“Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.” – JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings
Slipcased. The fantasy trilogy sequel The Hobbit. Signed and inscribed by Tolkien on a sheet laid-in, “If you would like a signature for “The Lord of the Rings”, you can stick this in with my good wishes, [signed] J.R.R. Tolkein, 20/6/73″. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Fellowship of the Rings, “First published in 1954” stated ; The Two Towers, “First published in 1954” stated; and The Return of the King, “First published in 1955” stated.
All three volumes rebound in magnificent full red Morocco (goatskin leather) binding, with lettering on spine in gilt, five raised bands to spine, all edges trimmed and gilded, inside dentelles in gilt, marbled endpapers, with the original cloth spine of books laid down at rear. Fold-out map at rear of each volume as issued. Jackets not present.
Details: Volume 3: Hammond’s revised variant three, with faulty wobbly type and signature mark “4” present at bottom of page number 49. Also with Hammond’s variant two, with closed gap “Men” on page number 281. (Hammond notes that all variants and priorities assigned to them are of manufacture only. They would have been published simultaneously.) The three-volume set is housed in a handsome red cloth slipcase.
J.R.R. Tolkien was a hugely celebrated fantasy author who has unrivaled significance in the genre of high fantasy. He is considered to be the father of the modern fantasy. Tolkien had a gift for other world development which is best exemplified in the rich environment of Middle-earth which his most revered works take place.
As both a student and a professor, Tolkien was immersed in the academics of literature. Whether it be during his tenure as a professor from 1925-1959 at the University of Oxford, or as a member of the Inklings, Tolkien’s life was a celebration of the written word.
The Inklings were an informal group of authors, academics and general literary enthusiasts from the University of Oxford who celebrated and encouraged the authorship of fantasy as well as other works of narrative fiction. During his time with the Inklings, Tolkien spent much time with fellow fantasy luminary C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia).
Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as the prequel The Hobbit were adapted into major motion pictures starting in 2001. Directed by Peter Jackson, the trilogy was a feat of cinematography using the gorgeous landscape of New Zealand to bring Middle-earth to life.