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Lord of the Rings 11/Nov/2006 at 11:35 AM
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The Children of Hurin

The Children of Hurin Deluxe

These items are finally available on Amazon for the Americans to salivated over as well. Hope this helps pass the time until 7 April!
The Spork Man 11/Nov/2006 at 01:57 PM
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Hmm...will wait for paperback.
What is about anyway? I’ve heard some details about it, but no more than that page tells us.
It wasn’t written my J.R.R., was it? Wasn’t it by Christopher Tolkien?
geordie 11/Nov/2006 at 02:13 PM
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It’s written by JRR Tolkien, and edited by Christopher. [Christopher doesn’t write fiction].

There was a thread a little while ago which tells more. I’vemade a link to it   
>here<
Eladar 11/Nov/2006 at 03:11 PM
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A hundred bucks?  Wow!

You can pick up The War of the Jewels, Morgoth’s Ring and The Peoples of Middle-earth for that much money and still have a few bucks left over for lunch.

Istanira 11/Nov/2006 at 03:18 PM
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It’s worth every penny....
Nírithil 11/Nov/2006 at 03:24 PM
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*sigh* I want that soo much. I’d pay a hundred dollars for it, at least I’d pay for the non-deluxe version. That’s one of my favorite stories in the Silmarillion. *eagerly awaits*
Reikon Suchi-ru 11/Nov/2006 at 03:24 PM
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What’s the difference between the Deluxe and the Regular?
Lilith 11/Nov/2006 at 03:32 PM
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Just look at the prices...

Hm, seriously, not much information from Amazon, but I guess the new maps and/or the "jacket and color paintings by Alan Lee" could be part of what makes the difference. *shrugs*
Eladar 11/Nov/2006 at 03:32 PM
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Yes, Istanira what is the difference between the hundred dollar and 20 dollar versions?
halfir 11/Nov/2006 at 04:02 PM
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These items are finally available on Amazon for the Americans to salivated over as well.

For the avoidance of doubt, Amazon make it very clear that:

This title has not yet been released.

The release date is April 17, 2007.

Istanira 11/Nov/2006 at 04:36 PM
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I didn’t mean ’worth every penny’ because I had one (but I plan to buy one and I am sure it will be)--I meant ’worth every penny’ because I read the descriptions from the posted links, and it’s obvious the color plates and illustrations make it, well, ’special’. That kind of production costs money.


Deluxe version
Book Description

The first complete book by J.R.R. Tolkien in three decades -- since the publication of The Silmarillion in 1977 -- The Children of Hurin reunites fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, Eagles and Orcs. Presented for the first time as a complete, standalone story, this stirring narrative will appeal to casual fans and expert readers alike, returning them to the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.

The Children of Hurin, begun in 1918, was one of three ’Great Tales’ J.R.R. Tolkien worked on throughout his life, though he never realized his ambition to see it published. Though familiar to many fans from extracts and references within other Tolkien books, it has long been assumed that the story would forever remain an unfinished tale. Now reconstructed by Christopher Tolkien, painstakingly editing together the complete work from his father’s many drafts, this book is the culmination of a tireless thirty-year endeavor by him to bring J.R.R.Tolkien’s vast body of unpublished work to a wide audience.

Having drawn the distinctive maps for the original The Lord of the Rings more than 50 years ago, Christopher has also created a detailed new map for this book. In addition, it will include a jacket and color paintings by Alan Lee, illustrator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Centenary Edition and Academy Award-winning designer of the film trilogy.


Non Deluxe version
Book Description

The first complete book by J.R.R. Tolkien in three decades—since the publication of The Silmarillion in 1977—The Children of Húrin reunites fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, Eagles and Orcs. Presented for the first time as a complete, standalone story, this stirring narrative will appeal to casual fans and expert readers alike, returning them to the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.
Eladar 11/Nov/2006 at 04:57 PM
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So what are the exact difference between the two books?
Istanira 11/Nov/2006 at 05:13 PM
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I believe the Duluxe version is hard cover/smythe sewn with nicer paper and, as aforementioned, color plates.

the ’non-deluxe’ version will have the same feel as, for example, the softcover of ’Unfinished Tales’; same content, of course (except the illustrations and color plates). But the paper is more ’pulpy’ and ’acidy’ and not as nice. the printing is not as high end.

