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"Goblin Feet" in: The Book of Fairy Poety (17/1)

First edition, 1920

Longman, 1920. 1st edition. Illustrated with 16 tipped-in colour plates (mounted on stiff grey paper, with tissue guards) and 16 line drawings. 180 pages. 25x19 cm. Edited by Dora Owen.

This sought-after fairy book is notable not only for its fantasy artwork by the Golden Age artist Warwick Goble, but also because it features the first illustrated appearance of "Goblin Feet" by JRR Tolkien. Originally published in "Oxford Poety 1915", the poem is here accompanied by a colour plate entitled "And the padding feet of many gnomes a-coming", which has the distinction of being the very first illustration to accompany any of Tolkien's published work - years before The Hobbit.

Warwick Goble (1862-1943) was a contemporary of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, specializing in fantasy subjects, particularly with Indian and Japanese themes. The son of a commercial traveller, he studied at the City of London School and at the Westminster School of Art. His best-known works include "The Water Babies" (1909), "Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales" (1910), as well as H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds (1898).

Dora Owen's rich selection of verse - seperated into three sections: "Fairy Stories", "Fairy Songs, Dances, and Talk", and "Fairyland and Fairy Lore" - included contributions from writers such as Walter de la Mare, Michael Drayton, Florence Harrison, Robert Herrick, Tom Hood, Ben Jonson, John Keats, Andrew Lang, William Allinson, John Milton, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred Lord Tennyson, W.B. Yeats, Sir Walter Scott, a.o.

Scare in any condition - here particularly well preserved for age, complete with the rare dust jacket.

Condition:

Contents crisp, very clean. Usual age-toning to paper, one or two foxing spots, one tissue guard with a little creasing, one plate with small corner crease (not very noticeable), one plate with tiny surface chip, one or two pairs of gathering stretched, one pair of leaves clumsily opened (with ragged edges), small gift inscription to first (blank) page, untrimmed (exposed) page edges and corners with usual bumping, creasing, a few small nicks. Endpapers with usual offsetting, a little foxing; both free endpapers with creasing. Top of page block with foxing, a litte scratching, some loss of colour. Binding tight. Boards and spine very clean, as shown, with bumping, rubbing and wear to extremities, softening to corners; spine with a little discoloration plus glue-repaired tear (see scans). Dust jacket as per images, with creasing, discoloration, soiling, tears and wear; spine with some loss, previously seperated from front and back panels (now glue-repaired, with paper reinforcement to reverse of spine area); supplied in removable archival sleeve.*

Beowulf. The Monster and the Critics. 1936

1st edition

Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture British Academy. Oxford University Press, 1936. Publication with Tolkien's famous lecture. Just 500 copies printed. Antiquarian: fine condition, unusual for this publication. The edges of the pages are rough (as in all copies) for the block was not cut. Binding tight, with only slight paper loss on top and bottom. Some browning to the pages, but very clean. Slight crease in the title page.*

Linguaphone Conversational Course English. 1930 (French)

Tolkien's first recording!

Linguaphone Conversational Course English 

See christina Scull and Wayne Hammond's J.R.R. TOLKIEN Companion and Guide: Reader's Guide on page 882. The oldest recording of Tolkien, made in June 1930 Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien speaks at the Twentieth Lesson - "At the Tobacconist's" and the Thirtieth Lesson - "Wireless".

Here is a rare and absolutely special plywood box covered with black cloth, it measures 27,5 x 27.5 x 6.8 cm and consists of fifteen 78 rpm LP's.


The fifteen Records are in brown paper jackets on which advertisements for other Linguaphone courses are printed. The printings alternate black and red.

On the records we can read:
English Lesson 20 AT THE TOBACCONIST'S / Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien Prof.A. Lloyd James
English Lesson 30 WIRELESS / Prof. A.Lloyd James Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien

Tolkien received an invitation,which no doubts he gladly accepted, for he could use the money. He reads the introduction to lesson 20 "At the Tobacconist" and plays the shopowner in de following dialogue with Lloys James as the customer. In Lesson 30 "Wireless" Tolkien plays the part of the proud owner of a radio set who explains to a visitor (Lloyd James again) how great this invention is (somewhat untypical Tolkien...)

