Monday, May 14, 2007

Tolkien Books

Today, I've put many of the J. R. R. Tolkien books into the store. All fantasy novels pale in comparison to the the great epic created by Tolkien., of course, already carries The Hobbit and all the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. But J. R. R. Tolkien was working on a much larger history that comprised of 12 different volumes that his son, Christopher Tolkein completed. Christopher Tolkein returns to the epic story with the new release of The Children of Hurin.

The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien (do NOT read this first!) This is Tolkien's first book and his last, the core of his imaginative work that underlies all his writings about Middle-Earth.

The following are the 12 epic books in order written by J. R. R. Tolkien and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien —

* very low stock

Here is JRR Tolkien himself speaking about the origins of Middle Earth —

Bookseller's Note: One of my happy memories from the old storefront is having this little girl of about 10 or 11 come into the store and say
      "I've read all the Harry Potter books. Do you have anything like it?"
      So I asked, "Have you read The Hobbit?"
      She responded, "What's a Hobbit?"

Oh, man, what a feeling!! Only a bookseller, or maybe a librarian, is privileged with the feeling of being the one to send a child on this magnificent adventure for the first time. Her adult brother standing behind her just smiled and nodded his head. I happily went over to my SciFi/Fantasy section and pulled out The Hobbit and her brother paid for it with a huge smile on his face. The child had no idea why we were so happy. What a joy to be the one to sell a child her first copy of The Hobbit!


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