Tolkienian Publications: Fall 2000 and Beyond
This column is sort of an extension of my March column, "Tolkien Publications
for the Year 2000." Most of the books announced there have already been published,
but there are a few no-shows that have been cancelled or pushed further into the future.
The History of the Hobbit,
by John D. Rateliff, and the facsimile of the first edition of The Hobbit, both
announced by HarperCollins for British publication. When I hear more about them, Ill
let you know!
Also, the second Greenwood Press title,
J. R. R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances,
edited by George Clark and Daniel Timmons, was delayed from its June publication,
though the Greenwood web-site now lists the book as available, so it must have come
HarperCollins in England has added some more Tolkien titles to their list of publications
for this fall. Like last years Millennium Edition of The Lord of the Rings,
there will be a Hobbit Gift Pack,
to include a hardcover of The Hobbit, along with a "Map of The Hobbit,"
six postcards of Tolkiens artwork for The Hobbit, and a CD recording of Tolkien
reading the Gollum chapter of the book, and some poems. All will be included in a presentation
box, for £19.99, to be published in October.
Another interesting publication for October will be a deluxe volume of the first five volumes
of The History of Middle-earth seriesthat is, all five books, published in one huge
hardcover for £99.99. The title will be
The Complete History of Middle-earth, Part One.
This I believe this will be followed next year by two further volumes, one covering the writing
of The Lord of Rings, and another covering the later Silmarillion materials published
in the last volumes of The History of Middle-earth. Thus you can own the twelve volumes of The
History of Middle-earth, in a three volumes set!
Other new British publications include a paperback version of the seven volume boxed set of
the Millennium Edition of The Lord of the Rings. This was to have been published in
September, at £29.99. And in October, a paperback version of the Ted Nasmith-illustrated
is scheduled, for £14.99. Then in November comes a hardcover boxed set of the Alan Lee illustrated editions of
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, for £69.99. November will also bring a paperback
edition of last years 50th anniversary edition of Farmer Giles of Ham, at £5.99.
Clay Harper of Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston has given us an advance peek at their
Tolkien plans for the U.S. in Spring 2001.
First, Tom Shippeys J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century should be out in
hardcover, probably in March. This is a book of literary criticism, and its appearance in
England this fall has caused a stir of controversy!
In April or May, look for the "Second Edition" of The Simarillion, both
in hardcover and in trade paperback. This "Second Edition" came out last year in
England. It has all of Christopher Tolkiens corrections in it, as well as a short
"Preface to the Second Edition" by him. Additionally, there is a fourteen-page
extract from J. R. R. Tolkiens famous 1951 letter to Milton Waldman, in which he
discusses his aims in writing The Silmarillion. Its a fascinating letter.
Other highlights on the Spring 2001 list include a new cover for Karen Wynn Fonstads
Atlas of Middle-earth, and
two audio cassettesof Roverandom, and of
Farmer Giles of Ham. Both will be read by Derek Jacobi.
As for other publishers, at least one plans a Tolkienian book for the Spring.
St. Martins Press has scheduled for February publication Hobbits, Elves and Wizards:
The Wonders and Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkiens "The Lord of the Rings", by
Michael N. Stanton. It will be a hardcover, priced at $19.95, but Im not sure yet whether
it is some sort of guidebook like Robert Fosters Complete Guide to Middle-earth, or
whether it is something completely different.