This site was designed
for people who collect items related to the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.
These include books, posters, calendars, postcards, t-shirts, figurines,
audiotapes, chess sets and a host of other items. It is apparent
that many people have been inspired by Tolkien's creations and this
has resulted in a great interest in collecting things related to
Middle-Earth. Virtually everyone who has an interest in the stories
has become a collector of sorts, if only to buy a calendar each
Unfortunately, it has
been difficult to find material. Before the internet, most collectors
found things by accident - they noticed an item at a flea market
or happen to find something in Uncle Bob's attic, up there with
the denim jacket and the Zap comics. Until recently, there were
no general sources for items and limited information about collecting.
This is where the internet and tolkiencollector.com comes into the
story. It is clear that this type of collecting would greatly benefit
from a central store of knowledge and lore concerning Tolkien material.
Although this site contains
a significant amount of information, it is not exhaustive. That
is where you come in. In contrast to printed sources of information,
this page is a living resource that is constantly updated. As I
get information from collectors and other sources, the database
grows and I periodically regenerate the web site. If you know of
a source for collectibles that I have not covered, or have some
details about collectible items that you think others should know,
please send me e-mail and I will add this information to the site.
In this way, we can have the most elaborate and current knowledge
base on which to build our collections.
At this point in development,
I focused on resources, rather than a detailed listing. In addition,
although there are numerous pamphlets, dissertations, conference
posters and a host of other material on Tolkien, I have focused
on the material that collectors can now reasonably expect to find
and acquire. Finally, I have naturally focused on Internet resources.
If a publisher, dealer or an individual with an item for sale has
an e-mail or Web address, it was likely included here.
If you have questions
or comments about the site, please send email Mike Williams