At long last, I finally have my own set of Tolkien books. I know, you're wanting to ask me how I called myself a Tolkien fan and yet didn't own the books, but I do have an excuse. I have read them all several times, and I am sure that our local library will now be relieved to not have me checking them all out every few months. My mom and I happened to stop by a thrift store the other day on the way back from my class at a junior college. My mom went in first, and I walked along the side of the store for a bit to find a garbage can to throw my apple core into. I happened to look into the window, and saw, on a small table, a complete set of The Hobbit, and the three LOTR books. I am glad there were not many people in the store, because I raced in there more quickly than I should have and, had it been busy, I might have knocked someone over in my haste. ;)
Back to the books - they were a boxed set, and still had the plastic wrapping on. Now my thinking is, they were given as a gift to someone who liked the movies but was not a reader. So these poor books were sitting in a closet for who knows how long, and all that while being wasted. Finally, that uneducated person who knew nothing of how amazing these books are, decided to just take them with their other donations to the thrift store. And what a blessing it is that they did! For less than 45% of the suggested retail price, I now have a new and complete set of The Hobbit and LOTR books. I had really been wanting hardcover, but I will settle for these until I miraculously have enough money that I don't feel bad about spending so much as a hardcover set costs. (That was meant to be funny).
Aren't they just gorgeous? I can't wait to read them all once more when I get back from Mexico. I actually already started The Hobbit; I couldn't help myself. They're just SO good!