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Re: Tolkien's Birthday
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Thanks, Trotter, for the post. Raise a glass (I have a very nice single malt in mind!) this evening to the eleventy ninth birthday of the man who made all of this possible.

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Tolkien's Birthday [Eleventy Ninth]
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Today it is 119 years since the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien (sadly he will never beat the Old Took and Bilbo).

There is always a toast at 9pm local time "To the Professor".


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Re: Signed 1968 UK Paperback LOTR
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O... yes Findegil! Is indeed correct!! Thanks for that... was mixing up the two events. Guess posting in a hurry is never a good thing. Thanks for clearing that up!

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Re: Signed 1968 UK Paperback LOTR
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Thanks for all the replies, I still think that signing 100 books is 'a booksigning event' especially as it was for publicity purposes and is very similar to how publishers today market books.

Afterward, he autographed an interoffice memo for the driver who returned him to Oxford (this turned up on eBay last March)


Laurel bought this item, if I remember correctly.

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The hundred signed paperbacks did not all go to Allen & Unwin personnel or their families. See Chronology, p. 729, for 18 July 1968: 'The paperback will be published in October, and the Allen & Unwin sales department have suggested that, to build up substantial initial sales, booksellers who pre-order one hundred or more copies should get an extra free copy signed by Tolkien.' Otherwise, Tolkien did occasionally sign copies for Allen & Unwin staff. In April 1972, Tolkien asked to meet the publisher's staff at Museum Street in London and at their warehouses/sales offices in Hemel Hempstead to thank them for having sent a three-foot-high card for his 80th birthday (and let us not forget that tomorrow, or today already in some places, the 3rd, is his 119th). He went to London on 27 June, and to Hemel Hempstead on 14 July. During the latter visit, he signed copies of his books for staff members (Chronology, p. 765). Afterward, he autographed an interoffice memo for the driver who returned him to Oxford (this turned up on eBay last March).

Wayne & Christina

Posted on: 2011/1/2 19:46



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