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Re: Blogpost - The Tolkien Industry by Jack Ross
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I quite enjoyed reading that little article, and I think his points are all fairly sound. I must admit, I do despair when I see yet another book of Tolkien criticism show up on Amazon. I really think that everything worth saying has largely been said, and that examining anyone's life and works to the degree that seems to have been done for JRRT produces some fairly dull - and fundamentally rather pointless commentary (which often seems to say more about the author than anything else).

If half the effort was put into creating something new and original, rather than treading and re-treading paths that are worn very, very thin, the world would be a richer place, methinks.

I think he might be being a bit harsh on HoME, although I think perhaps 6 volumes would have been sufficient (with 3 dedicated to LoTR) to provide all of the information necessary for all but the most obsessed. It may be that I'm not really the target audience (and so I don't fully relate to it), or it may be that HoME just got a bit out of hand. Probably a bit of both.

I do think there is a danger in publishing every last word that Tolkien wrote, because some of it was undoubtedly rubbish that should have been left on the cutting-room floor, and I agree with author that we probably haven't seen the last of it...

Posted on: 2009/6/21 22:59


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Looking forward very much to receiving this!

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Posted on: 2009/6/21 19:25


Blogpost - The Tolkien Industry by Jack Ross
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Interesting article on Tolkien editions, collecting and criticism.

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His most noticeable legacy, unfortunately, seems to be a ragtag and bobtail (to use a Tolkienian term) of mostly American scholars who specialise in ever more recondite and fatuous explorations of the implications of the papers and manuscripts which Tolkien himself sold them so long ago.
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http://books.scoop.co.nz/2009/06/16/the-tolkien-industry/

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I have a copy of this to dispose of. It is the 1940 Clark Hall edition, ie the first with Tolkein's preface. No jacket, worn boards, some pencil annotations, binding sound. I'm interested in offers above £35 plus p&p.

If anyone is interested, let me know, and I can send you some photos (although these will take a few days to arrange, as I'm away from home at the moment). My email is andrew at avro 707 dot force9 dot co dot uk.

- wellinghall

Posted on: 2009/6/13 23:54


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From an email I got from HC:

The exclusive collector's leather-bound edition has been a great success with Tolkien fans, as expected, and there's still time for you to get your copy at our special introductory price of just £250. As with all good things this offer won't last for much longer and will revert to the R.R.P. of £350 at midnight on 30th June 2009, so make sure you don't miss this great opportunity!


I expect it will be discounted by up to 30% from the GBP350 in the future (as happened with CoH SD), but it may be that GBP250(ish) is as good a price as will come along for this any time soon.

Posted on: 2009/6/11 22:32



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