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Re: Sigurd and Gudrun Deluxe
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What a fantastically interesting idea Trotter. Remove the "fans" though. The Commitee of Tolkien Book Collectors sounds better; or perhaps The Council of Tolkien Book Collectors; or The Tolkien Book Collectors Guild...

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Posted on: 2009/5/8 7:36
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Re: Sigurd and Gudrun Deluxe
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It looks like the final version does incorporate the same flat spine and thinner slipcase boards as the TftPR. Judging from Trotter's photos, I would guess that it was put together by the same binders as the TftPR. Can this be confirmed?


Yes it is Clays who also printed TftPR.

Do you think that Harper Collins needs to hear some feedback regarding their photos? It seems that they consistently release photos of their new deluxe editions that are slightly misleading. I know that many were disappointed when the Super Deluxe CoH did not really look like the photos they posted, and the photos for this book in particular, might deter people who want it to match the rest of their set (not realizing, of course, that it really does match). I know that there are always clammorings for 'sneak-peeks' at the new editions, but if I were David Brawn, I would not release marketing photos until I had something that was accurately representative.


What they have done again makes no sense at all, the current tolkien.co.uk web site shows an incorrect picture of the Deluxe Edition of the book, I could probably sue HarperCollins in respect of the book that I have received does not match the picture on the web site. It is much better but?

If anyone reading this has any HC contacts, I have already suggested that they set up a commitee of Tolkien Fans (from this board) which they speak to about new issues, the web site tolkien.co.uk (which is very poor, how to improve, etc.) and anything else, I really think that having feedback from 100% Tolkien Fans would help the company.

I wish someone from HarperCollins would post on this board to discuss the issues that are raised.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/5/8 6:53


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One more thought..... from a discussion earlier in this thread.

It looks like the final version does incorporate the same flat spine and thinner slipcase boards as the TftPR. Judging from Trotter's photos, I would guess that it was put together by the same binders as the TftPR. Can this be confirmed?

Posted on: 2009/5/8 5:28


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Great photos, Trotter. I have been curious to see the book, but have to wait a few more days for mine to arrive in the US. Amazon.co.uk says not until May 15, but I am hopeful it will be at least a little earlier. Anyway, thanks for posting!

I'm relieved to see that it matches the other books better than had been expected. Do you think that Harper Collins needs to hear some feedback regarding their photos? It seems that they consistently release photos of their new deluxe editions that are slightly misleading. I know that many were disappointed when the Super Deluxe CoH did not really look like the photos they posted, and the photos for this book in particular, might deter people who want it to match the rest of their set (not realizing, of course, that it really does match). I know that there are always clammorings for 'sneak-peeks' at the new editions, but if I were David Brawn, I would not release marketing photos until I had something that was accurately representative.

Posted on: 2009/5/8 5:23


Tolkien letter on Ebay
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I saw this item on Ebay and it is not a published letter in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, no doubts in this case that it is a genuine letter.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Tolkien-Signed- ... |301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50

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PROFESSOR J.R.R. TOLKIEN
Oxford 61639

76 SANDFIELD ROAD
HEADINGTON
OXFORD
August 10th. 1964.

Dear Miss Ward,
My secretary has just discovered your letter of March 23rd. I am sorry that you have been treated with such discourtesy. I was away from March 12 to April 2, but the letter was not forwarded as it should have been. I was taken ill while away, and was out of action during April, and also without a secretary. My correspondence got into great confusion.
I am delighted to hear of your great enjoyment of my book. As for Television, however, I am personally averse to dramatizations of my work, especially of The Lord of the Rings, which is too long for reproduction without severe cutting and editing; in my view destructive, or at best severely damaging to a complicated but closely-woven story. But in such matters the interests of my publishers must be considered. They are in any case primarily concerned in all questions of reproduction by any process (vide the copyright notice).
I think they would be willing to consider proposals for television especially when the plan had proceeded at least as far as an outline of the proposed treatment. If your enthusiasm has not been chilled by my silence, or this reply, and you still think of going further with your ides (sic), I think you should approach Messrs Allen and Unwin in the first instance.
At the moment I am trying to complete work for an overdue contract, and since I am nevertheless obliged to go away till the end of this month, I shall have no time to spare for some weeks. Of course if there is a prospect of a television plan being agreed, I should desire very much to see you and consult you later.

Yours sincerely,

J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted on: 2009/5/7 23:41



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