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u/briang1339 · 3 pointsr/lotr

(sorry I don't know how to compact links) This is the one I bought awhile ago. If you want a high quality set, this is a great one. This is not one that is built for being lugged around, but it is doable. I really love the Alan Lee illustrations, it is one of the big selling points. There are a good amount, and they are full colored and take up a whole page. The print is great and the set looks great. A very good set. However, they are pretty heavy

u/GondorLibrarian · 7 pointsr/lotr

Unfortunately, there's not really one standard way to learn Tolkien's languages, so some courses disagree with each other, and it's important to watch out for what the author of any given course decided vs. what Tolkien intended.

That being said, I'm a huge fan of Ardalambion – the Quenya courses they have are fantastic, though a bit dense with linguistic concepts (but he teaches terminology as he goes, and the ideas are worth knowing).

For Sindarin, I've had some good experiences with Your Sindarin Textbook but it's not nearly as detailed or as easy to follow. You may also hear about David Salo's Gateway to Sindarin. Salo's the linguist who worked on the Jackson movies – his work is good if you're looking for movie Sindarin, but it's pretty non-standard regarding the Sindarin of the books.

Of course, there's also /r/Quenya and /r/Sindarin, both of which have excellent resource lists.

u/Ghost_K · 1 pointr/lotr

As far as collectibles go, check out Noble Collection's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit pages.

As for a really nice book, my favourite copy to read is this one because it is very comfortable to hold and easy on the eyes. I wish I owned my own copy of that. As far as collectible, this one is pretty epic.

u/Windbeutel1337 · 0 pointsr/lotr

I would say they are all not good.
I recently bought and it's technically the best.
It's cheap, has neat design and the best text quality.
If you want a higher quality edition, buy something else, but if you want a nice edition which isn't only for show in your regal, it's the best.

Viel Spaß!

u/westernwolf · 2 pointsr/lotr

Not in medical school so I suppose I'm "normal".
My best advise would be to skip the Ainulindalë and Valaquenta, the first part of the book. This is the section that reads like The Bible, and move onto The Quenta Silmarillion. After the Quenta Silmarillion, you may find Ainulindalë and Valaquenta easier to follow. As well as the encyclopedia that coolaswhitebread recommended, I found The Atlas of Middle-Earth to be both fascinating and essential to understanding where everything was taking place.

u/PotViking · 3 pointsr/lotr

Not the best, but certainly pretty! I got this from my Reddit Secret Santa this year and I fucking love it.

u/mfranko88 · 1 pointr/lotr

For anybody generally interested in the LotR music, but not necessarily this idea of mine, there's a small underground scene across various LotR blogs, forums, etc. that specialize in following Shore's music (A Magpie's Nest is perhaps the most comprehensive of the fan sites), and there's even a book professionally analyzing the music for anybody truly nutty about the music. It's written in a way that's mostly accessible to non-musicians, although training/education helps.

u/scaliper · 3 pointsr/lotr

There's always Vilya(the prettiest of the Great Rings in my opinion), although rings could be misinterpreted ;)

Also, if she doesn't have it, may I recommend this gorgeous tome?

u/MattLikesMusic · 2 pointsr/lotr

It was on thinkgeek but it looks like they aren't selling it anymore for some reason (I used an old link because they don't display it on the site anymore). BUT I just found it on amazon, and for $20 off! Happy Holidays!

u/malicious_banjo · 2 pointsr/lotr

Depending on her level of interest, I'd suggest this hardcover copy of the Silmarillion

Even if she has one already, this one comes with a ton of illustrated pages; it's absolutely beautiful. Personally, I like to own hardcover editions of my favorite books.

u/Theoson · 2 pointsr/lotr

I got a great deal on Amazon. I love them, although the physical DVD boxset looks better than the normal plastic case the BluRays come in.

u/JoeSnyderwalk · 2 pointsr/lotr

It's from Karen Wynn Fonstad's wonderful The Atlas of Middle-earth. Highly recommended! It's not strictly canon, but very faithful and almost entirely free of conjecture.