Antiquarian: records are in fine condition, the box is rubbed. Complete with all the course booklets in French and English. This one has the original bill as well!.*

Linguaphone Conversational Course English. 1930 (Dutch)

Tolkien's first recording!

Linguaphone Conversational Course English 

See christina Scull and Wayne Hammond's J.R.R. TOLKIEN Companion and Guide: Reader's Guide on page 882. The oldest recording of Tolkien, made in June 1930 Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien speaks at the Twentieth Lesson - "At the Tobacconist's" and the Thirtieth Lesson - "Wireless".

Here is a rare and absolutely special plywood box covered with black cloth, it measures 27,5 x 27.5 x 6.8 cm and consists of fifteen 78 rpm LP's.


The fifteen Records are in brown paper jackets on which cartoons from various nations.

On the records we can read:
English Lesson 20 AT THE TOBACCONIST'S / Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien Prof.A. Lloyd James
English Lesson 30 WIRELESS / Prof. A.Lloyd James Prof. J.R.R.Tolkien

Tolkien received an invitation,which no doubts he gladly accepted, for he could use the money. He reads the introduction to lesson 20 "At the Tobacconist" and plays the shopowner in de following dialogue with Lloys James as the customer. In Lesson 30 "Wireless" Tolkien plays the part of the proud owner of a radio set who explains to a visitor (Lloyd James again) how great this invention is (somewhat untypical Tolkien...)

Antiquarian: records are in fine condition, the box is rubbed, with the locks rusted. Complete with all the course booklets in Dutch and English.*

Tolkien: Voyage en Terre du Milieu

Album de l'exposition

BNF, 2019. 1st printing. Large paperback. Profusely illustrated with photo's and colour illustrations from Tolkien's watercolours, manuscripts and maps, on view at the highly acclamed exhibition in Paris. This is not the full catalogue, but the highlights. With an introduction by the director of the BNF. In French.*

Pippin Mini Epic (14/1)

 

Weta 3051, 2019. Height: 5"/11 cm. In a giftbox.*

Merry Mini Epic

 

Weta 3050, 2019. Height: 5"/11 cm. In a giftbox.*

Toby Widdecombe, JRR Tolkien (12/1)

A Guide for the Perplexed

Bloomsbury, 2020. 1st edition. Paperback.

With his richly detailed world of Middle-earth and the epic tales he told around it, J.R.R. Tolkien invented the modern fantasy novel. For readers and students getting to grips with this world for the first time, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Guide for the Perplexed is an essential guide to the authors life and work. The book helps readers explore: · Tolkiens life and times · Tolkiens mythical world · The languages of Middle-earth · The major works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings · Posthumously published writings from The Silmarillion to the recently discovered The Fall of Gondolin With reference to adaptations of Tolkiens work including the Peter Jackson films, notes on Tolkiens sources and surveys of key scholarly and critical writings, this is an accessible and authoritative guide to one of the 20th centurys greatest and most popular writers.*

Mark Doyle, Utopian and Dystopian Themes in Tolkien's Legendarium

Lexington, 2020. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued).

Utopia and Dystopia in Tolkien's Legendarium explores how Tolkien's works speak to many modern people's utopian desires despite the overwhelming dominance of dystopian literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It also examines how Tolkien's malevolent societies in his legendarium have the unique ability to capture the fears and doubts that many people sense about the trajectory of modern society. Tolkien's works do this by creating utopian and dystopian longing while also rejecting the stilted conventions of most literary utopias and dystopias. Utopia and Dystopia in Tolkien's Legendarium traces these utopian and dystopian motifs through a variety of Tolkien's works including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, Book of Lost Tales, Leaf by Niggle, and some of his early poetry. The book analyzes Tolkien's ideal and evil societies from a variety of angles: political and literary theory, the sources of Tolkien's narratives, the influence of environmentalism and Catholic social doctrine, Tolkien's theories about and use of myth, and finally the relationship between Tolkien's politics and his theories of leadership. The book's epilogue looks at Tolkien's works compared to popular culture adaptations of his legendarium.