Probably the same as the difference between the paperback of The Silmarillion in softcover and the Ted Nasmith-illustrated version with C.T.’s illustrated map ’tipped-in’ to the back. That kind of production is hand-done and expensive.

but I am just guessing here based upon past releases produced in the same manner; I have not seen the deluxe version in person.
Eladar 11/Nov/2006 at 05:28 PM
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If those are the only differences, then the 100 dollar version is not worth it.  I’ll stick with the cheaper version.
Istanira 11/Nov/2006 at 05:40 PM
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I profoundly disagree with you, but, hey! that’s ok!
Reikon Suchi-ru 11/Nov/2006 at 05:47 PM
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Well, you’ll be reading the same story either way, and with the cheaper version, more of it is left up to your imagination, so I like it that way.
halfir 11/Nov/2006 at 06:24 PM
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That $100 equates to about 52 pounds sterling at current exchange rates,  is there an equivalent publication from Harper Collins and if so what is the price?
Captain Bingo 12/Nov/2006 at 03:06 AM
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The HC deluxe is £80, & matches the recent LotR/TH editions. However, I’d like to see what the HM ’deluxe’ is actually like - comparing the two publisher’s 50th Anniversary editions of LotR I’d say the HC one is far superior in terms of quality.

That said, although I have the HC LotR & TH deluxe eds, I’m going for the ’standard’ CoH.
halfir 12/Nov/2006 at 04:48 AM
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Captain Bingo: Thanks for the information, disappointing though it was from the price point of view! While  I appreciate quality binding and paper, I , like most of us, have to allocate a scarce resource- money, and I’d prefer to buy more books related to Tolkien than indulge in another ’de luxe’ edition. And the Harper Collins  ’de luxe’ version is significantly more expensive than the Houghton Miflin ’de luxe ’ version.

Like you, I shall go for the standard COH.

Jinniver Thynne 13/Nov/2006 at 07:09 AM
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The Captain just knows that I will not be able to resist buying the expensive one (having woman’s ’shopping urge’ DNA), so he knows he’ll have that luxury copy too.
Lord of the Rings 13/Nov/2006 at 07:50 AM
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For the avoidance of doubt, Amazon make it very clear that:

For the avoidance of doubt, Amazon make it very clear that:

Indeed, halfir, I had not realized that my post might be misleading in this way. Thank you for making this clear to everyone.

I do hope that the standard HM edition is not too poor in quality, as that is likely the copy I will wind up acquiring. We shall see.
TobiasFalco 13/Nov/2006 at 09:21 AM
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I’m shaking in my hands right now after having read this and geordie’s added link on the discussion. Who could ever imagine that we would see another book even posthumous from the beloved JRR Tolkien. I decided to preorder the Standard HC edition and April cant come soon enough.
Ankala Teaweed 30/Nov/2006 at 05:50 PM
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So the Deluxe edition gets new map(s) and is illustrated by Alan Lee? That’s the difference?

I seriously wonder if the price will come down on amazon when April gets a little closer. That might be a high estimate and they don’t know what they will actually charge for it yet.

It was only very recently that the book distributors began to list it. That happened many weeks after the official press releases.