u/ebneter · 3 pointsr/lotr

The 50th anniversary editions (paperback or hardback) are very good choices, with the best text available; there's also a recent "deluxe" edition in a semi-paperback that's a good value.

u/Elijahs-Wood · 1 pointr/lotr

Thank you! I totally would if I wasn't so emotionally attached to them haha

If you're up to spending a little money This is one of my favorite box-sets. Otherwise there are some others that are relatively inexpensive on amazon :)

u/wordsarepegs · 2 pointsr/lotr

To put it simply, yes. The blu-ray trilogy extended version is only $50 bucks from

edit: here's the link. I own it myself, great investment. It also has the most bonus features/footage out of any of the releases.

u/coolaswhitebread · 3 pointsr/lotr

There are Tolkien encyclopedias which I find helpful whenever I forget who certain characters are. Here's the best one in my opinion. It is also useful for lord of the rings, and when you just want to check up on some facts about the world of tolkien.

u/hot_exhaust · 16 pointsr/lotr

I wish I could but it was a gift a few years back - I just now got around to getting it framed!

Edit: /u/stupidpiscesguy has one and found an Amazon link for them if you'd like to purchase:

u/CaptainGibb · 1 pointr/lotr

This is probably the best-Robert Foster's guide was even approved by Tolkien:

Also this is probably the second best by J.E.A. Tyler:

Hope this helps

u/StupidPiscesGuy · 8 pointsr/lotr

Not OP but it looks like the same map I have...

I would love to have that frame though.

u/philthehippy · 2 pointsr/lotr

The Middle-earth 30 disc Bluray set has all the extras from not only the extended movies but also the bonus discs from the original theatrical releases. Annoyingly they don't include the theatrical versions in that box but it's worth every penny and the [THEATRICAL]( completes the collection.

u/-updn- · 1 pointr/lotr

I am currently reading the Millenium Edition which breaks the "trilogy" into 6 separate volumes. Each book in the trilogy as most people know it is actually comprised of two books. I think its really interesting to read it this way because you gain a different perspective on the story. And since each book is half as long you feel like you're accomplishing a lot more ;)

u/SuperDayv · 3 pointsr/lotr

Yep! Take a look at these:


The Hobbit


I believe they all exist in softcover since you'll probably want them all the same! I've never seen The Hobbit in that format in person though. They also have a few of his other books in the same style.

Good luck getting them!

u/JonnyShokker · 1 pointr/lotr

Does she have a Blu-Ray player? If so, the generic extended edition trilogy on Amazon is perfect as-is, and isn't ridiculously expensive.

Bonus link for The Hobbit extended trilogy box set if you're into that sort of thing:

u/rcubik · 5 pointsr/lotr

A good general resource is this site (particularly the 'links of interest' section if you're looking at the real world history). It should be more than enough if you're writing a typical high school paper or low level college paper. You'll probably need more for a hardcore research paper though.

I'm assuming your prior knowledge is pretty limited if you even think you can write much about Dwarvish or Black speech. Dwarvish has the most vague of grammar outlines less than a page of vocab, and Black Speech has less than that. You could talk about Elvish all day though.

If you're able to get your hands on A Gateway to Sindarin then half your paper is finished already. (Disclaimer, David Salo seems like a decent author and linguist to my amateur eyes, but he has a nasty habit of making educated guesses and treating them as fact. But as a general introduction to a complete beginner it's an amazing book.)

Other than that it's hard to recommend any singular sources that can help much beyond having complete familiarity with Tolkien's world and published books. Stay the hell away from lotr.wikia and related sites, but honestly Wikipedia itself gives a decent overview here. Just be sure to only get ideas from there and back them up yourself from the source material.

u/Wiles_ · 7 pointsr/lotr

I don't think The Hobbit won't help a whole lot with that. You could read The Silmarillion but that's even harder to read than The Lord of the Rings. If you really want to read The Lord of the Rings a companion book like this might be more helpful so you can lookup stuff as it's mentioned.