John Bowers, Tolkien's Lost Chaucer (11/1)

OUP, 2019. Hardback. Illustrated.

Tolkien's Lost Chaucer uncovers the story of an unpublished and previously unknown book by the author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked between 1922 and 1928 on his Clarendon edition Selections from Chaucer's Poetryand Prose, and though never completed, its 160 pages of commentary reveals much of his thinking about language and storytelling when he was still at the threshold of his career as an epoch-making writer of fantasy literature. Drawing upon other new materials such as his edition of the Reeve's Tale and his Oxford lectures on the Pardoner's Tale, this book reveals Chaucer as a major influence upon Tolkien's literary imagination.*

Defrom Real Balrog (10/1)

 

The Deform Real series, from Star Ace, ventures into The Adventures of Middle-earth. The Balrog dwells beneath the earth, one of Sauron's evil servants from a forgotten age. In The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, the wizard Gandalf faces the Balrog to protect the fellowship from certain doom. The Deform Real Balrog stands just about 6 inches/16 cm tall and features a stylized sculpt with an oversized head.*

Defrom Real Balrog - deluxe version

 

The Deform Real series, from Star Ace, ventures into The Adventures of Middle-earth. The Balrog dwells beneath the earth, one of Sauron's evil servants from a forgotten age. In The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, the wizard Gandalf faces the Balrog to protect the fellowship from certain doom. The Deform Real Balrog stands just about 6 inches/16 cm tall and features a stylized sculpt with an oversized head.

The Deluxe version of the Balrog features a diorama display base and a miniature Gandalf.*

Funko Gandalf on Gwaihir

 

6"/15 cm high. In a gift box.*

Aragorn at Amon Hen 1/6 scale (18/12)

Weta, 2019. Limited to 400 copies.

ARAGORN AT AMON HEN


Unveiled for the first time at Emerald City Comic-Con 2019, Weta Workshop is proud to present Aragorn at Amon Hen. This 1:6 scale polystone marries traditional hand-crafted techniques with modern technology to create an ever-more exacting piece.


BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT WETA WORKSHOP


Senior sculptor Daniel Cockersell was charged with recreating this climatic moment as a collectible. Daniel worked in clay, using traditional techniques to develop the figure’s dynamic pose. To embody the collectible with the same sense of urgency felt in the scene, Daniel ensured Aragorn is fully armed and in full pursuit of his enemy.


The robes of Aragorn billow out as he races towards Lurtz with sword and Elven hunting knife in hand. Using the original costume as reference, Daniel created a film-accurate representation of the character- even taking care to add hundreds of individual stitches throughout Aragorn’s costume.


The final and most crucial step was to create Aragorn’s facial features. To capture an extreme likeness, Daniel had the benefit of the original face cast of actor Viggo Mortensen, taken at Weta Workshop during the production of The Lord of the Rings. For the sculpture, the face cast was scanned by the Workshop’s 3D Department, then converted into a digital model. From here, Daniel worked digitally to develop Aragorn’s intense expression.


Senior painter Jules German drew on his knowledge of painting prosthetics to bring Aragorn to life. The result is an exacting likeness of the character in polystone, frozen in time in this most highly charged of moments from The Fellowship of the Ring.


Aragorn joins Boromir and Lurtz at the Battle of Amon Hen.

