Welcome to Part Four of my Library Tour (how much of a nerd am I that I am so excited this rhymes)! The first post highlighted all my favorite Orbit books and shared an embarrassing amount of books unread. The second highlighted my Mass Market Paperbacks–my personal favorite medium to read in. My third was a disorganized chaos of everything else. And my fourth and final bookshelf is probably the one that means the most to me: my Lord of the Rings, Tolkien, Middle-earth and everything in-between bookshelf.
Again, as a reminder: I recognize that the ability to buy myself books, receive books as gifts and receive ARCs is a privilege I’m very lucky to have and not everyone does. I also believe you don’t need to own books or have a huge collection to be considered a “real” book blogger, as book bloggers take many shapes and forms! This is just something that I enjoy personally, so please, let’s keep the comments positive and supportive!
Let’s get to it!
Bookshelf No 4: Nothing But Middle-earth
Now, this bookshelf is my pride and joy. Everyone who knows me knows how much I adore Lord of the Rings. I have loved it ever since my Dad introduced me to the films as a kid and then, when I realized it was a book series, too?? I was lost and it was one of the best discoveries of my life.
Since, I try to reread LOTR once a year, have presented at two Tolkien-themed conferences, attend a monthly Tolkien Society meeting, have an entire sleeve dedicated to LOTR and have, as you can see here, become quite the collector of anything I can find LOTR related. My Mom gets me something LOTR related every year during Christmas, which is one of my favorite parts about the holiday! And, now that I’m older, I’m hoping to continue to grow this collection–but first, let’s check out the shelves in more detail and show off some of these absolutely nerdy collectables that I’m aquired from over the years! 🙂
This has a lot of different collectibles, including two journals on the right hand side that I’ve had since middle school, where I kept my diaries (written in Tolkien’s dwarvish, of course!). Then, a bunch of different art books, a few old collectible calendars, my illustrated edition of The Hobbit and an incense burner you can’t see that I was gifted from our local Ren Faire that has the Evenstar painted on. Since taking this photo, I’ve also added the Witch King riding his Fell Beast Funko Pop and a really cool towel with a hobbit hole on it. 🙂
Here is a very special shelf. I have my Dad’s old Lord of the Rings copies, which I have since practically destroyed in the number of times I’ve reread them, marked them up for essays and research and just loved them through use. Then, centered, is my omnibus collectors edition a coworker got me so many years ago for my birthday that I just adore. I also have a few of Tolkien’s other stories (including four copies I got from Oxford (!!!) while I was visiting there). I also have Christopher Tolkien’s Histories of Middle-earth, a box set my grandparents got me when I was really young, not relaxing the academic bent these novels have, but it’s one of the most precious gifts they’ve ever given me! And my Nazgul Funkos and Gandalf plushie, of course. 🙂
Here holds my (very heavy) illustrated versions of Lord of the Rings. Plus, a few more random books I’ve collected, all of the soundtracks for the trilogy in CD form, a set of coasters, a portrait of young Bilbo Baggins from Weta Workshop (oh, what I wouldn’t give to be rich and be able to buy everything from them), my Lurtz Funko and an amazing bracelet my boyfriend’s mother got me that has a hobbit hole inside!!
The rest of my History of Middle-earth collection is here! Plus, a really amazing bowl with The One Ring inscription around the side, all of the DVDs of the films (both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) and a replica of the Deed and Contract Bilbo signed for Thorin Oakenshield–also from Weta!
Finally, a few more collectables: an AMAZING cross-stitch from a friend and coworker from college, a few magazines, the key to the door under the mountain, some bookmarks and an Arwen keepsake box that Weta sent us after another purchase we made got lost in the mail.
So, if you didn’t think I was an LOTR nerd before…ha! I also have more stuff throughout my office, which I am going to highlight in my next Library Tour post! Thanks for letting me share my nerdery–I hope you’re enjoying these inside glimpses of my world!