Or just don't worry about understanding everything. A lot of the stuff that gets mentioned isn't that important.

u/Dawnstar9075 · 1 pointr/lotr

I have this edition which comes with the Lord of the Rings as well. It's small but the text is very bold (sometimes a little too bold) and usually is easy to read. You can sometimes see what's on the other side of the page but it doesn't get in the way of reading.

u/Freetorun87 · 1 pointr/lotr

There are a few good books about on specific subjects. I'd recommend the Atlas of Middle Earth, I found it an excellent geographical companion a longside the Silmarillion, Hobbit and LotR.

u/CryptoCrafting · 10 pointsr/lotr

You can search "Lord of the Rings poster" on Amazon and find it as the second item. It's just over five dollars and free shipping:

I have it and it's awesome.

u/gooseyoustud · 3 pointsr/lotr

I use this one as my main reading copy. The binding on my copy is good, and despite its size it's pretty easy to read.

u/zgh5002 · 2 pointsr/lotr

I'm quite fond of this. I have the 50th anniversary hardcover but I don't take it with me. These look great and go right into my back without an issue.

u/mr_nicedude · 3 pointsr/lotr

I remember seeing this version on Amazon. Was considering getting it before deciding to get a split up version for more comfortable reading. It was a hard choice tho...looks beautiful.

And here’s a video of it in action!

u/chocolate_bread · 1 pointr/lotr

I like The Millenium Edition, which comes as a boxed set of seven hardback volumes.

It might be hard to find new, for under your budget, but it is a lovely collection.

u/megwach · 4 pointsr/lotr

They’re $22 on Amazon right now! Seems like a good reason to get a third set!

u/bullsknr · 1 pointr/lotr

I recently purchased this rather inexpensive set, and have greatly enjoyed them thus far. The printed paper is thicker, sturdier than my other sets, and the feel and look of the leather, or whatever it actually is, is quite to my liking. However, if you're going for something more ornate, this set I think is quite beautiful, though I cannot speak to more than is on the website.

u/1hx1b6a · 2 pointsr/lotr

Got the same one from Amazon only the other day! It's a really nice version isn't it? They do a matching box with The Hobbit and LotR as well.

u/felagund1204 · 1 pointr/lotr

Nice collection! My own modest collection has managed to take a couple feet of shelf space and I have been considering building a separate shelf for Tolkien.

I do have a question that I hope you could answer...

I've heard that the mass market paperback edition of Volumes I-V are riddled with errors and am currently seeking to replace those. Do you know if the hardback editions of Volumes VI-IX are better than the current paperback ones (ie. these)?

u/drogyn1701 · 1 pointr/lotr

Take it in small steps and re-read if you have the time. I'm someone who always comprehends better when I re-read things. Also having some maps handy is always a good thing. Plenty of maps available online but I also recommend getting The Atlas of Middle Earth.

u/Billy_Fish · 1 pointr/lotr

If you want something that is current and easy to carry around then this one is probably a good choice.

u/indyjones360 · 2 pointsr/lotr

50th anniversary is the best edition! I have it. It’s printed in the USA and is by far the most nostalgic and durable version for LOTR fans! Here is the link:

The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniversary Edition)

u/COSE22 · 1 pointr/lotr

I got the same set for as well! They are my favorite set that I have seen. Here it is on Amazon!

u/AydenHa · 1 pointr/lotr

I do, but I'm at work now. I'll let you know when I get home.

I should say, I purchased mine in March this year, paid about £40 for it via When you check now the set isn't available anymore directly from amazon, only used and from third party sellers. Furthermore, apparently prices have risen enormously. Here are links to the set:

I don't know what happened, but I'm sorry for suggesting this- I didn't know prices were that steep.

u/HeliumCan07 · 8 pointsr/lotr

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set I’m pretty sure this is the one

u/thornybacon · 2 pointsr/lotr

If he's a big fan of the books he might enjoy the Readers Companion:

The Atlas of Middle Earth:

or the LOTR related volumes of The History of Middle Earth:

u/italia06823834 · 3 pointsr/lotr

Worth every penny.