Gollum Motion Activated Speaking Magnetic Figure

The Return of the King

This 4"/10 cm high hard plastic Golluem has moveable arms and head. With an activation sensor to make him say "Filthy little hobbitsis" and "My Precious!" (requires a battery). His is magnetic as well, so he stick to -for instance- a fridge door. They were sold (not given away) by KFC in Great Britain in 2003. Comes complete with packaging and leaflet.*

Gollum Return of the King button (17/12)

Oblong button, released in 2003, to promote the upcoming release of The Return of the King on DVD and VHS.*

Gollum square coaster

Square plexi-glass coaster with Gollum.3.5x3.5"/9.5x9.5 cm.*

Gollum air freshener

The Return of the KIng

Square air freshener to hang in your car with Gollum on both sides.*

Gandalf Collector's CD Cardz

The Fellowship of the Ring

CD-rom with images, trailer, game and character bio. In blister.*

Invitation Gala Premiere The Return of the King

The official invitation to the gala premiere of The Return of the King at the Shaw Lido (Singapore) On December 15, 2003. The fold-out booklet contains a film cell with Aragorn and Gandalf.*

Jamie Williamson, The Evoltution of Modern Fantasy

Palgrave, 2015. 1st edition. Paperback.

In this comprehensive study, Williamson traces the literary history of the fantasy genre from the eighteenth century to its coalescence following the success of Tolkien's work in the 1960s. While some studies have engaged with related material, there has been no extended study specifically exploring the roots of this now beloved genre.*

Lisa Coutras, Tolkien's Theology of Beauty

Palgrave, 2017. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued).

 In this book, Lisa Coutras explores the structure and complexity of J.R.R. Tolkien’s narrative theology, synthesizing his Christian worldview with his creative imagination. She illustrates how, within the framework of a theological aesthetics, transcendental beauty is the unifying principle that integrates all aspects of Tolkien’s writing, from pagan despair to Christian joy.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Christianity is often held in an unsteady tension with the pagan despair of his mythic world. Some critics portray these as incompatible, while Christian analysis tends to oversimplify the presence of religious symbolism. This polarity of opinion testifies to the need for a unifying interpretive lens. The fact that Tolkien saw his own writing as “religious” and “Catholic,” yet was preoccupied with pagan mythology, nature, language, and evil, suggests that these areas were wholly integrated with his Christian  worldview. Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty  examines six structural elements, demonstrating that the author’s Christianity is deeply embedded in the narrative framework of his  creative imagination. *

Jance Chance, Tolkien, Self and Other

"this Queer Creature"

Palgrave, 2019. 1st edition. Paperback.

This book examines key points of J. R. R. Tolkien’s life and writing career in relation to his views on humanism and feminism, particularly his sympathy for and toleration of those who are different, deemed unimportant, or marginalized—namely, the Other. Jane Chance argues such empathy derived from a variety of causes ranging from the loss of his parents during his early life to a consciousness of the injustice and violence in both World Wars. As a result of his obligation to research and publish in his field and propelled by his sense of abjection and diminution of self, Tolkien concealed aspects of the personal in relatively consistent ways in his medieval adaptations, lectures, essays, and translations, many only recently published. These scholarly writings blend with and relate to his fictional writings in various ways depending on the moment at which he began teaching, translating, or editing a specific medieval work and, simultaneously, composing a specific poem, fantasy, or fairy-story. What Tolkien read and studied from the time before and during his college days at Exeter and continued researching until he died opens a door into understanding how he uniquely interpreted and repurposed the medieval in constructing fantasy.*

Steve Walker, The Power of Tolkien's Prose

Middle-earth Magical Style

Palgrave, 2010. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued)

Shortlisted for the 2011 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award forInklingsStudies Tolkien's unparalleled popularity has been largely attributed to his gifts as a storyteller and his thematic currency. But The Lord of the Rings may have become a modern classic for a deeper reason than we've noticed: Tolkien is a first-rate stylist. The Power of Tolkien's Prose illuminates the multifaceted appeal of Tolkien's prose style in dimensions ranging from his fantastic realism to his revitalizing imagery to his dynamic narrative to his expansive characterization to his engaging language. Viewed through the lens of Steve Walker's stylistic appreciation, Tolkien's fiction emerges as a new dimension of perception.*

Chris Vaccaro (ed.), Tolkien and Alterity

Palgrave, 2017. 1st edition. Paperback.

