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    Looking to buy a nice hardcover version of Lord of the Rings for a gift...

    ... but there's so many different versions it's overwhelming. There's even several special editions I was seeing on Amazon.

    I'm wondering if anyone here knows of any publications/ editions that would make a really nice keepsake after it's been read.

    I'll link a few as I find them, maybe I can get some suggestions too =p

    http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-J-R...d+of+the+rings

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/000...F8&me=&seller=


    Found a neat one here... out of stock though QQ

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/721a/
    Last edited by -Adi; Dec 22 2012 at 11:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Adi View Post
    ... but there's so many different versions it's overwhelming. There's even several special editions I was seeing on Amazon.

    I'm wondering if anyone here knows of any publications/ editions that would make a really nice keepsake after it's been read.

    I'll link a few as I find them, maybe I can get some suggestions too =p

    http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-J-R...d+of+the+rings

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/000...F8&me=&seller=


    Found a neat one here... out of stock though QQ

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/721a/
    Okay, the first one my friend Dave received as a gift. he said it was cheaply made. box fell apart immediately and bindings began deteriorating shortly after.
    Second link is not to LotR. It is the complete HoMe edited by Chris Tolkien, Professor T's son. Wonderful for the hardcore Tolkien scholar but pretty dry.
    third one looks nice (too bad it's not red) but ya notice the web page lists it a out of stock. If price not a prob I'd look for a store that has it in stock. Amazon has it 19 bucks cheaper and in stock.
    Last edited by Duathrandir; Dec 23 2012 at 02:49 AM.
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    Leaning towards the thick editions with everything in one book. Especially the red one that's been linked here.

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    What you need to remember with one of the single volume editions is that the paper itself will be very, very thin and a binding for a book that thick will most likely get broken along the spine the first time it's read. I would always go for a three volume version because of this and suggest tying ebay as I got my second edition set there for £25.00 some time ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boraxxe View Post
    ...and of course it's red as befits the Red Book of Westmarch. Very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aelfwulf View Post
    What you need to remember with one of the single volume editions is that the paper itself will be very, very thin and a binding for a book that thick will most likely get broken along the spine the first time it's read. I would always go for a three volume version because of this and suggest tying ebay as I got my second edition set there for £25.00 some time ago.
    There is a way to handle a thick hardcover book to break it in w/o breaking it's spine. Stand it on a table spine down and open front and back covers and gently press them down. Repeat moving inward from both front and back a few pages at a time until you reach the center. Also always use a bookmark rather than laying book face down to save your place. If you break the spine of a book either you handled it wrong or it was a cheaply bound book to start with, imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Adi View Post
    I'm wondering if anyone here knows of any publications/ editions that would make a really nice keepsake after it's been read.
    I hope I do not offend you by this, but in my opinion, EVERY version of The Lord of the Rings is a great keepsake after it's been read. Whether it is hardcover, paperback, 3 volumes in one, 3 seperate books, with or without a sleeve cover or box. Whether it stays beautiful and unscathed for over 50 years or falls apart within one week. As long as the letters don't water away, the books are great. (And in my opinion, the greatest honour that a writer can be done is for him/her to see that their books are in such a bad state because they have been read over and over and over again). :P
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    By the tangled roots of Fangorn! Is this an edition where all six books are separate and the appendices are separate, which makes for a total of seven books? I fell in love with this edition immediately when I saw it. I hope I can afford that after my birthday next month. How much did you pay for it, then?
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