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Re: Festival in the Shire (August 2010)
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Issue Four of the Festival in the Shire Journal is now available

http://festivalintheshire.com/journal/index.html

"As I write this, I’ve not long returned from giving a talk on Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling and magical creatures as part of St George’s Day events in Lancaster. England’s national day celebrates a dragon-slayer! The occasion made me think once again how rich is the imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien. This new issue of the Journal reflects the plenitude of Tolkien’s invention – from demonic Balrogs to Tom Bombadil, “Master of wood, water and hill”. In this issue, visual artists, writers and scholars, all take part in what is a lively and continuing conversation about the creator of Middle-earth and his writings. Contributors range in age from a retired school headteacher to a primary (elementary) school pupil.

After this issue, I’ll be passing the privileged task of editing the Journal to the omni-capable Alex Lewis, a long-time friend who, as writer and scholar, has participated in the Tolkien fan community for many years. I’ll be staying on, however, as a consultant editor and hope to contribute to the Journal from time to time. Other pressing commitments take me from this task, including the completion of my next book!
As editor I’ve experienced once again astonishment at seeing how the work of a pipe-smoking, erudite scholar with an impatience over the increasing presence of Mordor in our midst has the power to bring together a rich diversity of people from around the planet – readers, writers, scholars and fan groups, audiences of many kinds, the young, the old, hobbits and elves. As editor, I’ve also enjoyed being able to write a very long sentence and getting away with it!

Colin Duriez"


I'm very jealous of Brian Sibley’s copy of “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil", a picture of which is included in his article and I also really like the Michael Hordern anecdote in the same article

Posted on: 2010/5/1 0:10

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Re: Simon and JRR photo
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I recently found another picture of Tolkien and his grandson (Simon) that I had not seen before from a BBC News article.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/breakfast/2804941.stm

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Posted on: 2010/4/30 21:46


Simon and JRR photo
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Don't know if you all caught the Huffington Post article written by Simon Tolkien talking about writing and a bit about his relationship with his grandfather.


I had a lot of fun times with my grandfather when I was a boy and went to stay with him and my grandmother for seaside holidays at the Miramar Hotel in Bournemouth on the south coast of England. We played endless word games and I asked him innumerable questions about Middle Earth and he was always kind and affectionate. I can close my eyes and see him now, wreathed in smoke like Gandalf as he lit his pipe with a flaring Swan Vesta match and spoke in a deep voice about dragons and dwarves. In the afternoons we went for long walks along the beach with the wind in our faces and he showed me just the right thin black stones for skimming out into the waves, and yet, however hard I tried, I never managed to skim mine as far as his, even though he was sixty-seven years older than me. But I know that this doesn't matter. I don't need to compete with my grandfather's legacy. Instead, now that I have something that I have created that I can be proud of myself, I can start being proud of being the grandson of a genius and rejoice in the fact that I may have inherited a few of his creative genes. Now I have come to terms with it, I realize it's a wonderful inheritance.


The really nice tidbit that was on the books page (now gone) was a photo of the two of them (attached here for those that missed it originally). Does anyone know where this has appeared before?

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Re: Looking for info on map/poster
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Thanks Garm! I will be fixing the page references and links to tidy up a bit later today I think.

And thanks as well Fangorn - for those interested, here is a link to Nigel Williams' internet presence:

http://www.nigelwilliams.com/booksearch

They use ILAB for their online catalog, and I have not figured out how to get a static link to a single catalog item at this time - you will have to use the search box on the link above to find the posters (they have a lot of Tolkien material right now, so it is well worth a browse if you have the time).

Posted on: 2010/4/29 11:18
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Re: Looking for info on map/poster
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HOEMM IF YOU ARE LOOKING THEM :
Posters (Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit).
Tolkien, J.R.R.
Bookseller: Nigel Williams Rare Books, ABA, ILAB
(London, United Kingdom)

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Book Description: 1969-70., 1969. Four posters depicting characters from The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. The two (slightly smaller) Hobbit posters are of Bilbo (clutching the One Ring and brandishing Sting in the centre of a large spider's web) and Gollum (crouched beneath an archway of stone, gnawing on a fish). The two Lord Of The Rings posters feature Shadowfax rearing on the banks of a raging torrent, and Gandalf standing before the gates of Moria. Some very slight creasing to edges of "Gollum" poster, otherwise the set is bright, colourful and extremely attractive. All of our books are first edition (UK) unless described otherwise. Bookseller Inventory # 45637
Price: US$ 2347.46

Posted on: 2010/4/29 9:05



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