Title: The Children of Hurin/The Silmarillion/The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
A unique set of never before collected deluxe editions in original publishers slipcase.Limited to 500 pieces only.Since the 50th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings in 2004, HarperCollins has published a series of new deluxe editions of the principal Tolkien works The series is completed in November this year with the release of The Silmarillion to commemorate the 30th aA unique set of never before collected deluxe editions in original publishers slipcase.Limited to 500 pieces only.Since the 50th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings in 2004, HarperCollins has published a series of new deluxe editions of the principal Tolkien works The series is completed in November this year with the release of The Silmarillion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of that book s original publication.For the first time ever, you can buy the complete collection of four books as a set All four books are quarterbound in textured paper in a slipcase with a curved edge and are embossed with Tolkien s own motifs on the books The books have sewn bindings, silk ribbon markers, and include a number of exclusive features unique to these editions This collection is double slipcased a matching slipcase houses the four individual slipcased editionsThe books that make up the collection all in mint unread condition, still in shrinkwrap The Hobbit 2004 1st edition 1st impressionFeatures Tolkien s drawing of the dragon Smaug embossed in gold and red foil on the case This is the only edition of The Hobbit to feature all 13 of Tolkien s own illustrations for the book reproduced in full colour, together with his original maps reproduced as he originally intended but not previously achieved in nearly 70 years.The Lord of the Rings 2004 1st edition 2nd or 3rd impression differs between individual sets This 50th anniversary edition is embossed with Tolkien s Eye of Sauron design in two foils and features for the very first time the pages from the Book of Mazarbul, illustrations done by Tolkien and intended for inclusion in the famous Bridge of Khazad dum chapter but previously never used Also appearing are previously unpublished family trees and the two original fold out maps by Christopher Tolkien For this edition and for The Hobbit, the text was checked by Tolkien experts against the original first editions and manuscripts, and than 400 corrections were made to make this the most accurate and definitive version ever published.The Children of Hurin 2007 1st edition 1st impressionMatching The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this first edition deluxe printing of The Children of Hurin includes a ninth colour plate by Alan Lee not featured inside the standard hardback, with Hurin s golden helm designed by Alan Lee embossed on the cover.The Silmarillion 2007 1st edition 1st impressionPublished for its 30th anniversary, this newly reset edition of Tolkien s masterwork The Silmarillion features an exclusive full colour frontispiece The Halls of Manw painted by J.R.R Tolkien, the only scene from the book he painted, and is embossed with the delicate heraldic symbol he designed to represent Luthien, The Silmarillion s greatest heroine, which is also reproduced inside the book in colour This edition also includes Christopher Tolkien s two colour maps, including a fold out map of Beleriand, and as a Preface, Tolkien s original letter of 1951containing his account of the mythology of Middle earth.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army , philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959 He was a close friend of C.S Lewis.Christopher Tolkien published a series of works based on his father s extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about an imagined world called Arda, and Middle earth within it Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the word legendarium to the larger part of these writings While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the father of modern fantasy literature or precisely, high fantasy Tolkien s writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire field.In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945 Forbes ranked him the 5th top earning dead celebrity in 2009.Religious influencesJ.R.R Tolkien, was born in South Africa in 1892, but his family moved to Britain when he was about 3 years old When Tolkien was 8 years old, his mother converted to Catholicism, and he remained a Catholic throughout his life In his last interview, two years before his death, he unhesitatingly testified, I m a devout Roman Catholic Tolkien married his childhood sweetheart, Edith, and they had four children He wrote them letters each year as if from Santa Claus, and a selection of these was published in 1976 as The Father Christmas Letters One of Tolkien s sons became a Catholic priest Tolkien was an advisor for the translation of the Jerusalem Bible Tolkien once described The Lord of the Rings to his friend Robert Murray, an English Jesuit priest, as a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision There are many theological themes underlying the narrative including the battle of good versus evil, the triumph of humility over pride, and the activity of grace In addition the saga includes themes which incorporate death and immortality, mercy and pity, resurrection, salvation, repentance, self sacrifice, free will, justice, fellowship, authority and healing In addition The Lord s Prayer And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil was reportedly present in Tolkien s mind as he described Frodo s struggles against the power of the One Ring.
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