Although I started this blog in 2010, I have been collecting marketing materials and memorabilia from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy since 2001. What intrigued me most was the dedication shown to creating believable Middle-earthian cultures, by using real-world artisans and creative processes instead of just digital wizardry. As a student of cultural analysis and interpretation, I found this fascinating. All the behind-the-scenes and making-of materials gave glimpses into what makes the Trilogy work on so many levels.
Also, as a student of concrete media (i.e., toys, games, artwork) and multimedia, I found it amazing to see the variety of licensed tie-in products available – something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of their particular learning styles and interests. Action figures, tradeable miniatures, and board games for those who appreciate the cultures of movement. Soundtracks, music inspired by LOTR, audiobook, and live symphony performances with the film for those who appreciate the cultures of sound. Concept art, DVDs, photography, and multimedia for those who appreciate the cultures of sight. Holistic experiences of many kinds definitely are possible through immersion in Lord of the Rings media, engaging the mind, imagination, emotions, soul/reflection, and will.
With all that in mind, my main goals for this blog are:
- Bring together as much detail, description, and linkage as possible on various items, because that kind of fleeting information tends to disappear quickly otherwise.
- Every item tells a story about LOTR, and I hope to provide images wherever possible to show an item’s story. These images come from my own scans and photos, taken of items I have at one time owned. Any other photos that are used with permission of my collector friends are noted.
- Offer cultural analysis and other insights on The Lord of the Rings books and films, to show their place in contemporary culture.
The amount of detail here may be overwhelming … unless you happen to possess some of these items and are obsessed with finding out as much as you can about them. Hopefully, the sorts of primary source profiles and secondary references will help we who are collectors enhance our enjoyment of our Middle-earthian treasures. Also, I hope these LOTR Collector Notes will be of special help any who are interested in academic studies of The Lord of the Rings as a global phenomenon … their transcultural relevance to global audiences, their function as a source of inspiration to other artisans, their philosophical and theological influences, how to create a multiple media system from the same source material, etc. After I finish processing everything else on the blog, I’ll be able to get to my own essays about the topics I find most intriguing, in my Thoughts on the Production Process.
Once my 2012 updating is done, you’ll find a comprehensive Site Index to the clusters of pages on the blog. (With over 125 web pages, trying to list all of them individually at the top or in a sidebar took up too much space!) Check out the Glossary page for help on basic terms for different kinds of collectibles (“What’s lenticulars, Preciousss?”) and the Partner/Product Index page so you can cross-reference what company produced what kinds of items. Later on – once I’ve processed through what items I’ve at one time possessed and indexed various source materials – I’ll produce some reference tools that I think will be of interest. But this is not that day …
Since this site is a hobby, and not a business, I do this for fun. It’s a work in progress, and I add to it as I have time for processing items, describing them, taking scans or photos to upload. I regret that I cannot respond to requests for information about the current value of items, as I don’t have time available for that kind of research.
Also, I make every effort to maintain the copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property rights of those who produced the memorabilia mentioned. If I’ve accidentally overstepped boundaries, or if you have corrections or additions to site information, please let me know through the Contact page, and I’ll take care of changes as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile … browse, muse, enjoy!
~ Brad Sargent, “futuristguy”
P.S. Please do not copy LOTR Collector Note material to any other websites, except where noted on the Notices to eBay Sellers page. I have posted a series of guidelines there for what items from this blog can and cannot be copied for use in eBay auctions, and on other websites. Thanks for respecting my work and my wishes.
- Blog begun 2010.
- Significant revision starting on September 22, 2012 (the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.)