GTC Roadshow

December 17, 2008 09:10 ET

The Most Expensive Tolkien Book in the World

WALES, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2008) -

Editors Note: Two photos are included with this release.

GTC Roadshow AG announces the acquisition of the most expensive Tolkien book ever sold; a signed first edition of "The Lord of the Rings" dedicated to the "Queen of the Hobbits", for 104.000 USD. A further 5 lots were acquired in the same auction: the first translation of The Hobbit dedicated to E. Griffiths, a signed US first edition Lord of the Rings, P. Baynes' original art, a signed map of Middle-earth and a book dedicated to Tolkien's son Michael.

The pieces will add to the largest Tolkien collection ever compiled and will be offered to the public in a unique exhibition.

Tolkien collecting has evolved well beyond books into a wide variety of interpretations of Middle-earth, culminating in the Peter Jackson films and the upcoming Hobbit movies. The collection contains thousands of pieces, which represent a popular culture that has grown up around collecting Tolkien.

Mark Faith, of GTC said: "an exhibition of this caliber is been long in coming in the hearts of the Tolkien community and it is our mission that the general public sees the unique pieces, which normally are hoarded in private collections. This Tolkien exhibition is for the people and created by people who love Tolkien." He also said that as part of the exhibition project GTC is forming the GTC Fellowship, a Tolkien collecting society.

The acquired "The Lord of the Rings" will be another highlight of the show after acquiring the signed first edition "The Hobbit" recently. Mark Faith said: "It was so expensive because it is a truly unique set. In volume one Tolkien has penned "Elainen tarin Periandion ar meldenya anyaran" (to Elaine, Queen of Hobbits and my very old friend). It belonged to Elaine Griffiths, a student of Tolkien, who was instrumental in encouraging Tolkien to get the Hobbit published. It is a true rarity to find the trilogy all signed by Tolkien, even more so with his inscription in Elvish".

The GTC Roadshow AG is also opening this opportunity to outside investors and sponsors, as it is a too important a project.

To view the "Most Expensive Tolkien Book in the World, a Signed 1st Edition Lord of the Rings" photo, please visit the following link:

To view the "Tolkien Signature and Dedication to Elaine Griffiths, Queen of Hobbits" photo, please visit the following link:

Contact Information

  • GTC Roadshow AG (UK)
    Mr Mark Faith
    +44 (0) 1650 5313 29 or Mobile: +44 (0) 77 489 807 00