Collecting and other Interesting Links:

Today we take a look at a number of interesting articles.

  1. What collecting means to Proudfoot.
  2. JRR Tolkien snubbed by 1961 Nobel jury.
  3. The Difference between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
  4. To Illustrate or Not to Illustrate
  5. Welcome to Middle Earth…New Zealand.
  6. How writers’ fictional worlds have colonized real life.



When overseas in 2010, Proudfoot was asked these questions…

Q1 How would you describe your relationship to collecting?

A. When I was young I was always collecting something. First it was toy soldiers, then comics and later World War II model aeroplanes. But as I grew older I would outgrow a collection and move on to a new interest. My interest in collecting Tolkien books and other related items has continued for over 35 years now and I haven’t outgrown it yet. 

Q2 What are the feelings associated with an acquisition?

A. My current collection gives me a satisfying sense of achievement and I enjoy sharing it with those who show a healthy interest in Tolkien.

Q3 What was your most memorable acquisition? What did it feel like?

A. There have been a number of memorable acquisitions, especially some early editions and limited edition books. Perhaps the most memorable one recently was the acquisition of a second impression of The Hobbit, 1937.

Q4 Is there something that you looked for, for years?

A. I looked for many years for an old edition of “The Lord of the Rings”. These are very expensive to acquire. The edition I acquired may not be of the highest quality but it is old and I’m happy. I have also some early editions of “The Hobbit”. I know I can’t afford a first impression but the ones I have are quite rare.

Q5 What is the meaning of enough?

A. When you’re passionate is there enough? I guess when duplication occurs, if it ever does, then maybe enough will become an eventuality.

Q6 Do you ever ask yourself, ‘Why do I do this?’

A. I have. I am continually trying to create more display space and sometimes I get frustrated because already I don’t have near enough and think, ” What do I do now?”

Q7 Is there a point at which you will stop?

A. I cannot see myself losing the passion of continuing to search for new “treasures” in the foreseeable future. At this stage I can’t see a point where I’ll stop collecting.

Q8 What is the future of your collection?

A. The collection will steadily grow. Currently I am concentrating on acquiring different editions of        Tolkien’s major works. With the upcoming “Hobbit” movies to be released in the next couple of years, I’m  sure there will be many new temptations to consider.

Rare books and other collectibles.

Rare books and other collectibles.

JRR Tolkien snubbed by 1961 Nobel jury, papers reveal:

JRR Tolkien was passed over for the 1961 Nobel literature prize after the storytelling in his Lord of the Rings trilogy was described as second rate.

Newly-released documents – declassified after 50 years – show that he was nominated by fellow author CS Lewis.

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

Peter Jackson Explains the Difference Between The Hobbit

and The Lord of the Rings

Those familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novels know there is a difference in tone between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but with director and co-writer Peter Jackson in charge of the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit fans are expecting  the two movies to be like The Lord of the Rings. However, in the recent issue of Total Film, Jackson revealed that The Hobbit will be very different from The Lord of the Rings.

Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson


To Illustrate or Not to Illustrate? That is the Question…

– an essay by Ruth Lacon

Pieter Collier of Tolkien Library states that this essay…”tackles a very strange topic, namely ‘to illustrate or not to illustrate’, which is a subject one would not expect to be on the mind of an artist and illustrator. But after reading the essay I can now see that this article is another leaf to the ever growing tree of different takes on Tolkien. Ruth takes us on a small trip back and forward through time and gives an explanation on ‘why one should not illustrate’ and also ‘why one should’… but I guess the article will explain all this in detail.”

What did Tolkien himself think of illustrating stories? I enjoyed reading this article about different styles of illustrating and how illustrating stories can give us fixed images for the story and can rob us of our own imaginations of scenes and characters.


LotR book

Lord of the Rings book


Welcome to Middle Earth…New Zealand.

A brief article about how the LotR Movies have transformed landscapes and tourism in New Zealand. Visitor numbers since the release of the movies are reported to be up by 40%.

Written by: Jayne Clark,  USA Today.

“The Shire, home of the Hobbits in the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy, has been created on a sheep farm near the town of Matamata on New Zealand’s North Island. Filming ended recently at the location for movies schedule for release in 2012 and 2013.”


Hobbiton Movie Location

Hobbiton Movie Location

There and Back Again

How writers’ fictional worlds have colonized real life


“From the 1880s on, though, the writers of what was sometimes called “New Romance” found sources of “re-enchantment”—Robert Louis Stevenson with “Treasure Island,” Rider Haggard with “King Solomon’s Mines,” Bram Stoker with “Dracula,” as well as Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells and in some ways the ground-breaker for them all, Arthur Conan Doyle, whose Sherlock Holmes stories began to appear in 1887.”




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