friends. They’re good people.
At the beginning of this year I decided to do Tolkien haul posts every three months and the first one was for October-December 2014. Well, it’s been about three months so it’s finally time for another haul post! I surprisingly have a lot of stuff to show you guys, I didn’t expect this. Here’s a photo of everything:
I spent way too much money at NYCC last year and I spend most of it at the Weta booth because of obvious reasons. One of the items I purchased was the Mirkwood Gaol Key that you can see in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I don’t own the key to Erebor, I was going to get that but I just really really love the design of the Mirkwood key. You can find it on Weta’s site here.
Today I realized that my birthday is actually not that far away – my birthday is on April 30. As many people do, I started to think about what gifts I would like to receive (they’re all Tolkien-related, no one is surprised). Obviously I don’t expect to get everything listed here, but it’s nice to daydream, right?
The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films by Doug Adams