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Ken Chaij
Pittsburgh, PA

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We just looked here and said "My Goodness! This guy has spent more money on Tolkien stuff than your average chicken farmer makes in a lifetime! What a fan!!!
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Here's what I have or have done. You decide if I'm the biggest fan. You mentioned a room dedicated to my Tolkien stuff, and as a matter of fact that is the case. My basement has the maps (two in tubes and two sold as fold-ups at bookstores) that I've bought and the three bookshelves full of every book I could lay my hands on (complete list below).
  1. The Lord of the Rings (1982)
  2. The Lord of the Rings (red box edition)
  3. The Lord of the Rings (1999)
  4. The Lord of the Rings (Illustrated by Lee)
  5. The Hobbit (1982)
  6. The Hobbit (gold box edition)
  7. The Hobbit (Illustrated by Lee)
  8. The Silmarillion (3 copies)
  9. The History of Middle-earth (1-12 hardback)
  10. The Lost Road (HOME #5)
  11. The Monsters & the Critics (first printing)
  12. Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo
  13. The Smith of Wooton Major (2 copies)
  14. Farmer Giles of Ham (2 copies)
  15. Unfinished Tales (2 copies)
  16. Atlas of Middle-earth
  17. The Tolkien Compass (first printing)
  18. The Hobbit (illustrated movie edition)
  19. The Annotated Hobbit (first printing)
  20. J.R.R. Tolkien Biography
  21. Master of Middle-earth
  22. The Languages of Middle-earth (Ruth Noel)
  23. The Tolkien Reader
  24. Bilbo's Last Song
  25. The Road Goes Ever On
  26. J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
  27. The Road to Middle-earth
  28. The Tolkien Companion
  29. Mastworks Studies — The Hobbit — A Journey Into Maturity
  30. Finn & Hengest — The Fragment and the Episode
  31. Defending Middle-earth
  32. Tolkien's Ring
  33. Tolkien's World
  34. J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator
  35. Realms of Tolkien
  36. Roverandom
  37. A Reader's Guide to the Silmarillion
  38. Scholarship & Fantasy: The Tolkien Phenomenon
  39. The Mythology of Middle-earth
  40. Journeys of Frodo
  41. An Introduction to Elvish
  42. The J.R.R. Tolkien Handbook
  43. The Middle-earth Quiz Book
  44. Writers & Their Works: J.R.R. Tolkien
  45. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth (3 copies)
  46. J.R.R. Tolkien: Poems and Stories
  47. The Lord of the Rings — A Reader's Companion
  48. The Tolkien Quiz Book
  49. Tolkien: A Critical Assessment
  50. Myth Maker — J.R.R. Tolkien
  51. J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle-earth
  52. A Look Behind the Lord of the Rings
  53. Understanding Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings
  54. The Tolkien Quiz Book (different from the one listed above with same name)
  55. Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien
  56. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
  57. Mr. Bliss
  58. Beowulf — The Monsters and the Critics: Sir Israel Gollancz Lecture
  59. The Tolkien Bestiary
  60. A Tolkien Thesaurus
  61. Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia
  62. The Father Christmas Letters
  63. The Hobbit Companion
  64. The Lord of the Rings Address Book (2 different printings)
  65. The Hobbit Birthday Book
  66. Poems from the Lord of the Rings (Illustrated by Lee)
  67. Tolkien Diary (2 different years)
  68. The Lord of the Rings Cliff Notes
  69. The Lord of the Rings Monarch Notes
  70. The Hobbit Comic book
  71. J.R.R. Tolkien: Centenary Conference Proceedings
My desk, also located in the basement, has the Tolkien documentary video, every back issue of fanzines I could still buy from the Tolkien Society in England, the American Tolkien Society, and from E.L.F.
Lead figures (Mithril), painted and unpainted, along with all the MERP gaming modules that came out in the 1980s (ie. Moria, Northern Mirkwood, etc.). I have patches and a lapel pin from the Tolkien Society in England.
CD recording of the Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and the Lord of the Rings (BBC recording for the last two). I also have the Audio Collection by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Lord of the Rings (cassette) as performed by the author.
Cassette recordings of the Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion (BBC).
Downloaded fonts to my computer from Dan Smith's page and the Tengwar Generator to use for writing letters to friends.
I bought a Swavoroski crystal egg just to use in a MERP game to represent one of the Silmarils.
The complete first Middle-earth CCG, including four cards signed by the artists as well as nearly complete sets for all the other CCG sets issued.
I have had 7 poems published back in the mid 1990s by the American Tolkien Society.
I have also just finished work on a Sindarin Lexicon that took 5 years to put together and has almost 3,000 line items to it, and will have it published by the Tolkien Society in England this coming September 22nd.
Two siamese cats are named Beren (Chocolate point) and Luthien (Blue point).
My last car license plate was: 9 NAZGUL.
I wear a gold ring simply because it is my own personal One Ring (and no, there is no inscription, since I'm not Sauron).
A recording of the songs in RGEO performed by my brother-in-law with piano accompaniment as well as a voice recording of an interview with Professor Tolkien done years ago. I have a tape of songs that I have burned onto CD for my computer so I can listen to them in my car or at work.
A computer game called The Fellowship of the Ring (even though it never works on the computer and knew that before purchase).
10 years worth of calendars.
A Tolkien notepad, pen, coffee mug, and name stickers for the inside cover of books
Bilbo Baggins (a matchbook from a restaurant located at: 208 Queen Street. Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314)
The Lord of the Rings Movie by Bakshi
The Nature of Evil by W. H. Auden
Visited Oxford England just to see the grave-site and stop in at "The Bird & the Babe"
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