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Postby Adam Linton » 21 Aug 2008, 02:29

Tuke wrote:Jack's Spenser's Images of Life, well, everything Jack ever wrote about Spenser, including The Allegory.


The reason that I didn't mention Images of Life here is because it's one hard volume to find. Been out of print for a long time; a posthumous work from Lewis' Spenser lectures. Getting my own copy took some doing (and some money, too.) Glad to hear that you have it.

And of course, some Lewis essays here and there, as well.

My congregation has an on-going literature and faith study group (which I lead). A year and a half ago, we worked through Booke One--Red Crosse Knight. Only a couple of us had read The Faerie Queene previously. I was surpised (happily) at how much and well people connected with it. Every session included our reading portions to one another.
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Postby Tuke » 21 Aug 2008, 12:31

It's like Frederick Douglass; every page is filled with the Gospel.
I don't own it. I borrowed it from interlibrary loans. :read:
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Postby repectabiggle » 21 Aug 2008, 14:19

Wait, Spenser's Images of Life is hard to find? I must just have gotten lucky, then. I see it's going for upwards of $40US out there right now. My wife got it for me at $25 back in April 2007 (for my birthday in May). I guess that's still a lot for such a little book (and paperback), but it was fine quality. What did you pay, Adam, if I may ask?

I haven't stepped foot in a library in ten years or more. It's funny, I just don't read books that I'm not going to like, generally. I've always been good at picking them; same with movies. Anyway, I'm sure you all want to hear more about my luck. . . Well, the thing is I figure any book worth reading is worth having, and I don't really spend money on anything else. Am I the only one like this?
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Postby bruce n h » 21 Aug 2008, 16:11

Hello,

In answer to the original question, I have:

The Hobbit (paperback and hardback editions)
LotR (3 volume paperbacks, single volume paperback, 3 volume hardback)
Silmarillion (paper and hard)
Unfinished Tales (paper)
History of Middle Earth series volumes 1-11 (hardback) <- I kind of petered out and haven't read the last couple of these and never bought volume 12
Tolkien Reader
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo
Letters of JRR Tolkien

Secondary literature (I used to have more, but after several moves have pared down my library some):
J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
Atlas of Middle Earth
JRR Tolkien, Artist and Illustrator
The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-Earth

Oh, and I have the Peter Jackson movies and the Bakshi LotR cartoon on DVD. Also the Hobbit and the LotR are on my iPod, as is the BBC radio play of the LotR.

Finally, at one point I started a huge project to recreate the LotR in LEGO format. Rather than hijack this thread, I'll post that seperately.

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Postby A#minor » 22 Aug 2008, 00:58

Oh yeah! I forgot I have Greg and Tim Hildebrandt: The Tolkien Years with all their calendar illustrations, including a poster of the Nazgul.

And I have the BBC audio book dramatization of Lord of the Rings on CD.
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Postby Adam Linton » 22 Aug 2008, 01:17

repectabiggle wrote:Wait, Spenser's Images of Life is hard to find? I must just have gotten lucky, then. I see it's going for upwards of $40US out there right now. My wife got it for me at $25 back in April 2007 (for my birthday in May). I guess that's still a lot for such a little book (and paperback), but it was fine quality. What did you pay, Adam, if I may ask?


I guess that's the thing about used, out of print books. Unpredictable availability. It was several years ago, so I'm not that sure--but I think that it was around $35, counting the shipping. And it was very fine quality..."almost new." Doesn't sound like I did that badly.
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Postby repectabiggle » 22 Aug 2008, 20:09

Adam Linton wrote:I guess that's the thing about used, out of print books. Unpredictable availability. It was several years ago, so I'm not that sure--but I think that it was around $35, counting the shipping. And it was very fine quality..."almost new." Doesn't sound like I did that badly.


No, you're right--sounds like you did pretty well. Sorry to threadjack the Tolkien library thread, BTW.

Oh, speaking of Tolkien, I've been reading the works of the Pearl Poet over the last couple of weeks. In the original, that is, but I may get Tolkien's translations later. I assume they're good. So far I've read Pearl and I'm almost done with Cleanness. The latter sure can be boring at times. If it weren't for the fun of the language, I can't imagine I'd even finish it.
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Postby Tuke » 23 Aug 2008, 17:54

Isn't the Pearl about the death of the poet's daughter? He then has to sanctify with patience. . . , no?
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Postby repectabiggle » 23 Aug 2008, 18:36

Tuke wrote:Isn't the Pearl about the death of the poet's daughter? He then has to sanctify with patience. . . , no?


I actually hadn't looked at any criticism on the poem, so I didn't realize anybody had put forth the theory that the pearl was the poet's daughter. Having read the poem cold, I don't see that she is, and the obvious influence of Dante's scenes in the Earthly Paradise at the end of the Purgatorio make it doubtful that she could have been his daughter, I think.

At any rate, he meets the pearl (who before the dream vision was merely an actual pearl but is now a beautiful, brightly-clad woman), and she gives him some religious instruction and then shows him the Heavenly Jerusalem. Good stuff if you like that sort of thing (I do).
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Postby Tuke » 24 Aug 2008, 17:13

I think I got that from the editor's commentary or introduction, but it's been a couple years since I read it.
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Postby ainulindale » 06 Sep 2008, 21:26

The Hobbit
Lord of the Rings
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
The Tolkien Reader
The Silmarillion
Mr Bliss
The Letters of JRRT
The Father Christmas Letters
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

and my current favorite:

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Postby sunbear » 25 Nov 2008, 22:09

My list is not particularly impressive, but I don't want those of us who only have a few to be under represented!

My wife and I each have our own copy of the Lord of the Rings series plus the hobbit. The number of books and movies we had in common was one way we knew we were right for each other...hey, we met at a book discussion group...what can I say!

In addition to that, we have one copy of The Annotated Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and The Children of Hurin. I also own a book called Christian Myth Makers that mentions Tolkien. I have tried to read the Annotated Hobbit through like a book before, but I always get bogged down in the little asides and therefore simply use it as a resource.

It's a humble Tolkien collection, but you have to start somewhere. Our Lewis section though, well...that's another story :)
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Re: Tolkien library comparisons

Postby JDMalament » 20 May 2010, 14:19

Adam Linton wrote:It's time, I think for some renewed Wardrobe attention to J. R. R. T.

Accordingly, I invite a Tolkien library comparison.?

Here is my collection, thus far:

The Hobbit [Hardcover Collector's Edition]
The Hobbit [Paperback]
The Lord of the Rings [Hardcover Collector's Edition]
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [Paperback]
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [Paperback]
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [Paperback]
The Silmarillion [Hardcover]
Unfinished Tales: The Lost Lore of Middle Earth [Paperback]
The Tolkien Reader [Paperback]
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo [Paperback]
The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays [Paperback]
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien [Paperback]

The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection [4 CDs]

Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-Earth
Peter Gilliver, et al., The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary
Marjorie Burns, Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-Earth
Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

I also own the extended editions of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

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