Thread: Best edition
I'm french, and after reading the LOTR in my mother tongue, I would read it in English.
And I have a question: What is the best edition? Is it Americain, English? The price is not very important (I have money ). I want, of course, a beautiful edition, big etc!
Thanks and bye!
What do you think?
It's also quite beautiful (has a slipcase) though a bit on the expensive side -- it's similar in look to previous one volume 'Red Book' editions, which I would recommend also for beauty.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. 50th anniversary edition. [Ed. with a note by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.] London: HarperCollins; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Beginning with late 2005 printings, the edition contains further emendations and a new, enlarged index by Hammond and Scull.
I only have one very small 'problem' with one of the notes from H&S, but it does not affect the tale proper in any case.
About of course the fiftieth 's edition...
Thanks a lot!
There's also a link on the page (the page you arrive at after clicking on this link) for another version of the 50th Anniversary edition.
Because I know that the 2005's editions are better than 2004's edition.
Or it has just the big one, blue and pages in gold?
Thanks for your great help!
...Imagining Gandalf surprised - "Well I'll be knee-high to a Grasshopper".....
My daughter purchased a boxed hard cover edition of the Hobbit at the supermarket of all places and it was wondrous beautiful. It also had a huge map of Middle-Earth and even a CD with the exerpt of Gollum and Bilbo in the cave testing one another with riddles. JRR himself is doing the reading and truthfully his way of reading that part terrified me. It never really bothered me when I read it but for some odd reason he made Gollum seem so diabolical and hideous that I had to stop at one point, couldn't force myself to listen further at that time. But oh the joy of hearing his own voice. superb.
It is blue and gold, and it's very nice!
One is a paperback set that comes in 7 volumes (a boxed set). Has anyone seen this? Apparently each book (as they are divided in the table of contents in "trilogy" editions) is a book. (I'm not sure if the 7th book is the Hobbit or if it's the index/appendixes).
The other is a five volume "classics" edition with apparently green leather hardback covers, attached ribbon bookmarks and 22k gilding. the first volume is the hobbit and the fifth is the silmarillion. I can't deny that I want this... but the price I saw on amazon.com was over USD$700.00 ! Somehow I can't justify paying more than $100.00 per book, even if they do have gold edging and embossing.
One thing I'd like to know is if there is an edition with a foldout map that's designed with a spine that takes the fold-out map into account. I have a 3 volume boxed set which would be otherwise very nice except that the fold-out maps pasted onto the back cover of each book are too thick for the spine, and over time the extra stress on the binding from the extra thickness of the map causes the glue on the binding to give way and the cover pulls away from the spine on the inside front and back covers. (At least, this is what my friend who worked at a university library said that his boss told him when he graciously took one of my books to be repaired by the library's repair department).
I would think that if you owned this kind of set that you would want to use it. Isn't the point of having a nice book that's well made so that you can feel it in your hands when you read it and hold it open flat and not worry about the spine breaking or the binding falling to pieces just because you opened it as far as books ought rightly to be able to open in order to be read comfortably in an easy chair by the blazing fireplace and a mug of hot steaming drink of your choice? Oughtn't you to have your children or grandchildren or nieces and nephews and cousins or neighbors or your lover sit by your side as you read it aloud to them, and oughtn't they to remember that the outside of the book was good enough to match the inside?
You pay the big money for the fancy edition so you don't have to buy 15 copies of the paperback version that will only fall apart on the 10th reading. You buy 15 copies of the paperback version to lend to your friends and to random strangers who mysteriously have never read it and won't return it.
Oh... and a side note:
If there is for some ridiculous and pompous reason a difference between the American and English editions get the English
Just remember - if you're a native speaker of American english - that those crazies on the other side of the pond think the second story of a building is the first story... and pay not attention when your computer spell check tells you that Gandalf the grey ought to be Gandalf the gray. (Atrocity!)
that those crazies on the other side of the pond think the second story of a building is the first story...
Also note that girls are birds, and birds are chicks at the other side of the pond.
I apologize for not finding out yet about Desi's copy with the huge map and cd of Tolkien reading. She moved away and her set is still boxed. I will try to get it still though.