Really though. Its a great atlas.

u/star_boy2005 · 2 pointsr/lotr

I asked for the same thing a few years ago. My son did a bunch of research and they bought me this and this. They're gorgeous. The paper is a so rich feeling.

u/types-with_penis · 5 pointsr/lotr

Is this on I found the trilogy and the Reader's Companion but not both together. Haven't read the books yet so, this will be a nice addition.

u/LordBarley · 1 pointr/lotr

It's the 1-5 Box Set and the rest don't follow the same design. I know it seems really picky but I'd prefer an entire similar set. Thanks.

u/Eartz · 1 pointr/lotr

I think as far as maps go the Atlas of Middle-Earth is a good reference.

Even the "well known" part of middle earth doesn't look right on this map.

u/RealHonestJohn · 2 pointsr/lotr

Bought one on Amazon last month for 5.11 w/ free shipping. It's 5.47 now, comes in different colors too.

u/Mughi · 2 pointsr/lotr

You might look for a copy of this or of this. The Fonstad book is very good. The "Composite Pathways" map on pg 172-173 is exactly what you want.

u/scotsoe · 3 pointsr/lotr

I'm not sure, but those prices seem insane. I bought the Blu Ray Extended edition of all 3 for like $30 total, and it has, I think, the exact same content as the 2003 boxes (which I still have).

This is what I have, and the amazon page has a comparison of various box sets. Looks like it confirms that the Blu Ray has the same content

u/klraptor · 2 pointsr/lotr

You didn't say an age...but check out movie posters on amazon. They're pretty cheap. [This] ( one is a personal favorite, but you can look for others!

u/twoerd · 2 pointsr/lotr

This doesn't include the Hobbit (sorry), but this has 6 books + 1 for the Appendices, which means it has larger words, and each book isn't very big. As well, this is the way Tolkien originally split it up - the six books are

  • The Ring Sets Out
  • The Ring Goes South
  • The Treason of Isengard
  • The Ring Goes East (sometimes The Journey to Mordor)
  • The War of the Ring
  • The End of the Third Age (sometimes The Return of the King)

    These are Tolkien's original desired titles for the split. When they are published in 3 volumes, the way they usually are, the titles in the parentheses are used.

    If you want a higher quality version (but also more expensive) of pretty much the same thing, I'd advise the Millennium Edition
u/rakino · 5 pointsr/lotr

Atlas of Middle Earth

Unfinished Tales - Extra info on Gondor, Arnor, Rohan, Numenorean history, the Wizards, the Nazgul, Galadriel and Celeborn, etc. NB - This is actual Tolkien writing, not some amateur summary.

The Silmarillion - The complete history of setting, from the Creation, to the 'gods', Morgoth (Sauron's boss), the origins of the Elves, Humans and Dwarves. Has a great chapter called "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, which is basically the major points of the 3000 years leading up to LotR. NB - Actual Tolkien writing, but edited by Christopher Tolkien.

and of course:

The Lord of the Rings ! - Check out the appendices at the back of RotK for a bunch of extra lore material.

u/Rag3kniv · 2 pointsr/lotr

For anyone looking to get them:

Barnes & Noble: $38.84 (the link the OP posted). $33.83 (cheapest I saw, just ordered some from here). $58.76 (way more expensive, but perhaps shipping from would cost you more?).

u/lord_high_exchequer · 1 pointr/lotr

In case you're up to getting a book, I highly recommend David Salo's A Gateway to Sindarin. It's about $25 on Amazon.

u/Bioalign · 1 pointr/lotr

Okay, also I think I just found another set that looks tempting. I've heard a lot about the Alan Lee illustrated versions and was wondering if the illustrations make it all that better?

Also, I'm looking everywhere for where I can buy this one below but I can only find the picture.

u/Holy_Grail_Reference · 2 pointsr/lotr

If she gets into the books then get her something from the lore. If not, then look for something else IMHO. My top wants would be these:

u/Han_Shat_First · 4 pointsr/lotr

This is the version that I got: Lord Of The Rings Deluxe Edition

It contains the most recent and accurate version of the text. I like that it is all contained in the same volume, because I like to consult the Appendices as I read. The book is also bound in leather, and is very durable. It's thick, but small enough to be carried around for on the go reading.

u/ItsMeTK · 3 pointsr/lotr

How about this big trilogy box set of the versions illustrated by Alan Lee? Be warned, the books are pretty tall.

u/FaerieStories · 8 pointsr/lotr

It's pricey, and probably aimed at people with a certain level of understanding of music theory, but if you're interested in how Shore uses leitmotifs, there is no more in-depth analysis out there than this book.

