Friday Face Off - Old and Worn

      

The Friday Face Off meme created was by Books by Proxy and is now hosted by Lynn’s Books.  


Its a great way to show some of your favourite book covers. The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme, choose a book and compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite!  Up to date list of themes at Lynn’s Books

This weeks theme: Old and Worn, Ruin and Derelict

I decided instead of showing covers to just show one book, it’s old and worn (just like it’s owner) and I bought it with my wages from my part time job back in 1993.  The book is The Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring and it is the UK Tolkien centenary edition.  I bought it after reading The Hobbit in my English class and was attracted to the sheer girth of it!  

As you can see from my photos I had a habit back then of claiming my book by writing my name in it.  I find it strange after 18 years married to see my maiden name written down!  You can also see I went doodling on the book too.  Things that these days I would consider a crime!  

I love the fact this book is rough around the edges because it shows it has been read, which it has many many times.  This book started my love of LOTR and to this day the first meeting with the Black Riders still gives me goosebumps.  

I bought the other two volumes in the series with this cover too, can I just say I love that cover, if you zoom in you should see Gandalf and the Hobbits.

I did a few years back buy a beautiful rune bedecked red version of the book which contains all three volumes.  The sizes renders it a bit of pain to read but it looks nice!  I also own a kindle version too, just in case!

I never tire of this book, it was the first book I was truly enthralled with and I remember clearly giving my mum a review of it!



28 comments

  1. I love this! None of my books look like this, but I really love seeing books that are worn and clearly treasured. My parents weren't big on books or reading, so I don't have anything from my childhood, although my kids already have their own little libraries. :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. Thanks Lindsi! I have another couple not quite as old that aren’t far off this one. I’m always a little scared to read it in case it falls apart.

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  2. I also think that worn books show they are well-loved!

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  3. I love this, Heather! I used to write my name in books too, and unfortunately I did that with some old Stephen King books that would probably be valuable now - except I wrote my name in them😬

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    1. Oh no! But I’m glad to hear it wasn’t just me who wrote in them!

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  4. That's one well-loved book! It's always nice to have special copies like that - ones that have a history and meaning behind them.

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    1. Totally, I remember going back to the bookstore after I’d read this to pick up the next two books. Hopefully it’ll last another twenty odd years!

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  5. Ha! Looks like the cover of my copy of The Mists of Avalon.

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    1. My mum had some books that she’d read so much they were in bits and she would still read them!

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  6. Hi Heather! I did the same as you! Just picked one book and posted a couple of photos. I can see that is a much loved and well read version!

    I've promised one of the kids at school that we can do a buddy read of Lord of the Rings this year. Will try to get to it next term!

    Have a good weekend!

    Elza Reads

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    1. Fab, I’ll have a look at your post during my weekend visiting!

      A buddy read sounds great, I’d love to be able to go back in time and enjoy reading it from scratch again!

      Have a good weekend too!

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  7. Ahh, phenomenal choice. I also could never tire of this book.
    Lynn :D

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  8. Oh, I love worn books! I have several myself. I have some I've had to replace with newer versions because they're falling apart, but I still keep the originals. ;)

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    1. Me too, I couldn’t dream of parting with it, I actually saw online a site that mounted books in to Perspex frames, I may do that with it!

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  9. I remember hearing Greg H., a boy who rode my bus, catch us all up on The Hobbit. His fifth grade teacher was reading it aloud to his class, and we were eager to hear the next chapter while we waited for the bus.

    The Hobbit has always been one of my favorites.

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    1. That sounds great, I’d love to go back to read it all for the first time again.

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  10. Mine is Twilight. Lol. Seriously read it years and years ago and read it multiple times, so it looks ragged. Lol.

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    1. I still remember the first time I read that, it was awesome!

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  11. Wow, love this! Such an well-loved copy. I even love your notation in the book!

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  12. Well worn but very much loved! I still have my dad's copy of the trilogy from the 70's and they are in pretty good nick really.

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