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Re: What do people think of this item
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Ah, so you bought it, Trotter? And went with your instincts; well done!

I like this piece - I've not seen many of Tolkien's letters, so the salutation 'My dear Brian' - is new to me. I'm reminded of a letter to Rayner Unwin in which Tolkien comments that he was of a generation which used last names almost exclusively. Same with the signing off; 'yours ever' - a sign of a relaxation of formality in Tolkien's later years?

And I _love_ the sig. Never seen one quite like that before, with the dots almost forming a face; and the colour is very attractive, too. A nice piece!

Posted on: 2010/7/5 13:25


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Cool item, Trotter.
I'd have to agree with Garm: (still a little rich for my blood at the moment, though).

Posted on: 2010/7/5 12:34


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Thanks for your invaluable comments garm and Wayne & Christina.

I decided myself that my doubts were wrong and I bought the item

Dame Sirith is in Middle English (1275-1300) and I can recommend that you consult A Middle English (Glossary or Vocabulary) by J.R.R. Tolkien when reading it.

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=UH ... e&q=Dame%20Sirith&f=false

Posted on: 2010/7/5 10:41

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"The first UK seller to be prosecuted for artificially inflating prices by bidding on his own eBay auctions has been told to pay £5,000 in fines and costs, and ordered to do 250 hours community service."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/05/ebay_shill/

There is an eBay seller near Bournemouth that I really hope gets the same treatment.

Posted on: 2010/7/5 7:26

Edited by Trotter on 2010/7/5 10:56:41


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Tolkien was supplied this letterhead by Allen & Unwin, so that his correspondence would be channeled through them and he could keep his home address private. We've seen examples before. Also, the font matches that of Tolkien's usual typewriter of the period (but the deep indents suggest secretarial typing), and although the form of initials is unusual, we have no doubt that the handwriting is Tolkien's.

B.D.H. Miller was one of Tolkien's B.Litt. students, 1952-1956, working on the Middle English fabliau Dame Sirith - see Chronology, first reference p. 382, last p. 486.

Wayne & Christina

Posted on: 2010/7/5 5:23

Edited by Findegil on 2010/7/5 5:37:42



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