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Re: Forthcoming Hilary Tolkien book
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I had a small involvement with this book - helping transcribe the text and checking facts, so I can give you a few more details.

The main text comes from notes made by Hilary Tolkien in a small notebook. When the notes were made is uncertain - definitely after WW2, but possibly as late as the 1970s. Personally I think that they date from when Humphrey Carpenter was researching the JRRT biography in 1974-5. Hilary's grandson Chris Tolkien has consented to the notebook being published in an illustrated form.

The notes are a series of reminiscences covering various times from the 1890s in Sarehole to life during the second world war. I won't spill all the beans here, but the first tale is about the ogres mentioned in Carpenter's biography. There are plenty of little nuggets in there that should delight the JRRT fan, as I was reading I was constantly thinking 'that must be so-and-so...' and 'that must be when JRRT was at...'. It should be a fascinating book.

The book also includes a brief biography of Hilary which contains some interesting letters and photographs. I'll ask the publisher if it is ok to publish a few scans here, of the cover, etc. Jef's artwork is wonderful.

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Re: 1982 Super Deluxe Silmarillion Question
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Thanks, Wayne. Your research is simply outstanding. Sometimes I just can't believe the details that you (and Christina, of course) dig up.

I guess that's all that needs said about why the book is more valuable than the 87 Super Hobbit. I am still not sure about $2400 pricing, but I suppose if someone is willing to pay that much, then it is worth that much. Such is the free market.

Posted on: 2008/12/30 23:29


Re: Super Deluxe Children of Hurin - Great Price for U.S. Collectors!
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Turin, I think that's a good deal. I'm still a bit upset about missing the 20% off by a matter of days. I did get 10% off, so it isn't too bad. (I did try to contact HC twice about a possible price guarantee/price match, but never got a response - great customer service HC! )

I cannot say where the market for this book will go in the near future. I would like to think that it might double or triple. The price certainly won't change much until all copies are sold out. However, I think that Christopher Tolkien's signature, plus the very nice leather binding on the book should make for an attractive collectible in the future.

Please do post the limitation numbers on your books once you receive them. (Also, just so you don't panic, my books actually took 12 business days to arrive. They may have been delayed in customs or something.)

Posted on: 2008/12/30 23:24


Re: Super Deluxe Children of Hurin - Great Price for U.S. Collectors!
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Alp,

Couldn't pass up that 20% Signed Limited Deluxe Children of Hurin discount coupon of yours, thx friend.

Placed an order for 2 copies this day (keep one, sell one strategy). The 20% discount should help move the remaining copies along, I know it's motivated me. Should prove to be interesting to see where the numbers are when mine arrives. Will post #'s when they arrive in 7-10 days, perhaps less. High numbers will be better than no numbers.

$1,033.00 -20% = $826.40 / 2 = $413.20 per copy.

Per copy savings = $103.30. $206.60 realized for the two, not too shabby..!

The savings is sweet,,, still.. it's well over $400 a book, a little on the stiff side, but should double/triple in the next 5 years on the weight of the signatures alone. Not to mention that the CoH is a destined classic in it's own rite... ever bring CoH to the big screen.. it'll smash all the records (IMHO).

CoH was a great read, this deluxe edition with two great signatures make it a great collectible, am pleased to add it to my collection.

TT

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Re: 1982 Super Deluxe Silmarillion Question
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Many thanks for this, Wayne - fascinating information.

- wellinghall

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