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With a collection spanning in excess of 500 pieces, a question often asked is what Nazgul's favourite items are. And the answer will come back that it's virtually impossible to choose just a handful given the wealth of material on offer. However, as it's a special occasion and since we've not done a post like it for some time, here is something slightly different: Nazgul's Top 5 most expensive items from the extensive Castle vaults, based upon items already featured in the Blog (this caveat becomes relevant when you understand that Nazgul recently dropped over 450 Euros to collect a particular set of items from Hugin, but as I've not posted about them yet I'm holding them for future updates, hence their exclusion!!)
Slightly inhibited by an imperfect memory (some of these purchases were 4 or 5 years ago now) and a need to protect any remaining tatters of my credibility by not recording the actual prices paid, let's just say that the items are featured in ascending order and each piece will have cost in excess of *gulp* €50. It may be that the odd item should have crept into this list and has been temporarily forgotten, but what the heck, let's roll the dice anyway and see what comes up:
#5 - Dieu Du Tonnere [Bonemachine]
A lot of money to pay for a card-shaped 3"CD in a large cardboard box, but as a limited edition of 5 copies this was quite a pricey thing back in the day. To be fair, it's the one and only copy that I've ever seen so that in one sense justifies the premium unless, God forbid, that this is ever re-released! The title refers to the God of Thunder, who in Germanic mythology is of course Gene Simmons...oh no, hang on, I mean Thor!
#4 - Vogelfrei wooden-box [Bonemachine]
A second Bonemachine item in this list, you cry - Nazgul, what gives!? Well, look at the quality of this box-set, and it's hard to deny that it certainly is worth a good price for the work that's gone into it. Being a band unlikely to sell a lorry-load of copies you can also see why the label upped the price on this one too, just to cover costs. Comparing this to equivalent box-sets that you see on the internet for other obscure bands this probably works out as pretty fair value at the end of the day, and you end up with a four-disc set of material to enjoy as well.
#3 - March To War 12" vinyl [Uruk Hai]
This was another die-hard collectors release of just 5 copies, but as the songs were readily available across a number of Uruk Hai releases the incentive for purchase is less the content and more the concept. It's rare for Hugin to make vinyl releases, and rarer still for them to be Uruk Hai related. Worth the money? As an investment for the future probably not, but as a way to support the artist - definitely!
#2 - Darkness box-set [Uruk Hai]
Another box-set, and Uruk Hai once again. Containing the entire Darkness saga (or is it.....a new box-set reissue rather casts doubt on this?!) plus some goodies from the fertile imagination of Mr Wieser. I know of at least one fellow collector who rues the missed chance to have purchased this item, deterred by strict Californian legislation prohibiting the importation of fruit, vegetables and the like into the State and the prospect of his purchase being impounded if discovered. Bummer!
#1 - Another Time wooden-box [Bonemachine]
Bizarrely, given the extensive range of releases in the collection, this is still the single most expensive item purchased. Additionally, the cost was compounded by the expense of having to get it shipped with recorded delivery from Brazil, with extra import duties to pay on it once it had cleared Customs & Excise (bah!) on it's way to the Castle. The things you do to maintain a collection. Again, however, Nazgul has yet to see another for sale although we've been lucky enough - through the goodwill of Blog readers once again, plus the splendid folks at The Eastern Front label - to see some of the other unique badges that each of the 7 boxes contained.
Of course, having taken the trouble to compile this list it's now a certainty that some other desirable release will appear with an even higher price that blows a hole in the order above,but if nothing else it keeps collecting interesting!
To finish, the big question: can there possibly be enough to keep Honour and Darkness busy for another 3 and a half years?! Well, assuming that it's 'business as usual' at W.A.R.Productions and Hugin maintains his voracious release schedule then it's entirely possible, and I hope that you will continue to join me on the journey. Of course, Castle Nazgul may well go bankrupt in the interim trying to keep up with it all, but it's a risk worth taking!
In the meantime, to spread the good word still further, if every current reader recommended this Blog to just two friends then between us we will generate yet more interest in Hugin's music, which has to be a good result.
Thanks for reading, thanks for your support, and see you in August for post #501...