Nenarye 30/Nov/2006 at 08:01 PM
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Jinniver -    

I am also probably going to go for the cheaper one. The delux is almost $60 more

Oh well, same story . . .
Tenharien Calmcacil 05/Dec/2006 at 12:29 PM
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Oh, there are two different versions? Well I think i will buy the one with the maps and illustrastions, cuz truthfully im a really slow reader when it comes to the lord of the rings. Pictures and explantins and maps especially help me a lot, so that will be great. 60 is a lot a money for a book though, like lot, but oh well, i think itll be worht it.
Laielinwen 05/Dec/2006 at 12:59 PM
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For $60 more the maps and pictures should be a book unto themselves! That is a very large price difference between the two! Gah... I usually go in for bells and whistles though so it will be very tempting for me. I love maps too. I wonder if there is anything new we have not seen before or some that have been improved in quality. At least I’ve got a little while to decide. I usually pre-order things, but I’ve not looked into doing it on this yet.
Captain Bingo 05/Dec/2006 at 01:06 PM
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As far as I’m aware both versions contain the maps & illustrations. The deluxe ed matches the deluxe LotR & Hobbit brought out a couple of years back. Limited editions, better quality materials, but same book & same contents.
Tenharien Calmcacil 05/Dec/2006 at 01:20 PM
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Hmm well now im even more excited, though i cant decide which version to get, ill have to check them out throughly. I definately want the one wiht the most for for my money cuz for the lord of the rings, i always like to spend.
Laielinwen 06/Dec/2006 at 02:13 AM
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Captain that explains it somewhat, but that is still a huge difference... must be mighty deluxe!
Captain Bingo 06/Dec/2006 at 08:20 AM
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Well, The One Ring has the Dutch cover art - don’t know if the UK/US editions will have the same cover but the painting is very nice, & bodes well for the rest of the illustrations.

Have to say I’m looking forward to this work - for all the comments about it being a ’reconstruction’ by CT this is the form that Tolkien would have wanted us to read the story in, not in the collection of fragments scattered through UT/Sil & HoM-e. Tolkien wanted CoH to be a story, & CT has fulfilled his father’s wishes once again.

Just in case anyone can’t be bothered going to TOR.n this is the cover art
Ankala Teaweed 21/Dec/2006 at 07:42 PM
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CB, the US/UK editions are all being printed with the Alan Lee illustrations as is the Dutch edition. I went ahead and got on the amazon list for the deluxe, but I really expect the price to come down by the time we get closer to April. And as I am paying by check, I’ll jolly well wait till the actual price is announced.

Captain Bingo 22/Dec/2006 at 09:05 AM
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I’ll wait till I see if there’s any significant differences in the de-luxe ed. I have The Hobbit deluxe & it has all Tolkien’s illustrations (the original B&W ones in the coloured versions by Riddett) plus an extra one which was not included in the earlier editions and an introductory essay by CT, but best of all, it includes Thror’s map as Tolkien intended - set into the main body of the book, with the Moon Runes printed in reverse on the back, so that when its held up to the light they suddenly ’appear’.

If its exactly the same as the ’standard’ edition but just with a nicer binding I’m not sure I see the point - its not like Harper-Collins’ hardbacks are shoddy productions after all...
Jinniver Thynne 22/Dec/2006 at 11:26 AM
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Captain, you know you have no need to worry about this as if you don’t buy the deluxe edition then you know that I will. We will need two copies of this anyway so one may as well be a ’special’ one.

However, it could just be that the special edition has no dust jacket and is in a box, as that seems to be the pattern for these things right now.
Curubethion 22/Dec/2006 at 02:37 PM
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Dang, I can hardly wait until it comes out in Library form...my pocketbook isn’t very particularly large.

I’d actually like to read this, since I’ve read the UT version of NIHH. And I could care less about a "Deluxe Edition"...to me, it’s the story that matters, not how pretty the book is. And I don’t care if Alan Lee did do the maps! (On the other hand, maps and illustrations are a nice touch...but not if it’s my money buying them!)

Region 24/Dec/2006 at 03:27 AM
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Well the main thing for me is the story and the information I can draw from it but maps and illustrations always add that extra bit. Unfortunately 60$ is a wee bit on the high side. I’m going to look at the actual price although I’m inclined to go for the "normal" edition. I try to make sure my books don’t get harmed so better materials are not an argument for me to buy the deluxe ed!