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Does anyone know what is new or changed in the 50th anniversary edition just published of the Lord of the Rings? I know that the division of the text into three books is dropped and the two pages of the Book of Mazarbul (sp?) in color are included as Tolkien had wished, and some more maps in large foldout format. If that is it, I'm still inclined to prefer the one-volume red leatherette covered and boxed version. It should be red, like the Red Book of Westmarch. For that matter, I don't much care for the color prints of the book of Mazarbul which I have anyway in another text (J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator).

What I wanted to know is: is the text different, expanded? If anyone has that volume and is inclined to answer, I'd appreciate it.

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What I wanted to know is: is the text different, expanded? If anyone has that volume and is inclined to answer, I'd appreciate it.


You know, I'm not sure about that? If I come across something, I'll let you know. I did see it in the store the other day, but it was all packaged up so I couldn't thumb through it. Man did it ever look nice, very expensive though, $100 clams U.S.
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I read somewhere that the entire LOTR text got revised and rewritten by Philippa Boyens. Could this be true?

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I read somewhere that the entire LOTR text got revised and rewritten by Philippa Boyens. Could this be true?


Well, yeah, and savagely dumbed down mostly, but not published under JRR's name.

I did that wrong and put what I was writing in the quote box as well. I'm so embarassed.

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Here ya go Shaya;

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This fall, Houghton Mifflin, Tolkien's official U.S. publisher for more than sixty-five years, will publish a lavish new one-volume collector's edition. This volume is the finest we've ever produced and features a text fully corrected by the foremost Tolkien scholars in the world, under the supervision of Christopher Tolkien, to meet the author's exacting wishes. It also includes two large-format fold-out maps, Tolkien's hand-colored leaves of the Book of Mazarbul, and exceptionally elegant packaging.



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This fall, Houghton Mifflin, Tolkien's official U.S. publisher for over sixty-five years, will publish a lavish new one-volume collector's edition. "We're enormously proud to present by far the finest edition we've ever produced," says Clay Harper, Tolkien Projects Director for Houghton Mifflin. "Under the direction of literary executor Christopher Tolkien, the most knowledgeable Tolkien scholars in the world have reviewed the entire textual history of this massive novel with fresh eyes for this edition. Our design and manufacturing staffs have also pulled out all the stops to create a truly beautiful book that is a joy to read and that will be cherished for years to come." Special features include two large-format fold-out maps, Tolkien's hand-colored leaves of the Book of Mazarbul, and exceptionally elegant packaging.



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The Fellowship of the Ring, part one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, first reached these shores on October 21, 1954, arriving, as C. S. Lewis proclaimed, “like lightning from a clear sky.” Fifty years and nearly one hundred million American readers later comes a beautiful new one-volume collector’s edition befitting the stature of this crown jewel of our list. With a text fully corrected under the supervision of Christopher Tolkien to meet the author’s exacting wishes, two large-format fold-out maps, a ribbon placemarker, gilded page edges, a color insert depicting Tolkien's own paintings of the Book of Mazarbul and exceptionally elegant and sturdy overall packaging housed within an attractive slipcase, this edition is the finest we’ve ever produced.



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