This exciting collection of essays explores the role of the Other in Tolkien’s fiction, his life, and the pertinent criticism. It critically examines issues of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, language, and identity in The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and lesser-known works by Tolkien. The chapters consider characters such as Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, Saruman, Éowyn, and the Orcs as well as discussions of how language and identity function in the source texts. The analysis of Tolkien’s work is set against an examination of his life, personal writing, and beliefs. Each essay takes as its central position the idea that how Tolkien responds to that which is different, to that which is “Other,” serves as a register of his ethics and moral philosophy. In the aggregate, they provide evidence of Tolkien’s acceptance of alterity.*

Deform Real Nazgûl (10/12)

 

Star Ace journeys into Middle-earth with a new figure from the Defo-Real Series line. The evil servants of the Dark Lord Sauron are the Nazgul. Also known as Ringwraiths, these creatures used to be men until their souls were twisted by the power of the Dark Lord. The Defo Real Nazgul stands about 15 cm (6 inches) tall and carries his sword.*

Deform Real Nazgûl - deluxe version

 

Star Ace. Star Ace journeys into Middle-earth with a new figure from the Defo-Real Series line. The evil servants of the Dark Lord Sauron are the Nazgul. Also known as Ringwraiths, these creatures used to be men until their souls were twisted by the power of the Dark Lord. The Defo Real Nazgul stands about 15 cm (6 inches) tall and carries his sword.

The Deluxe version includes a diorama base and the Morgul Blade for his other hand.*

The One Ring ceramic beer stein

Black mug with the One Ring and The Lord of the Rings logo on the one side, the ring poem on the other. In a decorated gift box.*

Promo poster Two Towers Sam (4/12)

Entertainment in Video, 2002. POS promo poster, not available for sale to the general public. 15x60"/32x152 cm. Antiquarian: very good condition (some wrinkles in the edges).*

Promo poster Two Towers Gandalf

Entertainment in Video, 2002. POS promo poster, not available for sale to the general public. 15x60"/32x152 cm. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Promo poster Two Towers Frodo

Entertainment in Video, 2002. POS promo poster, not available for sale to the general public. 15x60"/32x152 cm. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Promo poster Two Towers Arwen

Entertainment in Video, 2002. POS promo poster, not available for sale to the general public. 15x60"/32x152 cm. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Promo poster Two Towers Aragorn

Entertainment in Video, 2002. POS promo poster, not available for sale to the general public. 15x60"/32x152 cm. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Promo poster Two Towers Gollum - signed

Signed by Andy Serkis

Entertainment in Video, 2002. POS promo poster, not available for sale to the general public. 15x60"/32x152 cm. Antiquarian: fine condition.*

Funko Galadriel Tempted (3/12)

Pop! Movies 634. 4"/9 cm high. Limited edition. In a gift box.*

Frodo bath duck

Cosplaying Duck

Numskull Tubbz. Plastic duck for your bath tub. 5"/12 cm long, 4"/10 cm high. In a gift box.*

Gandalf bath duck

Cosplaying Duck

Numskull Tubbz. Plastic duck for your bath tub. 5"/12 cm long, 4"/10 cm high. In a gift box.*

Legolas bath duck

Cosplaying Duck

Numskull Tubbz. Plastic duck for your bath tub. 5"/12 cm long, 4"/10 cm high. In a gift box.*

Sauron bath duck

Cosplaying Duck

Numskull Tubbz. Plastic duck for your bath tub. 5"/12 cm long, 4"/10 cm high. In a gift box.*

Lykke Guanio, Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature

Tolkien, Rowling and Meyer

Palgrave, 2015. 1st edition. Hardback (no dustjacket issued).

Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature: Tolkien, Rowling and Meyer by Lykke Guanio-Uluru examines formal and ethical aspects of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Twilight series in order to discover what best-selling fantasy texts can tell us about the values of contemporary Western culture.*