I went to a book signing when it was released and met Mr Shore.

u/EyeceEyeceBaby · 5 pointsr/lotr

In addition to what /u/Willie9 said, I highly recommend Karen Wynn Fonstad's The Atlas of Middle-Earth. It's got all of the maps in that post as well as many others detailing various battles, journeys, and other historical events in Tolkien.

u/moondog548 · 2 pointsr/lotr

The books should include Tolkien's maps.

This is also a good book.

As for the characters it probably won't be as complicated as you think for The Hobbit and LotR. Both stories are travelling narratives so the relevant characters kinda come and go, such that when they're not around, you don't need to worry about them.

For maps and characters both it's really only The Silmarillion that's very complex. The others are novels, but the Sil is a history book.

u/space_toaster · 2 pointsr/lotr

Yes, this is the immensely researched (and Tolkien estate-approved) Karen Fonstad map from the Atlas of Middle Earth. The other map of Arda that sal30 linked to is actually derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's own early conception sketches, but Karen's maps can be consided the most up-to-date 'canon' representations.

u/Velmeran · 1 pointr/lotr

Karen Wynn Fonstad's The Atlas of Middle-Earth fits some of the bill. It's broken into sections for each age, some history of major events, locations. Plenty of maps and diagrams.

It's an extremely well respected book, but the two versions I'm aware of, neither we laid out in a landscape orientation.

u/ossie12345 · 1 pointr/lotr

I got them in a store here. But I was able to find these on Amazon. (I dont know if these are deliverable to you or how reliable this is though.)

u/lemontoga · 1 pointr/lotr

For anyone else who wanted these for themselves, you can get them on amazon here

u/wjbc · 16 pointsr/lotr

Christopher Tolkien actually drew the map based on his father's map, so there are at least two versions, the father's and the son's. And then there's this version from Tolkien-approved illustrator Pauline Baynes, which is essentially Christopher's with little illustrations added by Baynes. Karen Wynn Fonstad also published The Atlas if Middle-Earth, in which she created close-up maps of places like Helm's Deep or Minas Tirith, as well as maps of the entirety of Arda. I disagree with some of her maps, but she had to make choices based on incomplete and sometimes contradictory information from Tolkien. Finally, in Unfinished Tales Christopher Tolkien published a revised map of Middle-earth in the Third Age, correcting some of the errors in the original. I believe that replaced the original map in subsequent editions of The Lord of the Rings.

u/YoungZeebra · 1 pointr/lotr

If any one is looking to buy it, you can get it on amazon.

u/greenleaf547 · 6 pointsr/lotr
Here you go. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt edition, released just this year.

u/jjmessier · 1 pointr/lotr

perhaps late, but just came across your post/question

The set pictured is from "Houghton Mifflin Harcourt"
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

ISBN-10: 0544445783
ISBN-13: 978-0544445789

Available here

u/mikedust28 · 9 pointsr/lotr

25 bucks

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set

u/Thranduil_333 · 3 pointsr/lotr

You can pick this set up reasonably cheap on Amazon... The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Pocket Boxed Set

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/lotr

There are six books which make up the lord of the rings, usually arranged into three volumes or one collection.

u/Yurya · 1 pointr/lotr

My first time reading through it (I was 13 a the time) I couldn't follow what was happening. I then read this and the maps and summaries helped a lot. Alternatively there is Tolkien Gateway for more specific questions.

u/swissdude323 · 1 pointr/lotr

Here it is on, although seems slightly more expensive.

u/SuburbanStoner · 1 pointr/lotr

It's only 40$ for both the extended hobbit trilogy and extended Lotr trilogy in blue ray

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