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Letter explaining creation of Estella Brandybuck up for auction on October 22

September 30, 2015 — Submitted by Urulöké

Estella Bolger Letter
By request I am republishing this article from The Tolkien Society below - this is an interesting little piece of the creation of the history of Middle-earth, in Tolkien's own handwriting.

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are auctioning a letter which explains the creation of Estella Brandybuck née Bolger, the wife of Meriadoc Brandybuck, on the 22nd October 2015.

When The Return of the King was published in 1955, Tolkien created Appendix C which did not contain a wife for Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry). In the Note on the Text by Douglas Anderson in recent published copies of The Lord of the Rings, Douglas wrote "Soon after this he sent a small number of further revisions to Ballantine for the appendices, including the now well-known addition of ‘Estella Bolger’ as wife of Meriadoc in the family trees in Appendix C."

Additional information on Estella Bolger is given in note one of The Family Trees chapter of The Peoples of Middle-earth (edited by Christopher Tolkien) "On one of his copies of the First Edition he added to the genealogy of the Tooks… ‘Estella’ as the sister of Fredegar and her birth-date 1385; and to the Brandybuck genealogy he added to Meriadoc ‘= Estella Bolger 1385’, noting beside this that he told a correspondent in 1965 that ‘I believe he married a sister of Fredegar Bolger of the Bolgers of Budgeford’."

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are auctioning the letter mentioned in The Peoples of Middle-earth on the 22nd October 2015 in their 20th Century Books and Works on Paper sale in London.

The auction gives some additional detail on how Tolkien created the character of Estella. The letter was dictated, typed and signed by Tolkien’s secretary of the time, Baillie Knapheis, and the typed text stated "Your question about who Merry married is an interesting one, but unfortunately the answer is not recorded."

While the letter was being typed Tolkien appears to have decided that the answer should be recorded i.e. Merry should be married and that a suitable candidate would be the sister of one of Merry’s best friends, Fredegar (Fatty) Bolger.

Tolkien came up with the name, Estella and also added her to the Bolger and Brandybuck family trees in The Lord of the Rings. Estella’s name was also underlined, indicating that she had been a guest at Bilbo’s party. Due to various publication problems, Estella has only recently appeared in all copies of the Appendix C of The Return of the King.

The Landscapes of Middle-earth - Announcing the Beyond Bree Calendar for 2016

September 14, 2015 — Submitted by Urulöké

Farewell Frodo by Jian Guo Beyond Bree 2016

I must say that I have to now get a copy of the Chinese Lord of the Rings with the cover art pictured above by Jian Guo, it is just stunning! Of course, I will (again) be getting this edition of the Beyond Bree calendar as they are always well constructed, well edited, and full of beautiful art work year in and year out. These are published in small numbers, so get your pre-order in as soon as you can.

Press release:

Take a journey through the Landscapes of
Middle-earth with the

Beyond Bree Calendar for 2016

Beyond Bree celebrates its 35th anniversary
with fantastic art from around the world.

Come delight to the works of your favorite artists such as Anke Eissmann, Tim Kirk,
Octo Kwan, Ruth Lacon, Jef Murray, Gordon Palmer, Ted Nasmith, and Colin Williams.
Thrill as we introduce new artists Joe Gilronan and Glenn Hernandez. And help us
welcome our special guest artist Jian Guo, cover illustrator of Wen Jing Publishing's
Chinese language edition of Lord of the Rings (pictured above) as we travel through
the landscapes of JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth!

The colour and black & white calendar will measure 11 x 8 ½ inches, opening to 11 x 17 inches.
Pricing: $20 plus shipping, USA $2.00, the rest of the World $5.00. Please inquire for larger
orders. For PayPal orders please add $1.00. Send PayPal payments (in US dollars) to:
beyondbree@yahoo.com Send check or postal money order (in US dollars, drawn on a US
bank) payable to: Nancy Martsch, PO Box 55372, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413, USA. You may
send currency, at your own risk, in a sturdy envelope. For more information, please e-mail:

The Shire and Mordor by T Kirk Beyond Bree 2016

[The Shire and Mordor by Tim Kirk]

Download the full color flyer here

Oxonmoot Sep 10-13 2015 - This Weekend

September 8, 2015 — Submitted by Urulöké

Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this weekend's Oxonmoot (sadly, I have never managed to be in the UK during a Tolkien related event - something I hope to fix some day soon!) I hope those of you have a great time, and share some experiences here if you can.

Here is the full press release from Shaun at the Tolkien Society:

The Tolkien Society’s annual Oxonmoot event is due to take place at St Antony’s College, Oxford this weekend with record attendance.This year will be The Tolkien Society's 42nd Oxonmoot – taking place from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September – and will include talks and panels, friendly discussion, quizzes, an art exhibition, a masquerade, and a party including a traditional ceilidh! The weekend concludes, as always, with Enyalie, a ceremony of remembrance at Tolkien’s grave in Wolvercote Cemetery on Sunday morning. This year's Oxonmoot takes place in the run up to the anniversary of the 60th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings. The Return of the King was first published on the 20th October 1955 and has become one of the world's most popular books: The Lord of the Rings has been translated into over 50 languages and estimates put sales at over 150 million copies worldwide.

Founded in 1969 by Vera Chapman, The Tolkien Society is an educational charity and literary society with the aim of promoting the life and works with J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien himself supported the organisation and gave it his seal of approval by agreeing to become The Tolkien Society's President. On Tolkien's death the family recommended he stay as President, so, to this day, he remains The Tolkien Society's Honorary President in perpetuo. The Society has over a thousand members and hosts events up and down the country every week.

Shaun Gunner, Chairman of The Tolkien Society, said: "Oxonmoot always takes place in September to coincide with the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo, but this year we have a record number of attendees coming to St Antony’s College to enjoy the longest-running Tolkien event in the world." He added, "Oxonmoot has been going for over 40 years and provides an excellent opportunity for hundreds of fans from around the world to come together for a weekend of fun and fellowship in Oxford, a location so important to Tolkien."

w: www.tolkiensociety.org
f: facebook.com/TheTolkienSociety
t: @TolkienSociety

Trotter: The Society have uploaded a video created for the event

Writer Brian Sibley sends his best wishes to Oxonmoot 2015, and shares some of his stories, artwork, and Tolkien books. 

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