The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings (English)

The Lord of the Rings (English), purchased in Los Angeles, California in 1992 (hardback)

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1991. ISBN: 0-395-59511-8

This edition is the anniversary edition of the centenary of Tolkien's birth. I bought it to replace my Ballantine set of paperbacks from the early 1970s that had literally fallen apart after several readings over two decades. I remember that I bought it on a book table at a Sears or Montgomery Ward in a Canoga Valley mall. Those are odd places to find books, but it might have been around Christmas when department stores stock all kinds of things that they don't normally sell.

The Hobbit, Hobbit (English)

The Hobbit (English [H]), purchased in a bookstore at some unknown time in the past (hardback in box)

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1966. ISBN: 0-395-17711-1

This is the 50th anniversary edition, so was actually published in 1987 and sold to me sometime after.

The Silmarillion, Silmarillion (English)

The Silmarillion (English [S]), purchased in a bookstore in Salt Lake City in 1977 (hardback)

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Silmarillion. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1977. ISBN: 0-395-25730-1