A Tour of My Tolkien Shelf (Guest Post by Arwen McGilvra)

Every year on March 25, the anniversary of the Downfall of Sauron, the Tolkien Society hosts Tolkien Reading Day. This year’s theme is Nature and Industry. The primary goal is to promote the reading of the works of J.R R. Tolkien! To celebrate, Pages Unbound will be hosting two weeks of Tolkien-related posts. In addition to our own thoughts, we will be featuring a number of guest posts!

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A Tour of My Tolkien Shelf

Hello there! My name is Arwen. Whenever I introduce myself on the Internet, I always add that, yes, that’s my real name, given to me at birth by my parents, not some alias or pseudonym. I got the name because while my mother was pregnant they read The Lord of the Rings together. I guess you could say I was born a fan.

(Although, my husband claims to be the greatest fan because he picked a wife named Arwen. )

Both of us being fans, we, of course, had our own collections when we got married and since then have added on. Right now, our Tolkien collection takes up one long shelf, the top and most prominent one.

We do have some other piece of Tolkien miscellany that are not one the shelf, including Laserdisk versions of the animated movies; the sword of Aragorn, Anduril; and the complete goblet collection that came out from Burger King when the movies were released.

Some special items in our collection include a Chinese version of The Fellowship of the Ring, which I bought in China the summer I taught English there, as a gift for my then boyfriend.

Next to it you can see the nice leather-bound edition I got my husband a couple of Christmases ago. The pictures don’t really do them justice. These are nice copies!

We have this neat Tolkien quiz book, although some of the questions are ridiculously hard. For example, there is a page where you have to match the signatures to the characters. Or questions like:

“How many king and queens ruled Numenor before the reign of Ar-Pharazon?”


Next to that you can see some of the newer books by J.R.R. Tolkien and edited by his son Christopher Tolkien.

We also have a whole bunch of different editions of the four main books. Just as a sample, I pulled out the different editions of The Hobbit that we own. Including the leather-bound edition, we have six copies. I guess we could always do a book club read-through.

Finally, we arrive at our well-worn copy of The Silmarillion. Don’t you just love the art on the cover? You can also see some of The History of Middle Earth and a biography of Tolkien in the picture.

We’ve got quite the collection, along with the personal connection to the books they are just great stories, the kind of stories that stir the imagination and sweep you along to new places.

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8 thoughts on “A Tour of My Tolkien Shelf (Guest Post by Arwen McGilvra)

  1. Krysta says:

    First of all, it is awesome that your name is Arwen!

    Secondly, I have that same copy of The Silmarillion–I think my mom picked it up at a yard sale–and now I feel super cool because you have one, too.


  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Wow! That is a beautiful collection! I mean, if I was named Arwen, I’d probably also have one heck of a Tolkien collection, too. The leather bound copies are so simple. They really appeal to me.

    I think you should host a book club, or perhaps a Tolkien-style book club where you read a passage aloud and then critique and discuss it! That would be super fun.

    Do you have a favorite book?

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