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Re: Companion and Guide - Reader's Guide
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It makes waiting for The History of the Hobbit all the harder!

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Oh, very nice! Just love the buttons... If i have time i think i'm going to build a small collection of those.

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Re: TOLKIEN CALENDAR COLLECTING
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I'm trying to get my new house ready to move and have a full time job and a family with 4 kids... not a lot of time left to actually do a lot. I also think it is very silent all over. On ebay i just saw a 1st / 1st fellowship sell for 100 GBP; that is a nice indicator. Interest and activity in the field of Tolkien has slowed down a lot. Think winter is the reason...

Posted on: 2007/2/5 1:20


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I do have some proof copies, .. and have been in contact with Toady. Have been tracking down another proof copy of Lord of the Rings which has been sold on ebay for 7000 USD about 5 years ago. I found the buyer and hope to receive info and pictures.

I do own a proof copy of The Hobbit (66 edition) and I know another proof copy for the hobbit (this time for longmans edition)... I have pictures of it.

Then I know a seller Lucius books has one for sale and normally Simon Finch, Ken Lopez and a seller called Biblioctopus have sold them in the past. I even think that Simon Finch must still have a complete set... I should write him.

Posted on: 2007/2/5 1:15


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I'm also VERY fond of chronology... truly wonderfull book. Sad that i could not spent a lot of time with the Companion yet, allthough it has been very handy to look up things. Still i'm hoping to find enough time to read all that is in there...

I only see some minor flaws (my point of view). First I only see Tolkien's bright side and he is alwaysed described from his nicest angle. While there are many questions about Tolkien as a teacher, to make an example. I do not find anything on these minor points. It is truly made by fans, but it makes me question the objectivity of the book.
Secondly I miss some references to other books which are not in English. For example when mentioning photographs of Tolkien with Simonne D'Ardenne there is only mentioned The Tolkien Family Album, while I know the Johan Vanhecke has some more in his book (and had it sent to Wayne and Christina); why not mention this also - there are some unusual photos in there but is in Dutch. Is this the way all documents are treated?

For the rest i'm very happy and can only cheer! The book is truly the ultimate resource. I'm happy that the authors when not having absolute answers (for example how the Hobbit started, how the document made it to the printers); we then get all possible solutions and suggestions. At first I expected to receive all answers in this book. But now appreciate it very much that all possibilities are set one next to the other without choosing paths. It leaves us with questions, but it is better and more objectif (or shall i say scientific). The book is full of details and the research for this book must have been enormous. You can feel it when reading through the two volumes. Sometimes it is a day by day guide of Tolkien, sometimes it is a long list of possibilities, sometimes it gives very detailled info on a variety of topics, sometimes it is even very funny and makes you laugh or feel sad. If a scientific book can still move the reader then I would say the authors have succeeded to put the live of a person on paper!

Posted on: 2007/2/5 1:09



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