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The perfect LOTR edition for the 60th anniversary!,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings (Hardcover)
It's perfect! The images became better (colours is richer) and it's more detailed comparing with the 3-book HarperCollins illustrated edition from 2002. The slipcase is cool and simple. The book came in a special cardboard box from HarperCollins. It weigt 2,410 kg and it has 1217 pages. The chalk overlay paper is thick enough. The font is clear and of a good size (neither too big nor too small). Two maps are on the endpapers (the large-scale map of Middle-earth at the end of The Third Age & the detailed map of Rohan, Gondor and Mordor) and one more (Shire map) is indise on a page of the book. This new edition features a special 3-page foldout frontispiece showing the complete version of Alan Lee's painting of a Ringwraith flying out from Minas Morgul towards Minas Tirith. This complete version of the painting has never been included before. In addition to this, all 50 paintings have been reproduced from brand new digital scans provided by Mr Lee and they look stunning. It's a really ultimate edition! I wouldn't say it's too bulky, but as a story told inside, the book is monumental outside) You will like it, I'm sure! It is of the highest quality!
P.S. And one more thing to tell. I found that the pagination is quite different from the usual (like in 3-volume HarperCollins illustrated edition from 2002). So now it doesn't fit my "The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion (Hardback)" 2005 year edition (ISBN 13: 9780618642670). I can't use the LOTR references from this book. I guess if they corrected the pagination in their new "The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion" 2014 year edition (ISBN 13: 9780007556908). ADD: I found that they had not corrected it.
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Initial post: 30 Jun 2014 21:24:22 BDT
alex moss says:
how big is the print
Posted on 1 Jul 2014 23:43:23 BDT
Roger Lee says:
Excellent review! Thank you very much for this information and for the photos.
Does it have also the pages from the Book of Mazarbul by Tolkien, as in the 50th anniversary edition?
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2014 08:41:55 BDT
No, unfortunately, it hasn't the pages from the Book of Mazarbul by Tolkien.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2014 08:53:19 BDT
I'd say it's the same size as when you print the document with the Times New Roman 14 on a A4 page. It looks 1,5 times as bigger as in the rest of HarperCollins hardaback editions. I found the same font-size in the Hobbit (Slipcase Hardback Deluxe Edition, 2004).
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Posted on 17 Jul 2014 11:06:02 BDT
I would like to know, how does this compare to the 50th anniversary edition (which one is a better purchase)?
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2014 23:11:34 BDT
I don't possess the 50th ann. ed., but as I see this one is better: the text is from the 50th ann. one, but it has good illustrations (exept the absence of the pages from the Book of Mazarbul by Tolkien, as in the 50th anniversary edition).
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2014 23:00:18 GMT
Hello, I am curious, these pages from the Book of Mazarbul, were they ever part of The Lord of the Rings or are they an extra ?
I'm asking cause I don't understand why they would remove these pages from this edition if it's part of the book ?
Posted on 10 Nov 2014 17:01:28 GMT
Thank you so much for this review! I've just finished reading 'The Hobbit' and am so excited to move onto Tolkein's real masterpiece! I wasn't sure about this particular edition as the picture amazon has used makes the book look squashed and thin but your pictures and review made me decide to get it. Don't know if I like the bright blue colour, I feel like red, black or dark green would have looked better but I'll find out tomorrow. Thanks a million!