What’s New? August 2014

Over the past 3 months, I’ve gotten most items in my LOTR collection — and a decade’s worth of notes — sorted and ready to finish processing! I’ll be listing most of the collection on eBay over the next few months. As I take photos of items for those listings, I’ll be transferring the item descriptions and images over here, with hopefully not much lag time. So, that will help finish off the “Collector Notes” base, and perhaps in the near future I can complete the articles I’ve planned to write about the Lord of the Rings movie franchise.

Meanwhile, as I finalize the format of this site, I’ll be making additional changes in the page structure and numbering system. So, I’m sure some links will end up broken temporarily, but one of the last stages will be to check all links and fix anything that needs changing.

If you’re interested in seeing what I’m selling, check my eBay sales listings at “matrixman2.” Consider “favoriting” me as a seller and/or subscribing to this LOTR Collector Notes site to get automatic updates on what’s on sale next. Already listed or going up soon:

  • Proceedings of the JRR Tolkien Centenary Conference. A real rarity from 1992, with over 60 scholarly articles in 450+ pages.
  • Legolas notebook collection from NECA: three-ring binder, loose-leaf paper, and spiral-bound notebook.
  • Complete collection of all 6 official three-ring binders from Topps Lord of the Rings trading card sets from the movies.
  • LOTR Fan Club complete set of all 4 Limited Edition Lithographs: Balrog and  Cave Troll (only 1,500 of each produced), Sauron, and the Witch-King of Angmar (only 3,000 each).
  • LOTR Fan Club greeting card set (5 cards), and Fan Club mini-calendar.

I’ll likely be posting new items every few days or so. Auctions will include many hard-to-find individual items, complete sets, and mini-collections from a wide range of official/licensed merchandise, event memorabilia, and print materials.  I will be listing items from: press kits and promos movie and DVD release, invitations to premieres, LOTR Fan Club, LOTR stage musical, LOTR Exhibition, Japanese chirashi and program books, postcards, trading cards, toys, games, Decipher CCG and RPG.  Many of these have rarely been seen the past few years … so, this is a great opportunity to fill in your collection.

Thanks for visiting — Brad

Welcome to LOTR Collector Notes!

Welcome!

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 eventual 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.

HISTORY

  • Blog begun 2010.
  • Significant revision starting on September 22, 2012 (the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.)
  • Additional materials and images added starting in May 2014 as I continue to process the collection and auction off a major part of it on eBay.