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Re: The Devils Coach Horses
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Hi laurel.

I hadn't heard that The Devil's Coach-horses had anything to do with balrogs; though in his book 'The Road to Middle earth', Prof.Tom Shippey speculates something of the kind, to do with another of Tolkien's writings: Sigelwara land, in Medum Aevum (1932, 1934).

The Devil's Coach-horses was first published in 'The Review of English Studies Vol.I, no.3, (Sidgewick and Jackson, July 1925). There's also an off-print; is this the one you have?

There was also one dated 1925, printed by Edwards Bros, Jersey, but acording to Hammond's bibliography, this is printed in Monotype Bembo , which was not cut till 1929.

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Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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To my knowledge, Wayne and Christina remain the best authorities on Tolkien and his life. As they observe, "We too have significant doubts about the 'Higgins' letters. We've seen no evidence of Higgins, as Tolkien's doctor, friend, or otherwise, outside of the letters offered on eBay."

Collector, if you have further evidence that could prove otherwise, I'd be more than interested in what you might have to say.

Posted on: 2009/11/16 11:13


The Devils Coach Horses
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Hello all
My first posting so here goes.

One of the stars in my collection is a 1925 copy of The Devils Coach Horses. It is a great read although I have to store safely as so delicate. I have tried to do some research into it as a friend told me it was partially this writing that inspired Tolkien to create the Balrog.

Does anyone know anything more about this or can point me in the right direction. Thanks

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Re: Tolkien Signatures on eBay???
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Hello collector .Welcome to the forum.
I am sorry but you have missed the point here. We know Tolkien went on holiday to Milford and doctor was Higgins at one stage in life but why would he write letters, not post them and then leave in the loft so his cleaner/ friends could gather just before house was demolished, along with signed books? Or was the signed Hobbit recently sold by said seller a 'sleeper' book- i just cant remeber his story changed that much!
How are you so sure they are original ? You sound very informative ? Have you done deep study on it?

Posted on: 2009/11/16 10:06



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