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Re: Ebay Signature & Sketch
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Here is an image of the centerpiece of my Tolkien collection. This is a letter typed and signed by Tolkien to a little girl in 1964. The little girl was Lisa Gell-mann, daughter of Murray Gell-mann (the 1969 Nobel Prize winner in physics). I contacted Dr. Gell-mann about this letter and he actually responded to me saying his daughter had lost the letter at Princeton University in the late sixties. I bought the letter from a person who found it in a box in an attic at Princeton several years ago. The letter is on Tolkien's private Basildon Bond stationary and includes the original post marked envelope.

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Posted on: 2009/7/14 7:31


Re: Ebay Signature & Sketch
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Thanks Andrew.

Posted on: 2009/7/14 7:21


Re: Ebay Signature & Sketch
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Have a look at this article on the Tolkien Library.

http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/fascimilesignatures.htm

This particular 'signature' has far to many problems even after the main issue which is that you should be very skeptical of any signature that has no provenance.

Here are a few, the dots under the signature are in the wrong place and the final dot after his name is missing. The dots are to signify abbreviation so Tolkien took care to put them in the right place i.e. after his initials (J.R.R.), this 'signature' has a dot after the T of Tolkien.

The flourish under the signature is not his usual style and if you look at it carefully it has gaps in it. Tolkien would have drawn it as one line (no gaps) and finally all the letters are wrong (the J is very bad, the i does not have a dot. There is no gap between the R and the T.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/7/13 21:27


Re: Ebay Signature & Sketch
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I'm glad I discovered this forum as I was one of the bidders for this item and was going to try to win it in the morning. Just curious, but what is it about the signature that raises alarm bells?

Thanks, Jim.

Posted on: 2009/7/13 20:16


Re: A simple question about a poem's title
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It's Old, not Middle, English. More specifically, it's line 3052 of Beowulf, which Tolkien himself translated as "the gold of men of long ago enmeshed in enchantment" (Letters, #235).

Posted on: 2009/7/13 8:36
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