Two of the greatest powers in the world?Morgoth, of the utmost evil, and Ulmo, the Lord of Waters, battle over the city of Gondolin?a beautiful but undiscovered realm peopled by Noldorian Elves. 250,000 first printing.
New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.