Just like Middle-earth, the J.R.R. Tolkien empire is spread far and wide. It goes beyond the mainstream editions of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and his other Middle-earth books. We’ve combed through thousands of listings on AbeBooks to identify 10 great examples of Tolkienabilia from unique editions to posters and maps.
Several of these items are unique and may sell quickly.
10 examples of Tolkienabilia
Unique rebound books
Dario Ustino and Jeanne Biagi run a bookbinding firm called Charta in Venice, Italy. They are skilled bookbinders who find old books and rebind them in artistic ways to create unique and beautiful literary objects. Naturally, books written by J.R.R. Tolkien are part of their work.
The Hobbit illustrated by Tove Jansson
The Hobbit has been widely translated and can be found in numerous languages. In 1962, the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson, illustrated the Swedish edition of The Hobbit, which was published as Bilbo: En Hobbits Äventyr. Tolkien and Jansson is a match made in heaven. Surely, there is room for Moomins in Middle-earth.
Lord of the Rings concept art by Barbara Remington
After Ace Books had published an unauthorized paperback edition, Ballantine rushed to bring a new edition to market in 1965. Artist and illustrator Barbara Remington was tasked with producing this concept art even though she hadn't read the books.
SOLD - This signed and dated painting of Gandalf wielding his goblin-killing sword, Glamdring, was created in the Catskills in 1990 by the artist Tom Son. The painting is on slate and weighs more than 30 pounds.
Map of Middle-earth
Narnia illustrator Pauline Baynes designed this map and the original is now housed in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. This poster map is now a scarce piece of Tolkien ephemera. In the map, Middle-earth is fashioned after the Welsh mountains that inspired Tolkien.
Lords of Middle-earth fantasy game compendium
A fantasy game character compendium from 1986 which came in three volumes.